Nancy Kloss CPDT-KA, CPR, BA

Nancy Kloss is certified through the Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers nationwide. She has been training since 2001 when her mission was to help rescues with behavior issues. Her inspiration came from training her own dog “Tia, her beloved Boxer /Bulldog” who struggled with fearful and reactive issues.

Nancy takes pride in teaching positive reinforcement/force free methods. She feels it is the best way to build confidence, trust, and enhance the human-canine bond. Nancy believes that Dog Training should be a positive experience that teaches the dog to think for itself, and to choose the right path to succeed . Her style is to utilize motivational techniques to teach in a calm and collective way.

Her roots stem from helping those with anxiety, separation, reactivity, and fearful behaviors.

Nancy teaches good manners classes along with puppy socializing classes. She also offers one-on-one private lessons and consultations.

In addition to teaching, Nancy has fostered and placed over 200 dogs and puppies, including hospice, critical care, behavior issues and handicapped dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes.

She is also certified in CPR for dogs

Carol Humberger, Trainer - A Promised Friend LLC

Carol, is the trainer and owner of A Promised Friend, LLC dog training and sanctuary in Oregon, Oh. She has been working with animal rescue, training and promoting Spay/Neuter for the past 30 years. Carol has studied animal behavior; researching many training methods and developing her own program of behavior modification. She currently has 37 animals that were unwanted or abandoned. Included in these are 9 dogs, along with horses, pigeons, chickens, cats, house birds and a tortoise

Carol offers private in-home training, as well as group classes in a climate controlled facility, and in local parks. She has worked with breed specific rescues and groups including Dobermans, Saint Bernards, Rottweilers, Jack Russells, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Pit bulls, Vizslas, German Shepherds and Schnauzers, along with multi breed groups like Planned Pethood, Save-a-Pet and You Lucky Dog. She has evaluated dogs for local pounds and humane societies. Carol has been a member of APDT (a trainers association) and is registered with the “AKC” as an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen program, She has volunteered with the preschool Head Start program and Toledo Public Schools providing dog safety and pet care seminars.

I hope to certify many rescue dogs to increase their chances for adoption. My goal in training is not to win ribbons, but that people will enjoy their dogs like I do mine! A well-behaved dog makes good “PR” for all dogs. As a Christian I believe everyone is given talents and purpose and I believe this is my purpose in life. I am involved with this project to encourage responsible pet ownership and want to share my gift with as many people as possible.

Vikki Lewis, Trainer

As a child, I had a “knack” for training tricks and basics, and have always wanted to work with animals, especially dogs. Aside from participating in classes, both as a student and assistant, and most recently teaching the Canine Good Citizen class at the Toledo Kennel Club; I have studied training and canine behavior through reading, videos, and attending presentations & seminars. Most importantly, I have lots of “hand-on” experience, spending nearly 5 years fostering for different rescue organizations, training dozens of dogs in basic good manners, potty training, and addressing numerous behavioral issues, in preparation for forever homes.

I love competing in AKC Obedience, Rally, CPE Agility, Barn Hunt and other canine performance activities. My obedience dog, Beau, has taken and passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, Therapy Dog International test, and has earned titles in both Obedience and Rally. Bad Jackie Brown, a Jack Russel Terrier mix, shows lots of potential for canine performance events, including Agility, Rally, Lure Coursing and Barn Hunt. The newest addition to the Lewis pack, Deiter the puppy, is just starting his performance career and I am excited about training him for all of the above-mentioned sports; plus trying new things like, Herding, Carting or Tracking.

I am glad to be a part of Toledo’s Pet Bull Project, and sincerely believe a balanced approach to training and improving behavior, will create positive and lasting relationships between people and their dogs.

Jonathan Farris, Trainer

Jonathan has a passion for working with dogs. He has been training dogs for over ten years. His specialty is working with special cases like aggression and fear as well as dogs that have come from hoarding situations. “They have to learn to be a dog” he says. Jonathan received his training while incarcerated at the Allen County Correctional Facility. He has trained over 500 dogs and once they started testing he has had over 200 pass their Canine Good Citizens test. Jonathan was a mentor to many young men while incarcerated earning him a Certificate of Appreciation from the facility. “I am proud to be a part of Toledo’s Pet Bull Project. There is nothing more rewarding than working with people and their dogs so they can have the same appreciation for their dogs as I do”.