PEGGY McCARTYSpecialty Programs Supervisor, Senior Trainer, CTC, CPDT-KA, ADL Certified Class Instructor
A Bay Area native, Peggy has been a life long animal lover. She grew up in a large family and with various pets including dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and a few others. She began her "dog training" at a young age by tucking a string under the dogs collar to take her for a walk.
After working in restaurant management overseeing several locations for over 15 years, she decided to try a new venture. In 2004 Peggy began doing personal assistant work for individuals with pet sitting and dog walking as an added service. It soon became evident that the dogs were taking over. This gave her the itch to learn as much as possible about animal behavior and working with dogs. In 2007 Peggy formalized her dog training education by attending the San Francisco SPCA academy for dog trainers where she received her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She also attended the dogTEC dog-walking academy and is a Certified Dog Walker (CDW).
Peggy is committed to continuing her education and keeping up to date on animal behavior and positive training methods. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the South Bay Trainers (SBT). Both APDT and SBT are organizations committed to providing continuing education in animal behavior and positive training methods to their members. She has also received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course. She attends various seminars and training workshops throughout the year to improve her knowledge and skills in canine behavior and training.
Peggy lives in Santa Clara with her dog Marley, a sweet but rambunctious lab mix. She does volunteer work at the Silicon Valley Animal Care and Control socializing and training dogs. She also loves to garden, take photos and spend time with friends and family.
JOSETTE KIMESSpecialty Class Instructor
Josette is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She has been training and competing in the sport since 2009 with two of her dogs. Both have titled in the Nose Work 1 and Nose Work 2 Levels, and are currently training for the Nose Work Level 3 competition. She continues to train with the founders of The NACSW to increase her Nose Work knowledge. What she enjoys most about Nose Work is that it's always fun for her and her dogs, and they learn so much. It is great to see the dogs using their brain to solve scenting. She and her dogs love Nose Work and they can be found all over the continental United States practicing.
Josette has 3 Entlebucher mountain dogs, the smallest of the Swiss Mountain Dogs. She has owned several breeds and rescues. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (ADPT), South Bay Trainers (SBT), and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
RACHEL EVERSSpecialty Class Instructor
Rachel began her professional life as a dancer and K-12 educator, and has been teaching workshops for children and adults since 1995. She made the leap to dog training in 2006, and found a natural fit for her experience in dance, education, and psychology. Helping students to develop an awareness of themselves and their canine companions through movement and clear communication has been a rewarding part of her work, and Rachel credits the success of her own dogs in Agility, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, and Pet Assisted Therapy to the strong sense of teamwork she has developed with them through ongoing training. She loves training and competing with her dogs Kubby (All-American Mutt) and Chloe (Border Collie), and recently welcomed a new puppy to the Evers team, Zimmer!