"Our ancestral companions have been part of our lives since the dawn of humanity. Our ancestors took lost wolf pups into their tribes and raised them as their own. So the roots of our connection with dogs run very deep. This connection is why our dogs are our ancestral companions." Juan Luzuriaga
Juan Luzuriaga is a responsible dog trainer with over five years of experience. He has worked with dogs in the East and West coast.
He studied Neuroscience at Rutgers University and is currently studying English at UC Merced. He has been published in a scientific and literary journals.
His philosophy is based on establishing a deep connection with our companions (dogs). This connection is founded on communicating with respect, order, trust, and love. He currently works with reactivity, fear-based aggression, basic obedience, resource guarding, anxiety, etc. His balanced training approach always starts with the least invasive forms first. He is also constantly learning and is currently undergoing the Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) training, which is a national certification recommended by the American Kennel Club.
As a UC Merced student and resident of Merced, Juan Luzuriaga wants to help and serve his community. He runs a daily pack walk from 7 am to 8 am in Merced, volunteers by giving free lessons to people without means and is heavily involved in the community.
Maria is a student of Ayurveda at SHU with a background in psychology and nutrition from SMC. She focuses on nutrition, spirituality, and basic obedience for young dogs. She has had many dogs of different breeds and has studied with dog trainers on the East and West Coasts. Her interest in dogs lies in task completion and enrichment. She has a balanced approach and follows the LIMA method. Her holistic approach is very grounded in a deeper connection with our dogs— connection based on understanding, spirituality, love, and respect.
Moksha is our ancient helper companion. Moksha helps dogs with play modification, reactivity, behavior modification, different types of aggression, fear, and more. Her work in rehabilitating aggressive dogs has saved many dogs from being put down or rehomed.
She is a patient and playful soul with a wealth of wisdom. Moksha will help your dog by showing them new possibilities.
Josh studied animal science at Merced Junior College (MJC). There he learned about animal nutrition, mindset, and more. Josh has experience in Shutzhund training, basic obedience, behavior modification, and more. He has a membership with Wild West Dog Sport (WWDS) and has been working with them for some time now. He's well-versed in obedience, protection, and scent detection. Josh believes that one of the keys to dog training is the focus. Josh is very passionate about dog training and helping others with their ancestral companions.
Allie is a Cal State Hayward (CSU East Bay) alum with a degree in biological sciences.
Through her rough upbringing, animals were always near and dear as she grew up with terriers. Allie is an optimistic soul who believes everyone deserves a chance, no matter the past or circumstances. Allie now dedicates her time to her two high-energy dogs, a cattle dog and a shepherd. She believes strongly in enrichment and mental fulfillment for her dogs and any dog she gets to train.
Allie specializes in agility and service dog training and has experience with fearful, reactive, and high-energy dogs. She enjoys realistic breed-specific games and jobs such as scent work, tracking, guarding, agility, competitive obedience, and rally.
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