National K-9 Learning Center Instructors and Certified Trainers

Our Instructors

Bob Jervis

Director of the School for Dog Trainers and Head Instructor

Bob has an extensive background in business and business management. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Canine Professionals and has attended every annual conference the organization has held. Bob is also a member of the following organizations: National K-9 Dog Trainers Association (NK9DTA) and National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA).

Bob attends numerous seminars and conferences annually to keep up on the latest in ideas and techniques in training and behavior. Bob believes that a dog should be evaluated and judged on an individual basis, not solely by its breed. He has and will continue to oppose Breed Specific Legislation in all of its discriminatory forms.

Bob’s favorite areas of instruction are Retrieval, Tracking, Scent Detection, Service Dog Training, Puppy Development and Behavior Modification. Bob is President of National K-9 Learning Center. He is also the Head Instructor and Director of the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers. Bob is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Chris Altier

Director of Training and Instructor

As the National K-9 Learning Center’s Director of Training, Chris coordinates and assists with the professional development of the staff’s certified professional trainers. He also is responsible for the continued enhancement and implementation of National K-9’s training and behavior programs. As a School for Dog Trainers’ Instructor, Chris enjoys the following areas of instruction with students: Puppy Preschool, Behavior Problem Solving, Obedience Training, Customer Counseling, Utility, Personal Protection, and Police K-9 functions. Chris is the Vice President of National K-9, Inc. and responsible for supervising the boarding facility.

In addition to instructing dog owners and School for Dog Trainers’ students, Chris has experience training dogs and their handlers for law enforcement, scent detection, personal protection, and service/handicapped assistance. He also has experience training his personal and clients’ dogs for therapy dog certifications. Chris enjoys speaking to outside groups of adults and children about dog training, behavior, and safety.

Chris is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association. He is also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test.

Before joining the National K-9 staff, Chris established and operated his own professional dog training and care business in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers during this period to expand upon his knowledge of dog training and behavior. After completing the six-week course he was invited to join the staff as a certified professional trainer and an instructor.

Chris is originally from Wooster, Ohio and received a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Chris and his wife, Katie, have two children. They also have a Belgian Malinois named Strider.

 

Lauren Peddicord

Certified Professional Trainer and Assistant Instructor

Lauren has had lifelong interest in working with animals. In high school she volunteered at a veterinary clinic and also raised a guide dog puppy for a year. After high school she attended Morehead State University for a short time and majored in veterinary technology. While in school she realized that she was more interested in working strictly with dogs and behavior rather than veterinary science. After returning to the Columbus area from college she volunteered at a local dog shelter and then discovered National K-9’s School for Dog Trainers. After completing the six-week course at National K-9 she was employed at a training center in Circleville, Ohio for a short period before joining the National K-9 staff.

Lauren is interested in Puppy Preschool, Obedience training, Personal Protection, Police K-9 and Service Dog training with clients and students. She is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association. She is also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test and has completed the American Red Cross Pet First Aid Course. Lauren continues her education by attending training and behavior related workshops.

Lauren is from Columbus, Ohio and currently has a German Shepherd Dog named Sherlock, a Labrador Retriever named Calcifer and a cat named Olive.

 

Sara Peckham

Certified Professional Trainer and Assistant Instructor

From a young age, Sara spent time volunteering in local animal shelters. An avid member of 4-H, Sara continued to pursue her animal education. After graduating high school, she spent several years at the College of Wooster studying History, Anthropology, and Art History. Although she enjoyed her studies, she realized she needed to follow her passions. She worked at two doggy daycares/boarding facilities for three years before deciding to attend National K-9’s School for Dog Trainers six-week trainers’ course. Shortly after graduation she joined the National K-9 staff.

Sara is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association. She is also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test and has completed the American Red Cross Pet First Aid Course.  Sara continues her education by attending training and behavior related workshops. Her interests include Service Dog Training, Tracking, Puppy Preschool, Obedience Training, Retrieval, Personal Protection and Police K-9.

She has Pointer mix named Aella, a Fox Terrier mix named Kayleigh, and a lone cat Thomas.

 

Katie Namen

Certified Professional Trainer and Assistant Instructor

Katie has always had a great interest in animals and as a child she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. After high school she studied pre-veterinary biology and zoology at Youngstown State University and Kent State University. During college she also gained valuable experience while employed at a local veterinary clinic. Katie relocated from northeast Ohio to Columbus, Ohio in order to pursue a degree in veterinary technology. During this time she began to work as a kennel attendant at National K-9. Her experience at National K-9 introduced her to training and behavior by observing and learning from the staff trainers. This experience ultimately led Katie to change from the veterinary field to dog training and behavior. She then completed the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers six-week course. Katie rejoined the National K-9 staff as a certified professional trainer upon graduation.

Katie’s interests include Obedience Training, Retrieval, Personal Protection, Puppy Preschool, Police K-9, and Service Dog Training. She is a member of the National K-9 Dog Trainer’s Association and International Association of Canine Professionals. She is also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test and has completed the American Red Cross Pet First Aid Course.  She plans to continue her education through workshops and seminars.

Katie is originally from Canton, Ohio and has two dogs: a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Jiggers, and a Husky/Australian Cattle Dog mix named Future.

 

Cassie Smith

Certified Professional Trainer and Assistant Instructor

Cassie grew up on her family’s ranch in a small town in Northern California and has had a passion for working with dogs from a young age. She grew up training family dogs, training horses and working with livestock. After high school Cassie raised two puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind in California and worked in a grooming shop for a few years. Cassie also apprenticed with stock dog trainers in the area for a few years and this is where she acquired her first Border Collie.

Cassie’s early experiences with dogs resulted in her attending National K-9’s School for Dog Trainers six-week course. After completion of the course she joined the National K-9 staff. Cassie’s interests in training are obedience, behavior modification, puppy development, retrieval, service work and personal protection. She is also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test and has completed the American Red Cross Pet First Aid Course. She is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association.

Cassie is originally from Northern California and currently has a Border Collie named Zoe and a Belgian Malinois named Brom.

 

Dr. Michael Turley, DVM

School for Dog Trainers’ Canine Health Lecturer

Dr. Turley has been instructing National K-9 School for Dog Trainer students since the 1980’s. Dr. Turley’s lectures include information regarding routine canine health issues, parasites, vaccinations and canine first aid. He is also eager to answer any canine health related questions students may have. Dr. Turley’s passion is in preventative medicine.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 and then established the Hamilton Road Animal Hospital. Originally from Columbus, Dr. Turley and his wife Lynn have two children. The Turley family also has a Golden Retriever named Briscoe and one cat.

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