Justin Webster, CPDT-KA – Trainer Animal Keeper Poway
Professional Level Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed).
Justin first joined the Animal Keeper Poway team in 2010. He has always been a lover of dogs and all animals.
Justin had previously spent time working at a retreat where he got to work with Zebras and other kinds of wild animals – an unforgettable and valuable experience!
He became interested in dog training after coming to The Animal Keeper and becoming a camp counselor. He attended the Animal Keeper Academy, and with work and study, certified as a CPDT-KA via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
In addition to being a skilled positive reinforcement trainer and problem solver, Justin is also a Camp Counselor. He finds that the two skills sets support and enhance one another.
Justin currently has a large menagerie of dogs including: Lady (pit bull mix), Kingston (pit bull mix), Mitch (pit bull mix), and Billie (shiba inu mix).
Edgar Mayoral – Trainer Animal Keeper Encinitas
Professional Level Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Edgar enjoys teaching dogs and coaching their human families. He especially enjoys helping children build a bond with their pet. Edgar is also a great problem solver – he specializes in helping dogs who pull on leash and demonstrate dog-dog reactivity to develop focus and self control. He is the lead trainer at The Animal Keeper Encinitas.
Alex Denby at Encinitas
The Animal Keeper is proud and delighted to announce that Alex Denby, a trainer at our Encinitas location, has earned his CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (the CCPDT).
The CPDT-KA exam tests the foundational knowledge a professional dog trainer must have in instruction skills; learning theory; ethology; equipment and animal husbandry.
The certification tells you several things about the dog training professional who holds it:
- Proven skills and knowledge
- The drive and determination to successfully complete a rigorous exam process
- A commitment to a strict ethical code for personal and business conduct
- A commitment to gentle, science-based training
- A commitment to continuing education and professional development
- A commitment to enhancing the dog training profession
We could not be prouder of Alex!
Bennett Sharp – Trainer The Animal Keeper Oceanside/Carlsbad
Professional level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Bennett’s background in protecting, serving and teaching (as a life guard and as a guitar teacher, amongst other things) combined with his love for animals, created his path to being a dog trainer.
His experience with pet care includes managing large dog play groups and certification in dog CPR and first aid.
As a trainer Bennett wants to set his clients and their pups up for the best possible life!
Jonathan Janas at Poway
Jonathan Janas, known as “J”, is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. J first started working with dogs when he was in college and over the last 10 years has worked with many different breeds, including training farm dogs! J has broad experience in the pet industry and an absolute love for dogs. He thrives on the challenge of changing a dog’s behavior – creating happy dogs with happy owners makes every day better for J.