Our Trainers

Get to know a little about our trainers.

AMY VALENTINO

Amy joined Team RR after graduating from the RR internship program in spring 2018. Amy earned a B.S. in Biology and a teaching license from Duluth’s College of St. Scholastica. She taught middle and high school science for 18 years. In 2018, she decided to trade human education for canine education. Amy’s teaching experience, especially her experience building individualized lesson plans, will be invaluable for RR clients and their pups. Amy’s good nature, in combination with her patience and persistence (skills honed in the nearly two decades spent teaching children), are sure to bring out the best in the dogs of RR. In addition to her three human children, Amy cares for three fur babies, Jake (lab mix), Becky (elkhound/lab mix), and her newest adoptee Buck (St. Bernard, Great Pyrenees mix). While Amy can’t help but love big, fluffy dogs the most (don’t tell Jake and Becky!), she promises to show all dogs immeasurable love.

ANTHONY CHAPMAN

Tony graduated with honors from the Dog Trainer program of Animal Behavior College in 2013. That same year, he joined Team RR. He also attended veterinary technician school in 2010. Tony’s friendly disposition, positive attitude, and extensive training skills make him invaluable to our program. He teaches all levels of classes and especially enjoys Fieldwork. Tony and his Black Lab, Saganaga, are working towards being the best hunting team around.

KATIE WILSON

Katie joined Team RR as a trainer in 2017 after completing the RR internship program. She came to RR with an impressive resume of dog-related work experience having worked as a kennel/boarding assistant, groomer, and trainer at two other facilities. Katie was raised in a household that always had between four and six dogs. She adopted her first very own dog (Bowser) in 2015. Together, she and Bowser have accomplished a lot. They’ve completed training in obedience, placing first in the junior division of their first competition; advanced obedience; and off leash. They are currently working on trick training. Katie works primarily at RR’s Sturgeon Lake facility and enjoys working with some of RR’s tougher aggression cases. Katie’s extensive experience, her commitment to high quality training outcomes, and the patience she shows her tougher dog clients are important parts of RR’s success. Katie finds her work as a dog trainer exceptionally rewarding. As she advances in her career, Katie looks forward to building her skills in protection and service dog work.

BOWSER

Bowser is a shepherd mix who was adopted by Katie as a puppy. He and Katie have completed training in obedience, placing first in the junior division of their first competition; advanced obedience; off leash. They are currently working on trick training. Bowser is an important member of Team RR. He helps socialize client dogs, helping them learn how to interact appropriately with other dogs. He’s especially adept at reading other dogs well, exhibiting proper greetings, and being calm around unsure dogs. Bowser also works as a demo dog for private sessions and group classes.

CLAUDIA ASKEVOLD

Claudia joined Team RR in 2016. She works primarily at the Sturgeon Lake facility as a kennel assistant. She plans to study with the RR internship program this summer and possibly to expand her duties to include some training. Claudia has always lived with and among animals, great and small. Prior to joining RR, she worked as a stable assistant at a horse breeding and riding facility. Claudia has had several dogs in her life. The latest adoptees include Possum (a border collie trained at RR) and Járn Eldr (a German Shephard named for iron and fire). Claudia declares her work at RR as the best job she’s ever had. She is most impressed with the professionalism of her colleagues. She also enjoys the chance to learn by observation many training skills that she’s been able to take home and apply to her own dogs. Claudia is a hard worker that invests the time and effort necessary to make our facilities better for the dogs and the people of RR.

Kim Forsythe

Kim grew up on a farm surrounded by animals. She spent her youth training and showing horses. Her hobby switched to dogs over 15 years ago. She has since trained in obedience, agility, rally, nosework, and therapy dogs, earning titles on 7 different dogs. She “early-retired” from the corporate world in 2014 and became a certified canine sports massage therapist. She joined team RR in September 2016 as a trainer. Kim is currently owned by two awesome rescue dogs. Lucy is a 8 year old silver lab recently discovered the joy of dog agility. Faith is a 5 year old golden/lab/aussie/husky mix who was born blind. She has not let her disability stop her. Both Faith and Lucy are certified therapy dogs who enjoys visiting kids in schools, colleges and camps.

RAM REIZEL

Ram is the owner and head trainer at RR Professional Dog Training & Boarding. Ram completed the Dog Trainer Course from the Animal Behavior College in 2007. He went on to complete the extensive Master Dog Trainer Course at the Tom Rose School where he studied Obedience, Agility, Schutzhund, Fieldwork, Tracking, Search & Rescue, and Scent work. He opened his first dog training facility in New York in 2009 where he coached many clients to titles in Obedience and Agility. He has achieved his own titles with multiple dogs, including Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent, and Junior Hunter. In 2011, Ram and his wife, Daniela, moved to Minnesota and opened the Carlton training facility and kennel. In 2016, they added a new facility in Sturgeon Lake, MN. Ram oversees all of the training at RR and is extremely knowledgeable about canine aggression and fear issues. Ram and Daniela live with three dogs, Jim Reizel CD JH, Huck CDX and Cenrik IPO 3.

JIM

Jim (CD JH) is a 10 year old Black Lab, who is the head demo dog of RR. Jim has been coming to the training arena since he was a young dog, helping Ram and the other trainers work with dogs that need to learn how to better interact with other dogs. When he is not in the arena, you can find Jim in the office, or running around like a puppy. He loves people and attention, as well as watermelon and bananas, so if you see him around make sure to give him some.

ROBIN MOE

Robin joined Team RR in 2016 after having volunteered for several years as a dog walker for Duluth Animal Allies. Robin works primarily at the Carlton facility as a kennel assistant. Dogs have long been a part of Robin’s life. Her most recent adoptee, Tiki, came to her from Good Karma rescue. Together, they have trained in obedience, off leash, and agility (Tiki is known to have some great agility moves!) Robin enjoys working with the dogs at RR, many of whom know her as a “human piñata.” Robin’s strong work ethic and commitment to doing what needs to be done to keep the dogs happy and healthy are what make Robin an important member of the RR Team.

SARAH WEEKS

Sarah joined Team RR in October 2017 as a trainer after having graduated the internship training program that same fall. Sarah has several years of experience working with dogs in a variety of settings. She studied for two years at DBU’s veterinary tech program and worked for seven years as an animal care specialist with Silverwood Pet Care in Superior. Sarah and her lab mix Buddy joined forces in 2009. With Sarah’s help, Buddy successfully completed basic puppy and basic obedience classes. Together they are now working on mastering Buddy’s off leash training. Sarah’s relaxed, friendly demeanor is an invaluable calming presence for the dogs who come to RR.

TRUDY FREDERICKS

Trudy is the newest trainer at Team RR having graduated from the internship program in 2018. Trudy is thrilled to join the RR team and looks forward to helping dogs and their people get the best out of their lives together. She comes to RR with a wealth of personal and professional experiences that inform her ability to listen closely to the needs of clients and their dogs and help them formulate and realize their goals. Trudy started her dog training journey in 2012 after she joined forces with a rescue mix named Milo who experiences fear reactivity of humans and other “strange” things. Trudy enjoys working with all dogs and is finding her work with reactive dogs especially rewarding. Another exciting element of her job is assisting with the dog training program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility where incarcerated individuals train shelter dogs to improve their chances at successful adoptions.

For boarding and training dial 218-384-1888. Your best friend deserves the best!

R & R Pro Dog Training & Boarding is located in Carlton and Sturgeon Lake.

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