Meet the Team  

  

Wonder Puppy trainers are nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainers-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). The APDT promotes the importance of continued education, science-based training techniques, and the use of ethical training and business practices.

At Wonder Puppy, our trainers are committed to creating positive results through a positive process. We like to think of ourselves as your personal puppy parenting coaches. Not only can we show you and your puppy how to work together, we can help you to navigate all of the ups and downs of puppyhood... in a way that works for you!

 
  

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Owner, Wonder Trainer 
Casey is the founder and owner of Wonder Puppy. She is a national-award winner in the field of dog training; an internationally-recognized expert and speaker on canine behavior and training for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers; the Curriculum Director for Whole Dog Academy, a non-profit dedicated to improving the human-canine bond; and has helped build Wonder Puppy into a respected, four-time award-winning dog training business. In Casey’s twelve years as a professional trainer, she has had many adventures - from working with Autism Service Dogs and their families to being a Hollywood set trainer and appearing on reality TV shows.
 
Casey is from Knoxville, Tennessee and has a background in Psychology and animal behavior research from the College of Charleston, SC and the University of Tennessee. She draws much of her knowledge from growing up as an only child in a household where her siblings were the dogs her parents showed - German Shepherds, Borzois, and Mini-Dachshunds.
 
Today, Casey’s biggest inspiration is her wonder collie, Jackson, and a desire to make a positive change in how people relate to their canine companions.
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology, focus in Ethology
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed
  • Director of Curriculum for Whole Dog Academy
  • Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Four-time top ten winner of the Spot Magazine's Best in the Biz Awards
  • Speaker at APDT Chile National Conference (2014, 2015)
  • Speaker at APDT USA National Conference (2012, 2013)
  • TV host for animal shelter reality TV show, Animal House 
  • Featured dog trainer for TLC Series, Little People Big World 
  • Interviewed on KGW Channel 8 and KPTV Fox12 news
  • Featured in stories for the Oregonian and La Opinion
  • Set Trainer for the IFC series, Portlandia
  • National Winner of the APDT Dr Robert Curan NewTrix Award (2011)
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Primary Level TAGteach Certificate from TAGteach International
Specialties include: Puppy Search, Bringing Puppy Home, Socialization, Basic Skills, Common Puppy Issues, Appropriate Play, Introducing New Family Members, Good Puppy Course, Great Puppy Course, General Anxiety/Fearfulness
Operations Manager 
Brent has an extensive background in customer service and sales. He joined Wonder Puppy in 2015 when he discovered his passion for helping people and their dogs! Throughout Brent's life, he has been blessed with a number of wonderfully sweet rescue dogs. He is currently the proud parent of an energetic Boxer mix named Gracie that he and his family rescued from Mexico. When Brent is not here taking care of our clients and staff, he loves spending time with his wife, two young kids, and Gracie. Most importantly, Brent is always counting down the days until the next new Star Wars movie!
Office Assistant
Wonder Trainer
Anyssa brings a variety of animal experience to the Wonder Puppy Team. She got her start in Southern California volunteering at her hometown shelter where she provided enrichment, exercise, and behavior assessments for shelter pups. Soon after, Anyssa became a veterinarian assistant where she decided she wanted to make animals her career. Anyssa has a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management from Moorpark College. At Moorpark she was lucky enough to train and work with lions, monkeys, wild dogs, donkeys, and more. After graduation, Anyssa decided the domestic canine was for her and went on to work with service dogs for the visually impaired. She has worked in the kennels and trained career changed dogs for fun tricks, improved basic skills, and new behaviors that prepared them for other service organizations that best fit their personalities.

Training has always been a passion of Anyssa’s and she currently is working towards her CDPT-KA certification and many others! Anyssa lives in Gresham with her new rescue pup, a brindle lab mix named Hercules, where she practices Wonder Puppy techniques to teach him how to be a good boy in his new home.
 
Specializes in: Bringing Puppy Home, Socialization, Basic Skills, Common Puppy Issues, Appropriate Play, Introducing New Family Members, Good Puppy Course, Great Puppy Course, Dog Park Safety
Wonder Trainer
Christina has been training dogs professionally since 2014. She grew up with sheep, horses and dogs, but found her passion for dog behavior later in life. While working as a professor in the social sciences, Christina began volunteering with Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue organizations in California and met a magical rescue dog named Pippa who won her heart but needed help trusting humans. Helping Pippa and other rescue dogs find their best life was the start of Christina’s path to become a dog trainer. When Christina isn't at Wonder Puppy, she can be found running ultras in the mountains, hiking with her dogs in the great outdoors, cooking and eating great food, working on her CPDT, and making art!

  • Bachelor of Arts – Conflict Resolution and History
  • Ph.D. Politics and International Relations
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed *pending
  • Pet First Aid/CPR Certificate PetTech


Specialities include: Socialization, Basic Skills, Leash Reactivity, Anxiety/Fearfulness, Separation Anxiety, Active dogs, Human-Dog teamwork

 

Wonder Trainer
Christina started her dog training career in 2008 by mentoring with Casey Newton, founder of Wonder Puppy. Over a period of four years, Christina helped build WP into the successful business it is today! In 2014, Christina took a hiatus to train and exercise dogs through her own business, PDX Dog Quest, and now she is thrilled to be back at Wonder Puppy which she considers to be her training home. At WP, Christina enjoys leading group classes, playgroups, and private lessons. She also sits on the Board of Directors and teaches future dog trainers in their Dog Trainers Certificate Program for Whole Dog Academy, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the human-canine bond. When Christina isn't training dogs, this Pacific Northwest Native can be found hiking, doing yoga, and frolicking with her two rescues, Clyde an old soul Shepherd Mix, and Nora a feisty Aussie Mix.
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator 
  • Wonder Puppy Program Certificate
  • Board Member - Whole Dog Academy
  • Professional Teacher - Whole Dog Academy
  • Pet First Aid/CPR Certificate - American Red Cross
  • Voted top 10 dog trainer in Portland by Spot Magazine (2012/13)
Specializes in: Puppy Search, Bringing Puppy Home, Socialization, Basic Skills, Common Puppy Issues, Appropriate Play, Introducing New Family Members, Good Puppy Course, Great Puppy Course, Leash Reactivity, Dog Park Safety, Multiple Dog Household
Wonder Trainer 
Kira joined the Wonder Puppy team in 2016. Her passions include working with the herding, sporting, and working breeds, and she has experience in competition obedience and agility with her own dogs. Kira has been working with dogs since her teenage years when her pups, Opus, a senior Beagle, and Brody, an Australian Cattle Dog, inspired her to learn more about canine body language and effective interspecies communication. More recently, she enjoyed working with goats on commercial farms before moving back home to Portland and building a career working with dogs. Kira now lives in SE Portland with her partner, a school of fish, and their two canine companions - a sweet Pointer mix, Dax and an eager Miniature American Shepherd, Bear.
 
Specialties Include: Bringing Puppy Home, Socialization, Basic Skills, Common Puppy Issues, Appropriate Play, Introducing New Family Members, Good Puppy Course, Great Puppy Course, Leash Reactivity
Wonder Trainer
*bio coming soon!
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