All J9’s K9s Trainers continue their education by regularly attending dog training and behavior seminars, and belong to various well-respected dog trainer organizations. You and your dog deserve a trainer you can trust!
We’re also lucky to have instructor’s assistants present in our classes, ensuring a great student to staff ratio. Several of these amazing dog enthusiasts have been with J9’s K9s for many years and we are extremely grateful for them!
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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. Her family bred and worked hunting dogs, and Janine originally fell in love with dog training when she got a dog of her very own and took him to obedience classes at just 14 years old. She’s an accomplished competitor in performance dog sports and has been training professionally for over 20 years. Her innovative programs have helped countless dogs suffering with behavior issues, including severe phobias and aggression. Janine is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the Pet Professional Guild, 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 wisdom about our canine friends 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 Supermutt “Pie”, and two very naughty cats.
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 has degrees in Social and Behavioral Science, S.T.E.M., Humanities and Anthropology. Christina has shown several American Bulldogs and her Scottish Terrier in Conformation and trained in the sports of Schutzhund and K9 Nose Work. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, Christina has also worked as a groomer and veterinary assistant. She was a long-time volunteer at the local Best Friends Animal Society shelter and has fostered many litters of puppies for the Agoura Shelter.
Mother of four and grandmother of four, Christina lives with her husband Sal, their Pit Bull mix “Besito”, Min Pin “Cleo”, Chihuaha mix “Noir”, Scottish Terrier “Angus”, three cats and two Potbelly/Juliana Pig mixes “Stuart” and “Scarlett”.
Courtney and her Pit Bull/Basset Hound mix “Broccoli”
Courtney Case, CPDT-KA has been working with dogs since 2005. A Los Angeles native, she started her career in as an employee for a small rescue organization and a grooming salon. She spent 7 years in New York City, where she worked as a dog walker and pet sitter, took multiple dog training courses and completed a trainer apprenticeship. She decided to make training her full-time job in 2012 after completing her apprenticeship and couldn’t be happier about it! Courtney is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as well as an AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluator.
Courtney’s Pit Bull/Basset Hound mix “Broccoli” has been her inspiration to continue learning about dog behavior and has shown her that old dogs really can learn new tricks!
Dianna and her Poodle “Edie”
Dianna Buck, CPDT-KA Dianna has two great passions: dogs and acting. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, she has been training dogs for movie and television production since 1998 and has been training with J9’s K9s since 2005. Dianna has also worked for the Pasadena Humane Society’s Behavior Department and X-Plorer Dog Solutions in Northern Italy, and is a certified SAFER Evaluator.
In addition to juggling dog training and her prolific acting career, Dianna and her husband, Scott, are always busy with their two adorable boys, Henry and Gus, their Standard Poodles, “Zara” and “Edie”, and their talkative African Grey Parrot, “Hero”.
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 and Trick Dog Evaluator and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and 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.
Josie and her Golden Retriever “Luc”
Josie Le Balch, CNWI is an AKC Scent Work Judge and has been training at J9’s K9s since 2008. She’s dabbled in Agility, Rally, Obedience and Conformation with her dogs as well as doing Therapy Dog work, but found her true passion in K9 Nose Work. She competes at the top levels of this sport and has achieved the coveted “NW3 Elite” title. Josie has been involved with animals ever since she was a child, volunteering at various multi-species rescue organizations. After years owning and operating restaurants, she hung up her apron and decided to pursue dog training as a full-time career. She currently works at trials almost every weekend and continues to stay abreast of the must current training techniques. She also volunteers at the West Los Angeles Shelter, bringing her sniffer expertise into play so dogs waiting to be adopted can enjoy this enriching, stress-relieving activity there.
Josie and her husband, Frank, share their home with their three Golden Retrievers, “Jack”, “Luc” and “Bella”.
Debbie and her Akita “Kiki”
Debbie Zimmermann, CAMT started training at an early age with her family pets and became hooked on dogs in her 20’s when she got her first Akita. She immersed herself in various training and behavioral classes to help her learn about her newfound passion, and hasn’t stopped since. She’s a graduate of the Ojai School of Canine Massage and a certified animal masseuse through Equinology, plus a provisional Treibball judge for PUSH Treibball.
Debbie has competed with her Akitas in conformation and agility, and now concentrates her training in the sports of K9 Nose Work (where she has attained the top title of NW3) and Treibball. Like all of our wonderful instructors, Debbie sincerely enjoys helping improve human/canine relationships and watching the bond grow between the species as they accomplish their goals together.
Debbie’s family includes her Akitas “Kiki” and “Aki”, “Antoinette” her Main Coon Cat and “Snowflake” her Umbrella Cockatoo..