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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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 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’s  been working with J9’s K9s since 2015, and is currently attending college pursuing a degree in applied animal behavior.
 
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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Josie Le Balch

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Josie and her Golden Retriever, "Luc"

 

Josie Le Balch, ANWI 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 teaches Nose Work at several locations, 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 lives with three Golden Retrievers, “Jack”, "Luc" and "Bella", along with her husband, Frank. We're excited to officially welcome her to our Crew!

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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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