J9's K9s Crew

All J9's K9s Trainers continue their education by regularly attending dog training and behavior seminars, and belong to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (a nationwide organization that you can contact for referrals if you're not lucky enough to live nearby and attend our classes.) You and your dog deserve a trainer you can trust!

We're also lucky to have between 25 to 30 active class assistants at any given time, ensuring a terrific student to staff ratio in all of our classes. Several of these amazing dog enthusiasts have been with J9's K9s for many years and we are extremely grateful for them!

Scroll down for information about current J9's K9s Trainers:

Janine Pierce

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Janine and her Irish Wolfhound "Cavaal"

 

Janine Pierce, CPDT-KA is the owner and founder of J9's K9s Dog Training, Inc. She's an accomplished competitor in performance dog sports and has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years. Her innovative programs have helped countless dogs suffering from behavior problems, including severe phobias and aggression. In addition to the J9’s K9s instructor requirement of professional membership in Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Janine is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Pet Professional Guild and Truly Dog-Friendly Group, and an AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluator. She's served on the boards of several training organizations and has studied with many well known trainers over the years, both here and in the U.K. Her appearances include: speaking at conferences for national veterinary and rescue associations, being featured in and writing articles for national publications, appearances on Animal Planet's "It's Me Or The Dog" with Victoria Stillwell, starring in a film entitled "Train Your Dog", sharing canine wisdom on the Fine Living Channel and more. Currently you can see her on CBS's nationally syndicated television show, "Dog Tales".

Janine currently lives with her extremely understanding husband, Dave, their Papillon "Fizz" and two very naughty cats.

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Stephanie Colman

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Stephanie and her Golden Retriever "Quiz"

 

Stephanie Colman, M.A. discovered her passion for training dogs over 15 years ago at J9's K9s. Her creative talents have been responsible for many of our innovative classes such as the "Dog Training Flash Mob" and "Camp Waggin’ Tails" weekend training adventures (held in both the Central California Coast and Big Bear Lake). She shares her life with her Golden Retriever "Saber" and has successfully competed in more than seven different types of dog sports, earning 34 titles to date! Stephanie was the featured trainer for KNBC’s “Dog Bites,” and she and her dogs can be seen in “The Original Dog Whisperer DVD" with Paul Owens.

Stephanie holds a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations and an M.A. in Mass Communication; she's a regular contributor to The Whole Dog Journal, APDT's Chronicle of the Dog, and many other well-known publications.

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Christina Villagrana

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Christina and her Chihuahua mix "Brandi", American Bulldog "Bandit", Min Pin "Cleo", and Pit Bull mix "Besito".

 

Christina Villagrana, CPDT-KA has been at J9’s K9s since 2012. Her mother bred and showed Collies when she was a child and her love of dogs has continued to grow ever since! She trained her first dog at the age of 12 as a member of 4-H and competed in Obedience Trials at local fairs. She’s shown American Bulldogs in Conformation and trained with them in the sport of Schutzhund. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Pet Professional Guild, Christina has worked as a groomer and veterinary assistant; she was a long-time volunteer at the Best Friends Shelter and is currently training her Pit Bull mix, “Besito”, in K9 Nose Work.

Mother of four and grandmother of two, Christina lives with her husband Sal, two of her sons, Pit Bull mix “Besito”, Min Pin “Cleo”, and Chihuahua mix “Brandi”.

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Jenna Pitman

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Jenna and her Great Dane "Aeneas"

 

Jenna Pitman began her career with dogs in 2005, first as a grooming assistant, then quickly moved on to dog walking and training. She worked with a number of Seattle’s best trainers and after relocating to Los Angeles and fostering a smart little Border Collie mix named “Calliope”, she decided to pursue dog training as a full-time career. Enter J9's K9s! She and Janine connected, and Jenna has been working with J9’s K9s since 2015.
 
Jenna lives with her Great Dane “Aeneas” who enjoys practicing Nose Work, two cats named “Zillah” and “Whymer” who also enjoy practicing Nose Work, a couple of tarantulas who seem to mostly just enjoy hanging out, and her boyfriend, Alex, who enjoys her pets more than he’s obligated to. When not training dogs, Jenna pursues her other passion, writing fiction, and is looking to her first novel's publication in 2018!

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Hudson Shock

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Hudson and his Boxer "Trooper"

 

Hudson Shock, CPDT-KA has been with J9's K9's since 2010. He's a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, an AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and has trained dogs and other animals for television, movies and commercials in addition to companion dogs and those in shelters. Hudson and his wife Molly's Boxer mixes, "Trooper" and "BeBop", had many on-screen parts in both television and film including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Chihuahua: The Movie.” Their newest additions, Shepherd mix "Derby" and Boxer "Krypto", have yet to earn their first paychecks, but "Krypto's" future in Agility is looking very auspicious.

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Romana Audette

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Ramona with her Labs "Anton" and "Gretzky"

 

 Ramona Audette, CNWI has been teaching classes at J9’s K9s since 2010 and is another of the original seven founding Certified Canine Nose Work Instructors of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) who helped popularize K9 Nose Work in Southern California. Ramona became hooked on dog training in 1988 as a puppy raiser and subsequently, a staff trainer for Guide Dogs of America. She is a NACSW Appointed ORT Judge and Certifying Official, an AKC Obedience Trial Steward and an AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In addition to K9 Nose Work, Ramona competes with her own dogs at top levels in Agility, Obedience, Rally and Splash Dogs.

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Michael McManus

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Michael and his Siberian Husky "Lumi"

 

Michael McManus, CATT, CNWI fell in love with dog training in 2009, when he started training his Siberian Husky puppy, "Lumi". He attended the first Treibball Training Academy at the American Treibball Association Headquarters in Colorado, and has been a Certified American Treibball Trainer ever since. Michael is also a Certified as a Canine Nose Work Instructor through the NACSW; he teaches and competes in herding as well as Nose Work. Michael and his wife, Natalie, live in Pearblossom with Husky "Lumi",  their Australian Shepherd mix, "Cinnamon", two Border Collies, "Hazel" and "Ghost", two horses, thirteen sheep and two guinea pigs.

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Amanda Posen

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Amanda and herTerrier mix "Eliza"

 

Amanda Posen, A.S., CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and earned her degree in Exotic Animal Management and Training (EATM) at Moorpark College. In her specialized education there, Amanda had the opportunity to train a variety of different species. A member the Pet Professional Guild, her passion for working with animals originally sparked when she was just 8 years old as a puppy raiser with Guide Dogs of America. Since graduating from EATM, Amanda has worked with dogs at a number of training and daycare facilities. She is also a studio trainer and has taught advanced training classes in production work to both dog and cat owners. Amanda is very excited to be a part of J9's K9s, helping us create stronger bonds between dogs and their humans!


Amanda has a spunky Terrier/Corgi mix, "Eliza", who enjoys being in the spotlight and doing Agility. Eliza can be seen in a coffee table book entitled "Dogs in Cars" and on NBC's show "Telenovela".

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Sue Blackburn

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Sue and her Labrador mix "Buddy"

 

Sue Blackburn has been training dogs at J9’s K9s since 2006. She competes in Agility, Rally Obedience, Conformation, Field and Splash Dogs. Mother of four, Sue shares her home with her husband, Don, and “Tatum" and "Etta", both Flat Coated Retrievers. When she’s not training dogs, Sue works with brand new mothers as a maternity nurse in a nearby hospital, which makes her particularly good at reassuring stressed-out new dog parents!

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