Learn from the best! Our team has extensive education, experience and skills in the field of animal behavior and training.
Obedience and Agility Instructor
AKC CGC Evaluator
Christina has been participating in the dog world for more than 25 years. She started with breeding Dobermans and showing them in conformation, achieving conformation championship titles and then her interests turned to dog agility and obedience.
She began competing in dog agility in 1995 and after attaining agility titles on several dogs she began to teach dog agility classes along with basic obedience. Her agility classes began in Atlanta and for the past 10 years she taught dog agility for Alaqua Animal Refuge in Walton County . She has also been teaching basic obedience in peoples homes. Specializing in puppies and fear based behavior problems.
Christina has trained with many of the top agility and obedience professionals in the country. These include Susan Garett, Karen Holik, Linda Mecklenberg, Julie Daniels, and Corally Burmaster to name some.
Christina competed in agility first with four of her Dobermans – Beatrice, Maddie,Virgil and Lucia – followed by her Sheltie Brick and then a 10 year career with Kyma, her Border Collie, who became a Master Agility Champion. He competed until he was 12 years old and qualified for Nationals several times. Currently she is competing with her young Shetland Sheepdog who has already reached the Master/ Excellent Level.
Christina’s primary goal is to give owner/handlers the skills needed to train their dogs using positive reinforcement.
K9 Scent Work Instructor
Linda discovered scent work when she retired her dog, Emma from agility and fell in love with the sport. Linda has studied scent work training with Fred Helfer, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and is an accredited scent instructor through Dr. Robert Hewings program. She now competes with her dogs in the top levels of scent work in AKC and NACSW.
Linda has had dogs all her life with her family breeding and showing German Shepherds in conformation. She actively trains and competes in many dog sports, AKC/UKC Field, Agility, Rally, Obedience, Trick Dog, Dock Diving and Scent Work.
Linda has two Labrador retrievers, Emma and Bounty, and has achieved impressive titles with her dogs: AKC Advanced Scent Work, Nosework 1, Master Hunter and Hunting Retriever Champion, Master Agility Championship (MACH), and Senior Dock Diving. With each dog sport Linda learns all she can so she can be the best team mate for her dogs and instructor for her students. Linda lives with her 2 Labrador Retrievers and Oliver the cat. Linda teaches beginner through advanced scent work and is available for private lessons.
Agility and Tricks Instructor
AKC CGC Evaluator / Trick Dog Evaluator
Lisa Graham discovered the sport of agility in Palm Beach County with her Golden, Sophie, in 2001. Since that time, she has gained experience training and competing in multiple agility venues including AKC, ASCA, NADAC and USDAA. She has qualified for the AKC Agility National Championships with three of her dogs, and competed at the Championship event. Three of her Goldens, Sophie, Finnegan and Darcy have earned the honorific of the Golden Retriever Club of America’s Agility Dog Hall of Fame and Finnegan and Lisa earned two Master Agility Championship (MaCH) Titles. Lisa is actively competing with her Golden, Darcy in Agility as well as dabbling in Obedience, Rally and Tricks. Young Pippin is just beginning her Agility career and has also been having fun with Tricks!
Lisa has worked with a wide range of breeds and handler skill sets, and enjoys the challenge of finding the best options for each dog/handler team. Lisa’s approach to teaching is to make sure that in each class, students will learn something new, will improve their existing skills and will be reminded of just how much fun Agility can be. Lisa teaches beginner through advanced agility group classes and is available for private lessons.
Kim joined Pets Behave in November 2019 after 20 years of fundraising for local nonprofit organizations. With rescue dogs of her own, she enjoys being around other dog lovers and tries to keep the staff organized. If you have called or emailed Pets Behave, you have probably talked to her. In her free time, Kim still volunteers helping local nonprofits and enjoys spending time on her paddleboards with her husband Sloan and furry kids, Fisher and Dafni.