WHO WE ARE
Duke City Dog Academy partners with multiple non-profits from around the state of New Mexico including Service Dogs of New Mexico, Bridges to Home, Dew Paws Rescue, and Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico. The goal of these partnerships is to prevent shelter surrenders and assist with the human-animal bond. These partnerships include Board and Train, Adopter Classes, Service Dog training and private sessions for adopters or fosters. Through DCDA, rescues receive assistance for dogs that normally are overlooked. Duke City Dog Academy has multiple trainers that have created and implemented programs in animal shelters both private and municipal (open intake). These programs include playgroup, enrichment, dog handling, shy dog program, dog reactivity courses, youth training programs and public free training events.
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Ginger has a natural ability to relate to the dogs, allowing her to understand their emotional and physical needs. She supports the owners and assists with strengthening the relationship to lead the dog on the right path for a healthy happy life. She has years of exemplary dog handling experience ranging from many types of breeds. While her skillful way of tackling unwanted or challenging projects defines her career and life's work, she takes pride in building/creating from the very bottom. She has attended many hours of training courses/certifications, as well as volunteering/activism in the animal community.
Maria Colbert has been training dogs for 21 years. Starting as a young teen Maria Colbert completed Therapy Dog Certifications with her dog to volunteer at local hospitals and senior homes. She became a National Champion Junior Dog Handler with the GDCA in the AKC at age 12. By age 21 Maria was working as a vet assistant and assisting animal rescues with dogs until she opened up her own dog training business in 2009. Maria has worked previously as an Animal Behaviorist at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department and has assisted in evaluations and behavior modification. Maria specializes in Conformation, Shelter Dog Training, Dog Aggression, Behavior Modification, Clicker Training, Animals around Children and Dogs with Livestock. She would love to assist you in your needs regardless if you are a shelter, rescue or private owner.
Owner/Trainer, CPDT-KA , CGC Evaluator
Jennifer's career with animals began with training equines(horses, mules and donkeys) in high school and volunteering at a local mule and donkey rescue. After high school, she attended NMSU and obtained a degree in Wildlife Biology. A passion for companion animals and their well being led to certifying a therapy dog and doing Humane Education in schools around NM as well as volunteering at a local shelter. Shortly after she began working with dogs at Albuquerque Animal Welfare as an Animal Handler. While at AWD, she created and implemented the Shy Dog Program at the Westside Shelter to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of fearful dogs. She attended Karen Pryor Academy, the world's leader in force free training using science and behavior-based methods.
Briaun started working with animals as a teen volunteering and fostering cats and dogs in the community until they found forever homes. Recently she has worked with locals and rescue groups in New Mexico and Colorado with "Project Shypup", her foster program for especially shy, feral, or medically challenged puppies and hard to place young dogs. Through gentle socialization, confidence building, and schedule geared training regiments she helped these young fosters blossom into healthy happy dogs ready for adoption. In addition to fostering she also worked with many service dog teams both locally and online through the challenges of service dog life. Briaun specializes in scent training and service dog training and has attended many hours of training courses and certification programs.