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Train the Bay trainer Nancy Frensley
Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA, CAP2, CGC Evaluator, AKC Scentwork Judge

As the Lead Trainer at Train the Bay, Nancy spent the last three decades dedicated to her training work, to developing the program, and to helping Bay Area dogs and their families. In addition to the hundreds of students she teaches every year, she is the voice behind Berkeley Humane’s free Behavior Advice Hotline, and she evaluates and supports the training of shelter dogs at Berkeley Humane.

Growing up in Texas, her first training experience was with horses. Her love for animals and for training later led her to dogs and cats. She immersed herself in the positive reinforcement movement in the 1980’s, and has never looked back.

Nancy has participated and competed in dog sports over the years, including agility and rally. She currently has a dog working towards a tracking championship, and has titled several dogs in competition scent work.

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Train the Bay trainer Barbara Stanczyk
Barbara Stancyzk, CTBC, CGC Evaluator

Barbara specializes in basic obedience training for large and small dogs. She has always had a love for dogs and animals in general. She started working with dogs in 2007 with a privately owned dog walking company based out of Marin County. In 2011, her own dog came into her life, which led her to volunteer with a local animal shelter and a rescue. This evolved into a love and desire to understand animal behavior and training. She enrolled with Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco to further her knowledge, and has continued to broaden her knowledge and training through courses and seminars. She enjoys teaching and helping families grow their connection with their pets.

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Train the Bay trainer Birgit Hafermann
Birgit Hafermann, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator

Birgit has been teaching basic and intermediate obedience classes at Train the Bay since 2003. She attended the dog behavior academy at Marin Humane Society and became certified as a professional dog trainer through the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Birgit enjoys teaching dogs of all sizes and temperaments. 

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Train the Bay trainer Cindy Houser
Cindy Houser, CTBC, CGC Evaluator

Cindy is a professional dog trainer who graduated from Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco. While enjoying a career as a professional nurse of 30 years, she also had a passion for fostering dogs and volunteering with local dog rescue organizations. After adopting her own dogs and participating in obedience and scent work, she felt compelled to help people build relationships with their own dogs. She has continued to develop her dog training skills and education through professional seminars and classes. Currently, Cindy enjoys teaching at Train the Bay and helping the local community of dog families, offering private training, and competing in scent work with her own dog. She truly loves watching the bond between people and their dogs flourish!

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Dee Iaroli, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator

Dee had a medical career as a Physician Assistant for many years and was slowing down her work schedule when in 2000 she rescued Farley, a Border Collie who “had issues”. With that, her journey into animal behavior took off.  She was motivated to learn quickly in order to manage Farley and keep him safe. 

At the time, she was a volunteer at Berkeley Humane, and she and Farley attended the classes and private consultations that were offered. Farley showed progress, which further motivated Dee to study for her professional dog training certification and to receive the CPDT-KA. Two years later, with dedication on both ends of the leash, she taught group dog training classes with Farley as the demonstration dog. Dee and Farley have come a long way, and Dee credits Farley for being a wonderful teacher.

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Susan Solomon, CPDT-KA, ANWI

Originally from New York, Susan has loved animals all her life. After rescuing her mixed breed, Niko, as a puppy from a rural farm setting, she discovered training for obedience competition as a great outlet for his mental and physical energy.

Susan has competed and titled both of her dogs, Niko and Tot, in dog sports that include obedience, rally, K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work and tricks.  Niko is now working towards his NW3 Elite title.

In 2015, Susan attended her first Clicker Expo, which was an incredible experience and shaped her approach to training with markers and positive reinforcement.

Because of her curious mind and belief in continuing education, she regularly attends animal conferences and workshops. Among her credentials are a CPDT-KA and ANWI (Associate Nose Work Instructor) and she is a member of both APDT and IAABC. 

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