Our Staff & INSTRUCTORSWho We Are
As WonderDogs’ reputation and popularity grew, so did the WonderDogs staff. Barbara has surrounded herself with highly qualified and accomplished instructors and friendly office staff.
Barbara began her professional career educating pet owners on proper care of their animals in 1967 as a staff member on and later contributing editor with Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy Magazines. When the editorial offices moved to California, Barbara secured a position as Assistant to the Director of the Bide-A-Wee Animal Shelter in New York City.
Observing that dogs were constantly being returned to the shelter because of recurring behavior problems, she encouraged the shelter’s management to send her to dog training school to learn how to solve the dogs’ problems. It was then, in 1969, that she attended a full-time six week course on dog training at Capt. Haggerty’s School for Dogs in The Bronx, New York.
She spent the next 25 years as a veterinary nurse, technician, and hospital administrator in several high-volume practices in South Jersey and Philadelphia. During this period, she continued to offer clients solutions to behavioral and training problems on a part-time basis.
Barbara is currently a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is one of a handful of obedience instructors in South Jersey to have passed the rigorous testing procedure to become a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Over the years, she has taught many puppy classes for Evesham Township and was a contributing editor to The Trend Newspaper for many years where her column, “The Wonder of Dogs” appeared weekly.
She currently Enjoys the company of her 5 dogs: 2 Silken Windhounds Gideon and Isaiah and 3 rescues: Libby, Louisa and Naomi.
Marci’s career in dogs began after attending a seminar at the University of Guelph in Canada on “How Dogs Learn” in 1992. She began her professional career at WonderDogs shortly after the school opened and has been the store manager for many years.
During the past few years, Marci has developed an intense interest in the sport of racing, which began with a friend’s Pharaoh Hounds and has since done lure coursing, straight and oval racing with the Pharaohs and her own Whippet, Dave.
After years of assisting in classes, Marci has become a true expert in dog behavior and training and is now instructing classes of her own.
Her own personal menagerie includes a Italian Greyhound, Macho, Pharaoh Hound, Tulip and Whippet, Bob.
Pet Manners & Just For Fun Agility
Sally began with a solid foundation after having completed an extensive on-line course in motivational dog training. She began observing classes at WonderDogs in 2003. This gave her the hands-on knowledge she needed to begin team-teaching with us while continuing to learn from our more experienced instructors Although her full time career is in an unrelated field, the communication skills, patience and understanding that are required in that field are also vital to conducting classes for pet dogs and their families. Sally finds that helping families form a lasting bond with their dogs and develop better understanding of how dogs learn, how they perceive the world and how their behavior can be improved is an enjoyable and extremely gratifying experience. A true dog lover, Sally approaches her teaching with humor, dedication and skill. Lives with husband, Sam, and rescue dog, Franklin.
Various Pet Classes & Office Support
Danielle’s love of dogs began when she was just a little girl when her family brought home their first dog, Beau, a large yellow Labrador. Beau taught Danielle how much fun life can be with a dog in it. Her second dog, Riley, another yellow lab, came into her life years later. Danielle’s first dog training experience materialized through a grade school science fair experiment where she taught Riley how to “spell” his name (or just bark after each letter as she spelled his name). A close relative who trains dogs professionally then assisted her to teach Riley basic obedience techniques, which sparked an interest in dog training that has continued to grow ever since.
Although Danielle pursued other career interests through her college days, dog training was always in the back of her mind. It wasn’t until Danielle brought home her first Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Hooper, that it became clear dog training was what she wanted to pursue professionally. She began working as an Accredited Pet Trainer at a big box store in October 2021, while attending Animal Behavior College. During this period she volunteered at theAnimal Welfare Association to gain experience with a variety of breeds, ages, and backgrounds while earning her degree. She graduated as a Certified Dog Trainer in September 2022.
Danielle, along with her husband, son, and Hooper welcomed a second Bernese Mountain Dog, Brody, into the family. Brody, having been a rescue with a difficult background, has taught Danielle how to manage and work with fearful dogs.
Danielle is truly a people person, but as much as she loves people, she loves dogs more. She is passionate about helping pet parents strengthen the bond between themselves and their dog through positive reinforcement and enrichment.
I have been involved with Nosework since 2015. With my first NW dog Zoey, we titled in AKC Scent Work at the Advanced Level, in Performance Scent Dogs at the Advanced Level, and in NACSW at the NW3 level with additional Level 1 and Level 2 Element titles.
My current Nosework dog is Axel. We are actively competing in AKC Scent Work at the Master and Detective levels and have completed both Master Buried and Master Container titles. We have titled in National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) in NW3, Level 2 Interiors and all the Level 1 Elements (Vehicles/Exteriors/Interiors & Containers). We are actively training for NW3 Elite. We also have our Scent Dog Novice title with Performance Scent Dogs.
We have added a new addition to our family, a Rottweiler puppy named Vi who will also be training for Nosework.
I am an AKC Scent Work judge and have been a Teaching Assistant for the School of Nosework at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (FDSA) for the past 3 years.
I consider professionalism and ethical standards to be the cornerstones of a good competitive spirit, whether on the giving or receiving end. By adhering to high professional and ethical standards, fairness and common courtesy become a routine easily maintained.
I am passionate about the sport and very excited about teaching Nosework at Wonderdogs.
Jude Azaren grew up with collies, music, and dance. She and Glory, her first trained dog, won first prize in a local dog training competition when Judith was 14. In addition to playing piano and guitar, Judith has studied and taught ballet, yoga, and competitive figure skating. Judith and her rescue dogs have titled in rally, agility, musical freestyle, dog parkour, and tricks. Her dogs have earned more than 200 titles, including championship titles. Her newest team mate is Dragon, a two year old Belgian Malinois. Judith believes the best dog-human performance teams are developed with love, laughter, and lots of treats.
Kathy’s love of flyball began in 2007 with her Rat Terrier, Ripley. Ripley achieved her ONYX title through the North American Flyball Association (NAFA®) and retired at age 12. In 2021 Kathy’s dog, Zuko earned his FGDCh (Flyball Grand Champion) title through NAFA®. Currently, she is training her 1 year old dog, Ender. Kathy is an original and active member of the Happily Evfur After flyball club.
Following her passion for the sport, she began assistant teaching in 2011 and became the flyball instructor at WonderDogs in 2014. Kathy enjoys the one-on-one training that is unique to each handler and dog. She also believes in the importance of encouraging students to keep things fun for them as well as their dogs.
Before turning her focus to flyball, Kathy trained in agility and explored other sports. Her dogs currently compete in dock diving, agility, and barn hunt. Competing at the 2021 Barn Hunt National, Zuko won and earned the title of Grand National Champion 2021. He also won the Silver Medal in Versatility.
In 2010, Kathy rescued a dog reactive Border Collie, Keegan. Kathy took lessons and competed in VALOR, a virtual agility league geared for dogs and handlers unable to compete in mainstream venues. Through Keegan, Kathy explored different training programs for reactive dogs.
Kathy continues to grow her knowledge of dog behavior and sports through training with skilled instructors, attending seminars and, reading books.
Pet Classes, Reactive Rovers, Finishing School
When Buck began owning pet dogs in the late 1950’s, his only goal was to have dogs that displayed good house manners and came when they were called. As his desire to understand more about dog behavior grew, along with an equally strong desire to help owners who seemed to have difficulties with their dogs, Buck began an intense program to educate himself using books, videos and seminars to increase his knowledge and expertise.
He tried to enroll his first Fila Brasiliero in an obedience class only to find that the instructor, wary of this large, fiercely protective breed, would not allow the dog in the class. Forced to utilize trainers specializing in forceful methods, Buck learned how to get this dynamic dog under control during both normal and stressful situations. All the while he was continuing to increase his dog training expertise.
He began assisting in basic obedience classes that used positive reinforcement training and this kindler, gentler method greatly appealed to him. After assisting for years, Buck took a test to become a full-charge instructor at Petco in Bensalem, PA and he continues his classes there to this day. Buck has also continued through seminars, helping at dog shows and various dog-related events, doing Canine Good Citizen to remain involved, active and up to date in the care and training of dogs.
His goal as an instructor at WonderDogs is to help owners live in harmony with their dogs, to increase their understanding of their canine companions and to improve their relationships with and enjoyment of these wonderful animals. he lives with his wife, Patty, and rescue dog, Frankie.
Therapy Dog Prep
Like many young girls, Janice developed a love of ponies. Janice became an avid equestrian, spending 16 years training and competing show horses. She learned all there was to know about horse husbandry and joy of riding. She spent years in the ring competing and was selected to ride on the U.S. Junior Olympic Equestrian Team.
In 2004, Janice adopted Ellie, a full-of-life (gross understatement) Golden Retriever who, because of her energy, had been through 4 homes before finding the right one. Together they started taking WonderDogs classes, which included Terrible Teens, rally, agility and canine musical freestyle. Janice’s passion of canine training and bringing out the best in dogs fully emerged.
Professionally, Janice started as a veterinary technician then started her own professional pet sitting business 28 years ago. Her career for the past 18 years has been in the mental health field. One of her areas of expertise is providing trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy to children in residential group homes with her canine partners. Her combined interest in helping others and working with dogs lead her to Tri-State Canine Response Team, where she serves as President and Co-Founder. Additionally, Janice is certified in animal assisted therapy, animal assisted crisis response, and is a Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor for the State of NJ.
She is dedicated to giving back by utilizing her professional expertise and knowledge of the healing power of dogs to help others.
Breed - Show handling
Bob has been an avid dog lover and enthusiast most of his life. He and his wife Joanne began coming to WonderDogs with their first Australian Shepherd, Sisko, in 1999, and have been attending classes ever since. They have taken numerous classes in obedience, show handling, and agility and have put one or more titles on all of their dogs. They are currently working toward that goal with their youngest Aussie. Bob is thankful to the staff at WonderDogs for providing the foundation that allows his dogs to grow and achieve. A retired pharmacist, Bob joined our team in the summer of 2015. He enjoys competing with his dogs and has many conformation wins. His love of dogs and belief in the training philosophy of Wonderdogs makes him a valuable member of our support staff. Bob lives with his wife Joanne, and their Aussies, Tucker and Remi.
That pleasant, helpful person you hear on the phone on Tuesday evenings, Thursday mornings and Sundays is Mary (McManus). Mary began volunteering at WonderDogs in 2002 and by 2004 had become a permanent employee. Her love of dogs and compassion for people is apparent in everything she does and she never tires of meeting new students and their dogs. While she is especially attracted to Goldens and Labradors, she admits to falling in love with pretty much every dog that enters our doors.
” I founded Wonderdogs on the training philosophy of “Kindness Above All.” We want you to build a relationship with your dog based on fairness and trust. Our experienced instructors teach positive motivation techniques. Our classes are easy to follow, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. You will receive personalized attention in a small class setting. Our store offers the latest toys and pet supplies. We specialize in quality leather products, unusual and useful supplies, and healthy treats and food.
Our school is centrally located between the Marlton and Berlin circles in South Jersey. We’re more than a school, we’re South Jersey’s Ultimate Canine Activity Center. Come in, call us, or e-mail today to find out more.”
– Barbara Kahn
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Location: 424D Kelly Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091
Telephone: (856) 767-6464
Facility Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm