Meet Our Trainers

At Training Spot, our clients are family! All of us have come to dog training because of our passion for working with animals and our own experiences with challenging dogs, we are constantly learning new things and keeping up to date on modern training methods, customer service focused, we want to help our clients fit dog training into their busy lives and make it fun and easy.

Jennifer Biglan, CDBC, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
jen@trainingspot.us

Jennifer Biglan knew she wanted to work with animals at a young age growing up in Eugene. After graduating from the University of Oregon and working as a volunteer at a dog shelter, Jennifer found her calling. Today, she is one of only seven Certified Dog Behavior Consultant in the state of Oregon. In addition, Jennifer is well known throughout the community, and by many area veterinarians, for her amazing work in solving behavioral problems. As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner with a natural talent for understanding dog behavior, she has extensive knowledge and background in alleviating aggressive tendencies.

Specialty: Behavior and aggression issues

I enjoy helping people and pets overcome behavior issues and develop loving relationships that last a lifetime. It’s such a rewarding career.

Qualifications

  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (Evaluator #11004)
  • Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) (Member #64970)
  • Member, Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certified until March 2022
  • Proud pet parent of 2 dogs and 3 cats
  • Insured for your peace of mind
  • References available on request

Continuing Education

  • Chicken Camp: Course 1-3 Discrimination, Cueing, and Criteria
  • Chicken Camp, Bob Bailey Survey of Operant Conditioning 2 Day Workshop
  • University of Oregon, Trauma & the Human-Animal Bond
  • Oregon State University Behavior Seminar, “Cujo Meets Pavlov”
  • Oregon State University Canine Behavior Seminar
  • 3 day Clicker Training Expo
  • 5 day Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference
  • San Diego Humane Society Dogs and Babies Seminar
  • Humane Society of the United States Compassion Fatigue Seminar
  • Aggression Cases A-Z
  • 5 Day Animal Training Seminar with Ken Ramirez
  • Canine Body Language, Health and Stress Seminar with Turid Rugaas
  • The Great Big Dog Behavior Workship with Dr. Chris Pachel
  • Clicker Expo 2019

Tera Dschaak-James, KPA CTP, ABCT, CPDT-KA

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed

Animal Behavior College Graduate
tera@trainingspot.us

Tera Dschaak-James has always had a passion for animals – especially dogs. When her dog Scout was showing signs of behavior issues, she went looking for the most highly referred specialist in the region, Jen Biglan. After watching and working with Jen to modify Scout’s behavior using positive reinforcement and other techniques, Tera knew she wanted to educate dog owners – dedicating her time and energy to creating a better outcome for area families and dogs. Today, Tera teaches the importance of early socialization to ward off behavior problems in her popular puppy classes. Her Good Dog classes are fun and effective. Helping dogs integrate into a new home is one of her specialties.

Specialty: Puppy Programs & Good Dog Classes.

Teaching dog owners a better way to communicate with their dogs and help alleviate stressful situations is incredibly rewarding.

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Animal Behavior College Graduate (ABC Trainer)
  • Certified Puppy Start Right Instructor
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certified until March 2022

Continuing Education

  • John Rogerson: In Depth Behavior Counseling and Aggression Training
  • Chicken Camp Training
  • Play & Reinforcers with Kay Lawrence.
  • Clicker Expo 2015 and 2017
  • Canine Body Language, Health and Stress Seminar with Turid Rugaas
  • The Great Big Dog Behavior Workshop with Dr. Chris Pachel
  • Clicker Expo 2019

Carmaleta Aufderheide, MS, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed

MS in Conflict Resolution from University of Oregon
carm@trainingspot.us

Carmaleta Aufderheide, known as Carm at the training center, loves dogs and is fascinated by social psychology, behavior, and how they intersect. Her heart dog, a golden retriever named Jake, inspired her master’s thesis research on the human-animal bond. Prior to becoming a dog trainer, she worked as an NICU nurse for 12 years, and then was a stay-at-home mom. Her empathy for others with reactive dogs was forever changed by her experiences with her own reactive dog, Riley. Her passion lies in helping other pet parents find their way through the maze of reactivity.

I train because it makes me a better person – I learn as much from my dogs as they learn from me. They teach me how to be non-judgmental and how to connect with others.

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certified until March 2022
  • Proud pet parent of 3 dogs.
  • Insured for your peace of mind.
  • References available upon request.

Continuing Education

  • Canine Body Language, Health and Stress Seminar with Turid Rugaas
  • The Great Big Dog Behavior Workshop with Dr. Chris Pachel
  • Clicker Expo 2019

Katie Holland, KPA CTP

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
katie@trainingspot.us

Katie has worked in the veterinary industry for the past 10 years. She says the best part of her days have always been giving training advice and helping to ensure patients’ visits are as stress-free as possible. Katie fell in love with dog training at the age of 12 when she took her childhood dog to group training classes. Thanks to training, she watched her transform from a fearful dog to a happy confident member of her family. Since then, she started learning everything she could about training and animal behavior. She’s passionate in the belief that training should aways be fun for the person and the dog! When she’s not training and talking about dogs, she can be found hiking with her wife Amy and their two wonderful dogs, Neko and Commander.

I love dog training because it helps people connect, understand and love their dogs even more.

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certified until March 2022
  • Proud Pet Parent of 2 dogs
  • Insured for your peace of mind
  • References available upon request

Continuing Education

  • Dog Training Foundations with Karen Pryor Academy
  • Clicker Expo 2019

Lauren Kelley, KPA CTP (In Progress)

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (In Progress)
lk@trainingspot.us

Lauren grew up in the state of Washington and attributes her love of dogs to her Grandmother, who was a breeder of Collies and a judge in the AKC. Visits with her grandmother were spent willingly helping with the dogs: Meal time, grooming, cleaning the boarding area, and of course, taking the Collies down to the creek to let go of their show-dog seriousness for an afternoon. As Lauren grew older she came across other interests such as photography and human psychology, but something inside was calling her back to a life with dogs. Lauren has a passion for expanding her knowledge on how we can understand and communicate better with our pups, providing strong and trusting relationships between us all.

Ava Schauer, KPA CTP (In Progress)

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (In Progress)
ava@trainingspot.us

Ava Schauer believes in using positive reinforcement to strengthen the relationship between people and their canine companions. Ava has always been an unapologetic dog nerd. From grooming, to fostering for local rescues, to drawing pet portraits, she surrounded herself with all things dog. Eager to learn anything she could, she reached out to the trainers at Training Spot and began mentoring with Jen and Tera when she was 14 years old. Now 18, Ava is currently enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy professional dog training program.

Annette Cutsforth, KPA CTP (In Progress)

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
annette@trainingspot.us

I have always had a love for animals, and an interest in training. In 2018, I adopted a puppy, after many years of not having a dog of my own. I began taking her to classes at Training Spot, and was instantly drawn to the positive reinforcement training methods. As she started showing signs of fear and reactivity we started working with Jen to modify her behavior, and I began reading training books. I am fascinated with the science of positive reinforcement training, and with how gentle and effective these methods are for teaching behavior and modifying emotional response. This path with my own dog has renewed my interest in training, and I want to teach others the joy of training to help them navigate and create their best relationship with their dogs.

Qualifications

  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid certified until June 2022
  • Clicker Expo 2019
  • Clicker Expo 2020

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