Vivian Levén, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Dog Training Director
Lead Trainer
CGC Evaluator #56306
Professional Member, APDT
Associate Member, IAABC
Dog Training Professional Member, PPG
Family Paws Parent Education Presenter

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Vivian has extensive knowledge in the field of behavior and learning theory as it applies to dogs. She has been working with dogs nearly all her life and has been a positive reinforcement trainer for 16 years. She got her start working at several prominent show kennels in Sweden (her home country) and England. She later assisted a professional dog handler team in California, focusing on preparing the dogs before they went into the show ring, and also worked at an Afghan Hound show kennel. More recently, she worked with a great mentor and teacher Carole Peeler, owner and founder of C& C Pals, where Vivian taught group classes and private sessions for several years and later went on to open her own business.

Vivian continues to place a strong emphasis on furthering her education in the field of dog training, and behavioral science in particular, which is one of her great areas of interest. This interest came to light when she adopted a Doberman with aggression issues. Since then she has fostered several difficult dogs and in 2005 started her own business, POSITIVE DOG, which focuses on behavior modification consultations. Vivian's interest in behavior also extends to people. Vivian earned a master's degree in conflict resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. This formal education provides her a unique skill set to relate to the human side of the partnership in addition to the dog.

Vivian is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Vivian is a certified Family Paws Parent Educator through Family Paws. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Dog Training Professional Member of thePet Professional Guild (PPG). She is also an Associate Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and supporter of Truly Dog-Friendly community and the No Shock Collar Coalition. She is a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has achieved the status of TAGteach Primary.

Vivian is active in local rescue groups helping them assess dog temperaments and provide training to their adopters and fosters.

Vivian currently serves on the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers Examination Committee as subcommittee member for the KSA exam.

Vivian resides in Alexandria with her daughter Isolde and Lab/Shepherd mix rescue Karma.


Roz Ferber, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP
Lead Trainer
CGC Evaluator #3463
Professional Member, APDT
Dog Training Professional Member, PPG
Graduate Karen Pryor Academy
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Roz first became interested in dog training after adopting four dogs and attending a conference sponsored by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Houston in 2000. For many years, Roz taught family dog training classes in an award-winning dog training facility in Northern Virginia. Roz is a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has achieved the status of TAGteach Primary. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and Dog Training Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). Roz also supports the Truly Dog-Friendly community and the No Shock Collar Coalition. In 2011, Roz graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior with Distinction. Roz continues to keep current in the field of dog training and behavior by reading, networking with other trainers, and attending seminars and workshops.

Volunteering at local animal shelters has provided Roz with a wealth of experience dealing with the special needs of adopted and rescued dogs. Currently, Roz volunteers for the Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue of Virginia

Roz and her dogs love the sport of Nose Work and compete in trials sponsored by the NACSW.  Sam received 3rd Place in an NW 1 trial, and earned his NW 2 title (3rd Place Overall, 2nd Place Exteriors, and 3rd Place Containers). Sam has three NW 3 titles, his Elite title, and all of his Element titles.  Recently, Sam received 3rd Place in Interiors at an NW 3 trial.   Maggie Moo received her NW1 Title (2nd Place Vehicles) and her NW 2 Title (1st Place Overall, 1st Place Exteriors, 2nd Place Interior Search).   Katie has earned her NW 1 title.

Roz resides in Alexandria with her husband Alan, Katie, a Standard Poodle, Maggie Moo, an Australian Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier mix, and Sam, a Border Collie mix.  Katie, Maggie Moo, and Sam are Canine Good Citizens.


Jackie Maffucci, CPDT-KSA
Lead Trainer
Professional Member, APDT

 

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Jackie has been working as a professional dog trainer for Fur-Get Me Not for five years. Before coming to Fur-Get Me Not, Jackie spent nearly six years volunteering in the dog rescue community, first as a foster coordinator and foster home for an animal rescue organization in Austin, Texas, and then as a volunteer trainer for shelter dogs. While there she not only focused on dog training and behavior modification, but also provided adoption consultations, led community obedience classes, and helped organize educational outreach programs. 

She received her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, focusing on the interaction of the nervous and endocrine systems to influence behavior. She moved to Alexandria, VA in 2009. When not at Fur-Get Me Not, you can find her working as an advocate for service members, veterans and their families. She is also working towards expanding her training knowledge into the therapy and service dog world.

Jackie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a graduate of Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals Course. Jackie's experience with shelter and rescue dogs has provided her a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in working with timid and reactive dogs

Jackie resides in Alexandria. Jackie lost her faithful companion (and formed foster dog), Dinah, to lymphoma in 2014. 


Dave Garemore, CPDT-KSA
Lead Trainer

Dave was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. He moved to Virginia and joined the Fur-Get Me Not team in 2009. He started as a Dog Walker and through that, discovered an interest in canine behavior and training. Now he is proud to be a lead Trainer with Fur-Get Me Not. Before joining the staff, Dave ran a Martial Arts academy in New Jersey, where he honed the teaching skills he now brings to our training classes. To better acquaint himself with the Fur-Get Me Not training program, Dave went through the levels as a participant before joining the Training team. Having experienced the classes as a student first gives him a unique insight into the position of his students and an empathetic mindset towards their situation. In addition to his CPDT-KA certification, Dave also achieved the status of TAGteach Primary.

Dave's love of teaching shows through his enthusiasm for the subject matter and genuine interest in each of the dog’s progress and well being, as well as their owners. He values the importance of having fun and makes sure everyone enjoys themselves and is getting the most out of each class he is involved in.  Dave lives with wife, and two rescued “children”, May the Husky/Sheppard mix, and Hunter, the black cat.  He enjoys bringing his work home with him to make his beloved May the best and happiest that she can be


Heidi Meinzer, CPDT-KSA, CNWI
Lead Trainer

I’m originally from Pittsburgh, and my sisters and I have grown up and lived with dogs just about all of our lives.  After my one dog-less stint in college and the Peace Corps, I adopted a wonderful, laid back, food-loving Albanian street dog named Xhufi.  Xhufi and I lived together in Albania for two years before returning stateside and settling in the DC Metro area. 

After law school, I started my legal career representing the “underdog” as a public defender in Alexandria.  Six years later, I moved to a private firm in Arlington, where my practice naturally gravitated towards animal law.  In 2013, I opened my own firm (www.meinzerlaw.com) in Old Town, Alexandria to focus on animal law issues and helping companion animal owners and pet care companies.  I serve on the Board of Directors of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and as the Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section

My career has been inspired by my current dog, Sophie, a shy but loving German Shepherd mix with reactivity issues.  Sophie has opened my eyes to the world of behavior and dog training, and I will always be thankful to her for it!  I live in Alexandria with Sophie, my boyfriend Bill, and Bill’s adorable black lab, Boomer.  I’ve taken up K9 Nose Work® with Sophie and Boomer.  Boomer has his NW3 title in Nose Work, and he is also a Canine Good Citizen.

I regularly attend seminars and read all I can on animal behavior and dog training.  In 2013, I obtained two professional certifications – as a CPDT-KSA® (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed) and a CNWI (Canine Nose Work Instructor™).  I always want to learn more, so we’ll see what comes next!


Kathryn Kuhlen, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, FitPaws Master Training
Lead Trainer
Karen Pryor Academy Graduate
Tier 2 Wag It Games Instructor
Certified Trick Dog Instructor

 

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Kathryn has been a trainer at Fur-Get Me Not since 2012.  She is a lawyer by day and a writer in her off hours (she’s sold three screenplays).  She grew up in Chicago and later lived in Los Angeles and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she had a horse farm and competed in eventing and endurance riding.

Kathryn has a special interest in enrichment activities for dogs and helping them transition from basic manners training to participation in dog sports and other similar activities.  She is a firm believer that quality time spent between dog and owner, whether competing at trials or simply playing games in the back yard, goes a long way to strengthening the bond between them (besides being fun!). 

In 2013 Kathryn became a certified KPA CTP, in 2014 earned her CPDT-KA, and in 2015 her CPDT-KSA.  She received her FitPaws Master Trainer credentials in canine conditioning and fitness in 2016.  She is a certified C.L.A.S.S. instructor, a certified Wag-It Games Tier 2 instructor, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, a certified Tag Teach Primary, and member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. 

Kathryn lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her two border collies, Watson and Darwin.  Watson has earned his CGC, C.L.A.S.S. BA, C.L.A.S.S. MA, assorted agility titles, competes in Agility and Wag-It Games, and dabbles in other sports.  Darwin, born in 2014, has started competing in Wag It Games and Rally Free, and is learning the ropes in agility.

Juliet Purll, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Lead Trainer

Juliet grew up loving, caring, and interacting with animals, gerbils, salamander, turtles, and the family dog. In a former life, Juliet had two cats, two pit bulls, two snakes, and two ferrets. Today, she still has those same two cats. In addition to training at Fur-Get Me Not, Juliet volunteers for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, where she has fostered numerous dogs. She gravitates to helping the misunderstood, reactive dogs learn to cope better in our dog-friendly society.

Juliet was taught traditional training methods with her first three family dogs. But over the last fifteen years, she found positive training better aligns with her true nature. Now she'll never go back. She wants the dogs and people who live with those dogs to form a collaborative bond so that both are better for it. She knows that positive training is the way.

Juliet’s interest in dog-reactivity is the flipside to her other interest of dog play. She likes to use dog play to tamper a dog’s concern about the environment.

Juliet lives with her border-hound mix, Millie Lou, CGC, who assists in some of the reactive dog classes.


Chris Yeannakis
Assistant Trainer

 

Chris became interested in dog training for two reasons. First, she adopted three young rescued dogs within two years. It became clear that a good quality of life for dogs and humans would require teaching the dogs. In addition, as a shelter and rescue volunteer, Chris observed that being a loving, well-meaning foster or adoptive dog guardian was not enough. For some placements to succeed, guardians needed solid advice and support. Chris spent several years independently learning about dog training and behavior by reading, taking online seminars and working with rescued dogs. To build on this interest and study, Chris entered the Fur-Get Me Not apprentice training program in early 2014.

Chris is a professional educator who teaches children, teens and adults as a private tutor and Northern Virginia Community College psychology professor. She has considerable volunteer experience working as a Homeward Trails adoption counselor and adoption event coordinator. Currently, she advises Homeward Trails adoption coordinators who have dog training and management concerns and she volunteers at the Alexandria Animal Shelter.

Chris lives in Alexandria with her husband Nick, daughter Roxanne and their dogs and cats: Mandy-a corgi mix, Mitzi-a beagle mix, Marty-a German Shepherd mix, Little Kitten-a senior tabby and Princess-a Siamese.


Charles Wohr
Assistant Trainer


 

Charles grew up in Upstate New York surrounded by (and in some cases working with) animals and farms. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and spent most of his professional career in Boston. He began working with dogs 5 years ago.

Charles dedicated himself to working and learning with well respected and experienced positive reinforcement trainers and animal behaviorists throughout the Boston area. He spent the last 4 years as a trainer (and dog walker) at Spring Forth Dog Services in the Boston and Providence areas. He is currently in the process of becoming CPDT-KA certified and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Charles is committed to continuing his education and attends numerous workshops, conferences and seminars every year to stay on top of current science and methods.

Charles moved to Virginia this past Spring and lives in Fairfax Station with his Australian Shepherd (Jackson) and Belgian Malinois (Voodoo). Jackson was a rescue from the deadly 2011 tornadoes in Alabama. He came to Charles emaciated, injured, refusing to eat, skittish of most noises and shut down. Jackson has come a long way and is loving city life now. He has allowed for a unique hands-on experience dealing with a difficult situation and has given Charles insights on how to help clients and their dogs deal with similar issues. Charles enjoys working with difficult and reactive dogs, helping give some relief and optimism to struggling owners.


Karen Scott
Assistant Trainer


 

I am a native Northern Virginian and have always had dogs, cats, and birds; as many as my family could tolerate!  Since moving to a small farm in Fairfax Station, I have been able to add horses, ponies, and miniature horses to the mix!  My husband Michael and I currently live with 5 dogs, a cat, a pony, a Moloccan cockatoo (who can imitate an entire litter of puppies!), and 7 horses that board with us.

Volunteering in rescue and helping my very fearful and shy foster failure, Maribel, learn to cope with her surroundings has fanned my interest in force-free positive training.   I have volunteered in rescue since 2009, and fostered or worked with hundreds of dogs.  I am an Adoption Coordinator for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, and specialize in teaching guardians how to help their dogs with behavioral issues learn to cope with their environments.  Matching dogs and adoptive families has taught me how important education and positive reinforcement training are to successful adoptions. 

In my day job, I am a CPA and I hold a Master of Taxation degree from George Washington University.  In addition to the Fur-Get Me Not Apprentice Program, I have completed Karen Pryor’s Dog Training Foundations and Puppy Start Right for Instructors courses.   I am a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a provisional training member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).