THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAM OF NATIONALLY CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINERS IN ALL OF ARIZONA
Winners of The Cities Best Dog Behavior Training Award 9 Consecutive Years in a Row
2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018 – 2019 – 2020 – 2021 – 2022
NATIONALLY CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINERS CPDT-KA
CERTIFIED BY THE CERTIFICATION COUNCIL OF PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINERS
When it comes to experience, especially with difficult-to-manage dogs, you will not find a more experienced team of dog training professionals than that of Phoenix Dog Training. The Phoenix Dog Training team consists of Jordan, our Training Director, Manager, and Canine Behavior Specialist, and myself, the owner of Phoenix Dog Training and Dog Behaviorist. Together the two of us have over 50 years of combined experience in training and rehabilitating dogs. You will not find another set of Dog Training Professionals in Arizona with the amount of experience that we have. PHOENIX DOG TRAINING® has been chosen and RANKED #3 as one of the TOP 50 DOG TRAINERS in AMERICA.
Will Bangura, M.S., CPDT-KA, FFCP, Associate Applied Animal Behaviorist, President & Founder of Phoenix Dog Training, Radio Show Host of “Pet Talk Today” on FaceBook Live Saturdays from 9-10 am. US Army Veteran.
Will Bangura is a World-Renowned Dog Behaviorist and Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer CPDT-KA #1227951. Will is also a Fear Free Certified Trainer. Will has decades of experience treating some of the most severe behavior problems in dogs. He is known for being one of the LEADING DOG AGGRESSION and DOG ANXIETY EXPERTS IN THE WORLD, and one of the TOP 10 DOG TRAINERS IN THE WORLD. Will is also the President and Founder of Phoenix Dog Training. Will is well known in Arizona as he was the host of the most successful and most-listened radio show on pet behavior for several years. Will is currently the host of the weekly FaceBook Live Streaming Show, Pet Talk Today Saturdays from 9 AM to 10 AM, and the Pet Talk Today Podcast heard in over 70 countries throughout the world.
Will has been “Dancing with Dogs,” since 1976, for over 46 years. He has been an expert witness in dog aggression cases, and an often called upon dog behavior expert for local and national news outlets. Will is also a Veteran of service in the United States Army.
At the young age of 10, Will was competing, showing, and titling dogs in AKC Dog Obedience Matches as a Junior Handler. Will has been training dogs with behavior problems professionally for almost 30 years. Will’s Formal education rests in both Undergraduate and Graduate Work in Behavioral Psychology, Biology, and other Behavior Science Disciplines. In 2011 Will continued his education through Harvard University in Canine Cognition. Will’s current areas of interest are in The Biological Basis of Behavior, Neuropsychopharmacology, and The Effects of Diet, Nutrition, and Nutreicueticle Supplementation on animal behavior. Will Is also the founder and CEO of Pet Scientifics LLC, a company dedicated to the research and development of behavioral support supplements and Nutraicueticles for companion animals, and the Developer of The World’s Best Dog Anxiety Calming Aid, CALM DOGS Will also has a National Canine Behavior Consultation Business that is part of DogBehaviorist.com
Will Specializes in the most difficult Dog Behavior Problems, Extreme Dog Aggression and Severe Anxiety Disorders in dogs, and Ritualistic and Obsessive-Compulsive dog behavior. Will is a Supporting Member of the IAABC The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a Member of the APDT The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Little by little Will is training his staff to take over day-to-day operations so he can focus on Pet Scientifics LLC and Developing other Pet Supplements and Nutreicueticles for Pets and also begin to lobby lawmakers to make Dog Training a real profession with the required education, certification, and licensure that is required in other trades and professions. Currently, the Dog Training industry is unregulated which is dangerous. “I’m sure there are many well-intentioned trainers out in the world training dogs. That does not mean that the training is humane, evidence-based, and rooted in animal and behavior sciences. There are many trainers with good intentions but no education. You need an educated and experienced trainer, especially for Fears, Phobias, and Aggression.
Will’s top three tips for pet dog owners for a well-trained dog are:
- Expose (desensitize) your dog to EVERYTHING immediately.
- If you can’t keep your dog in your eye site, crate your dog until fully trained.
- Train with insane distractions, Train with insane distractions, Train with insane distractions.
Jordan Marsteller, CPDT-KA, Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Training Specialist. Jordan also Co-Hosts “Pet Talk Today” on FaceBook LIVE from the Pet Talk Today FaceBook Page. Saturdays from 9-10 am
US Army Veteran.
Jordan is a Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and Behavior Specialist, (currently working towards his National and International Certification Credentials through the University of Washington, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and the International Association of Certified Animal Behavior Consultants.) Jordan’s philosophy is, “The body and brain are all connected. The brain handles executive functioning. People forget that the brain is an organ in the body and it can have illness, disease, or injury just like any other organ of the body. In addition, the dogs I treat are often found to have contributing medical factors to their behavior problems, such as problems with pain, hormonal imbalance, and in some cases a neurological or neurochemical component to their behavior as well.
Jordan specializes in canine aggression, fears, and phobias. Jordan is also a US Army veteran. In the Army, he was a Military Police Officer and a Military Working Dog K-9 Handler. Jordan has more than 40,000 hours of experience training behavior modification, basic obedience, competition obedience, bite-work, and scent detection with pet dogs and Military Working Dogs. His passion for animals, and eventually more specifically dogs, started at a very young age. Jordan began studying animal behavior in his early teens and utilizing his research, he began working with his own personal pet dogs and even the local Police Department K9s. Throughout his career in the Army, he attended the DOD Train-To-Trainer course, multiple tours of combat overseas, and even became the Senior Narcotics K9 Handler on his installation. He has served on Secret Service missions, security details, and various assignments with Military Working Dogs in 13 different countries around the world.
Jordan is a very motivated trainer and individual. Jordan has an innovative mindset, and superior critical-thinking abilities, which makes him excel at helping the most difficult of dog training cases like aggression, fear, anxiety, and phobias. Jordan is also an excellent teacher not to just dogs, but their people too!
If Jordan had to choose his favorite breed of dog, he would choose the Great Dane. He believes their grandeur presence and simultaneous but contrasting goofy poise are unlike any other.
Jordan believes that continuing his education is essential to bring the latest science-based, evidence-based training solutions to all the dogs and owners Jordan works with. “I want us to work hard, but we need to work smart, and that means following the science behind how dogs think, learn, and make sense of the world.” Jordan is currently pursuing his education in Applied Animal Behavior.
Jordan’s top three tips for pet dog owners for a well-trained dog are:
- Communication goes both ways, learn your dog’s body language signals, and react appropriately when training.
- No matter how well trained your dog is, your own understanding of and commitment to their training will determine how well they can perform.
- Practice…Practice…Practice. When you think your dog is trained and obeys its commands without issue, remember, training hasn’t finished yet…KEEP PRACTICING, DESENSITIZING, AND CONDITIONING!
Elizabeth, “Libby” Savell, CPDT-KA, Behavior, and Training Specialist. Co-Host of Pet Talk Today, and Writer/Blogger on PuppyPawsitive.Training
Elizabeth, (Libby) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition in 2018, but when she adopted Cinderella her life drastically changed. Even though Libby had owned and trained dogs all her life, Cinderella was her first rescue dog and she came with both medical concerns and behavioral issues that were more than she was prepared for. While supporting Cinderella through the recovery and rehabilitation of her knee reconstruction surgery, Libby decided to change careers and worked as a receptionist and animal assistant at a veterinary clinic. As Cinderella got stronger, Libby turned her focus to addressing some of the behavior issues and began training in earnest with a Canine Behavioral Specialist.
Leash reactivity from a lack of socialization made regular walks nearly impossible and potentially dangerous, and Libby feared they would become another pit bull statistic. Libby was facing the decision to either keep Cinderella secluded in the home or surrender her back to the shelter. After working with the Behavior Specialist on Cinderella’s behavior issues, Libby was amazed at how drastically their lives changed with Cinderella becoming a welcomed member of their community. This experience, paired with a desire to help animals, launched her into yet another career change. With a passion to improve, or even prevent, behavior issues that often lead to dogs being relinquished to shelters, she began working alongside the Canine Behavioral Specialist that trained her and Cinderella.
Libby and her family recently relocated to Arizona from Washington, but her passion for helping dogs and their guardians remained the same. Driven to walk alongside those who are committed to their pets and who find themselves in the same situation she was in with Cinderella, she now works with Phoenix Dog Training as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed.
Libby’s top training tip is first,
- Listen, and respect dog communication. The second training tip is to
- Start early! Enroll in puppy kindergarten as soon as possible to help socialize your new family member to new sights, sounds, people, and dogs and set them up for success.
- That being said, it is never too late to start training. Every dog can learn and every guardian can teach. Get out there and have fun!
IAABC: Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
APDT: Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Colleen Strom (Animal Trainer, Apprentice, and Associate Dog Trainer.)
Colleen is an Experienced Animal Trainer of Many Different Animal Species. Colleen has her B.S. in biological studies with an emphasis on animal behavior.
Colleen has been working with animals for over six years. Colleen has worked with marine mammals, primates, and other exotic animals in facilities all over the United States. Colleen has always had dogs growing up and still does today.
Colleen is excited that she will now be able to take her extensive knowledge of animal behavior and animal training, and husbandry to the canine world of “Mans Best Friend.” Colleen is currently working towards her National Certification as a Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant. We are excited to have Colleen join the PDT team. If she can train a Chimpanzee and a Whale, we think she will do just fine in her work with training Dogs and their People.
Colleen’s top three tips for dog owners are:
- Dogs are not born or bred to understand us. Communication is key!
- Have Patience with all things (especially in training) but most importantly yourself and your dog.
- Always end a training session with success.
Brittany DuChene, Executive Assistant
Brittany is a former dog training client of Phoenix Dog Training. She started training with Phoenix Dog Training because one of her dogs had dog aggression issues.
Brittany helps with our office phone and email inquiries, responds to customers’ needs, and works as a liaison between training staff and customers. Brittany is also a frequent co-host on Pet Talk Today, our Weekly FaceBook Live Show.
Brittany also works as a legal assistant, is a trained life coach, and is currently pursuing and continuing her education in diet, nutrition, herbalism, reflexology, and eastern bodywork and healing arts.
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