Blazing Trails K9 Academy
  When you have a dog who is causing problems at home, the last thing you need to worry about is trying to find a trainer or behavior specialist who actually has the HANDS ON EXPERIENCE to be able to help you. Many trainers claim their experience because of the dogs they've owned or the franchise they work for. There are some that just "love dogs" and so they decided one day to hang a shingle and start charging the public. With Blazing Trails K9 Academy, you don't have to worry about that. Our knowledge is based on training literally thousands of dogs of many breeds, ages, and sizes. Our methods are fair and effective while taking into consideration each dog and handlers individual personality and needs. Because of our experience, we do not have a "one size fits all" philosophy but can customize our style and programs to fit your needs!

Also, there are a variety of "titles" people use about themselves when working with dogs. Behavior Specialists, Dog Rehabilitation or Rehabilitators, dog psychologists, obedience trainers etc. Because there are no clear definitions for any of these phrases, it's hard to know what to look for. Generally an obedience trainer is someone who teaches obedience exercises (sit/down/stay etc). A behavior specialist or someone working in dog rehabilitation and the like is generally someone who specializes in helping families overcome bad behavior from the dog. Or they help families work with aggressive dogs. At Blazing Trails K9 Academy we fill the description of many of these titles. We teach obedience training, rehabilitate aggressive or behaviorally challenged dogs, we teach owners how to solve a huge variety of behavioral issues, and we do it in a way that is respectful to the dogs owner.

Meet the Trainers.....

Head Trainer - Lynne Gifford Bell IACP CDT - Lynne has been training and rehabilitating dogs since 1985. Starting at a very young age she trained her then aggressive Doberman and went on to work in a variety of group obedience classes. The neighborhood soon found out she had a talent for teaching dogs manners and she had the opportunity to train a variety of dogs for many years. In High School she completed an Animal Care and Control course and upon graduation she went to work for Six Flags Magic Mountain in their animal department. She worked her way up through the ranks until she was handling a variety of exotic and domestic animals (including wolves, birds of prey, parrots, coati mundi, pigs, dogs, cats etc) in the Animals in Action stage show. Next she went to work as a continuing education representative for what was at that time the largest dog training company in the U.S. In addition, she was teaching multiple group classes and private sessions through that company who had contracted with Petco. She later worked as head trainer for a full service dog facility, and was a trainer for another well known facility. She then spent time as a studio trainer where she worked with dogs for television, commercials, movies, and print ads. Lynne has competed in schutzhund (a triathlon for dogs with work in tracking, obedience and protection) with her german shepherds since 2000 and she is a member of the prestigious Schutzhund 3 club (she trained and titled her own dog in all the sch titles). She is currently competing in SDA (Service Dogs of America) which is a family protection dog sport with her GSD's. Lynne currently serves as training director for Desert Winds Working Dog Association. In the past she has worked with dogs in therapy, agility, herding, and conformation. She is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and she earned the coveted IACP CDT (certified dog trainer) title from that organization. Lynne has been an AKC CGC evaluator and is qualified to teach the exercises needed to pass that test.  She regularly attends various seminars and networks with trainers across the world on a regular basis in an effort to keep her skills up to date. Her easygoing personality and sense of humor as well as her pragmatic style makes it fun to learn about your dog!

Travis Bell - Travis joined our ranks in March 2009. He is a very natural dog handler with a true knack for calming dogs. He has assisted Lynne with numerous behavior problem solving cases, and continues to assist in our group classes. He is a schutzhund USA helper, and is currently the decoy for Desert Winds Working Dog Association while he seeks to become an SDA certified helper.