ABOUT US

Margie Wiesman Founder / Instructor

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Margie has been an instructor for more than 20 years. Happy is her Labrador Retriever. Margie is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT),  an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship and S.T.A.R Puppy Instructor/Evaluator and an Evaluator for Therapy Pets, Unlimited. She is the Team Evaluator for Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc. 

Margie completed Service Dogs Inc.'s' Assistance Dog Training for Professionals in Dripping Springs, Texas, and Paws and Stripes Key Elements to Training Service Dogs. 


 Her passion is gentle, motivational training of dogs and their people. 

Kay Fluhler - Instructor

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Kay has completed the K9 Nose-work Instructor certification classes and is a member of APDT and PPG. She has been an Instructor for more than 9 years. Kay has 4 rescue dogs and supports various pet rescue organizations.  


When she's not training dogs you'll find her photographing people, places and pets wherever she goes. 


Her skills cover many avenues, but her favorite classes to teach are  "Reindeer Games'  and Sensitive Dog Classes.

Alisa Spray - Instructor

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 Alisa has been a group class Instructor for more than 15 years and is a member   of APDT and PPG.  


She believes  dog training should be fun for everyone and strives to incorporate humor and lighthearted  learning techniques into all classes.       


           One of her favorite moments happens when the dog surprises the owner by doing something previously thought impossible. Alisa can typically be found teaching Playground class early Saturday mornings. 

Amata Hinkle - Instructor

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Amata is a scientist who loves studying canine behavior and learning theory. Her Australian Shepherd, Edraith, has animal acting experience, is a trick dog champion, does Agility, and is NASAR Search & Rescue certified.   Amata is a member of Pet Professional Guild


High energy, high drive dogs need games to play and ways to keep their minds as well as their bodies active. Tricks are also a great way to build the human-canine bond. You "can" teach an old dog new tricks! 


Amata enjoys teaching tricks and body awareness classes for Island Dog. Training dogs isn't boring - it's FUN! You can follow her and her dog on facebook.com/Edraith  

Mimi Bynum - Instructor

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 Mimi brings to Island Dog a rich combination of administrative experience as well as 40 years of experience teaching dogs and their guardians. 

 Over the last two decades, Mimi has shared her life with a variety of 'doglets' - Natchez, a chocolate lab, was her first therapy partner, followed by a gentle German Shepherd, Tess and a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lilly and Abbey. And home companions Spenser and Sally.


One of the greatest joys in her life has been the opportunity to work with like-minded folks to honor and deepen the human-animal bond.


 Luka, A Shih Tzu rescue, is a registered Pet Partner Therapy Dog working with Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc.. Mimi is the Executive Director of Heart to Heart Pet Partners and teaches Skills for Working Therapy Dogs with Island Dog. 


Beth Andrada - Instructor

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Beth has clicker training dogs since 2004.  She is a member of Pet Professional Guild.


She loves watching her dogs figure things out, and that the training is based on maintaining strong relationships with the dogs.  


Her older dog is Coco, a 7 year old rescue who is named for Chanel but is a tomboy, and Cooper.  These are two very different dogs.  


Coco enjoys puzzles and challenges.  She is not content to repeat cues over and over.  Cooper, on the other hand, is ready for anything whether the reward is food or attention.  Clicker training lets both of them shine.


Beth teaches Family Manners and Puppy classes.

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Jennifer Key - Instructor

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Jennifer brought her dog Marley to Reactive Dog Class. They were able to move into a regular group Foundations class with time and patience.

She is a member of Pet Professional Guild.


Jennifer teaches Family Manners, and assists Puppy, Foundations class, and Service Dog Training. She has two Labrador Retrievers at home.

Scott Haas - Instructor

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 Scott and  Marianne have two Australian Shepherds, Tilly and Molly. 


Scott came to us with his sensitive dog Tilly. Based on the successes that had with her,  Scott decided to join us to help others experience the same success!


 Scott is an Instructor for Playground Class and assists in our Family Manners, Foundations, and  Reactive Dog Classes

Dori Swaim - Instructor

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Dori is an  Instructor at Island Dog after falling in love with the center immediately as a client. After volunteering photographer at local shelters, Dori became more interested in dog behavior and how a stressful environment can affect a dog's mind.

She adopted her first rescue, Zoe, and the two took several Reactive Dog classes at Island Dog. Dori realized her passion is with reactive dogs and creating a better quality environment for dogs who may exhibit behavioral issues. 

Dori has three dogs - Zoe - mixed breed, Alfie - Dogue de Bordeaux, and Max - a senior German Shepherd. She wants to work towards becoming a licensed Behaviorist and loves helping clients to create a more comfortable environment for their dogs!

Julie Post - Asst. Instructor

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Julie has two dogs in her family. Annie  is pictured. 

Holly came to her as a little black lab puppy that she raised for a Florida guide dog school.


 As a puppy raiser she learned the importance of exposing Holly  to a variety of people and places. Clicker training was invaluable in teaching Holly the essentials of becoming a polite dog in society in a fun and rewarding way!


Julie enjoys assisting, especially for our Gymtastic Tricks classes! 

MariBeth Morgan - Asst. Instructor

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MariBeth started training her first dog using traditional obedience training but after becoming a therapy dog handler, she quickly learned the value of clicker training. Both of her therapy dogs went deaf while they were still working and the hand signals she taught them through clicker training were what allowed her to continue working with them. 


She believes that behavioral issues can be solved with positive motivational training and knows first hand that it is a confidence booster for many dogs. She has taken a wide variety of classes with her dogs since they think "school" is great fun! Playground is a favorite class to teach. Koda worked for 9 years as a Therapy dog.  Skout is her husband's personal therapy dog. Luca, the cat, rules the roost and has learned a few tricks watching the dogs earn treats.  Hazel is working towards becoming a Therapy Dog.

 MariBeth is Facilities Coordinator with Heart to Heart Pet Partners. 

Karen Rouse - Asst. Instructor

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Karen has 2 wonderful but very different dogs. 

Jake and Jesse, have attended numerous classes at Island Dog with fantastic results. However it was "sensitive dog" Jesse that initially caused Karen to jump down the dog training rabbit hole. 

She realized that in order to help Jesse overcome her obstacles, she would really have to be able to read and speak "dog".

As a result of this experience, she has a real heart for dogs who are sensitive or otherwise challenged, and for their owners who may need help understanding the language of dog. 

She assists in Sensitive Dog, Where Is It?and Family Manners Classes.

Michael Wiesman Facility Manager

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Michael custom designed our facility for dog training and maintains the equipment used in our facility. His gentle way with animals has allowed him to meet fabulous dogs all over the world. 

Darwin, (his owner) a Labrador mix, is always by his side, except when he's (Darwin) chasing squirrels and chipmunks.

Michael's sailing adventures and meeting dogs on Caribbean Islands led to the name Island Dog for the training center.