Our Team

Our team has a combined  total of over 30 professional certifications and memberships, and over a century of dog training, showing, and breeding experience among us. They aren’t just trainers, they are owners, enthusiasts, and dog lovers. While all have had experience in balanced training, our deep understanding of canine behavior and psychology led us all to positive reinforcement-based  training. We are proud to be a force-free facility, where your dog learns to make better choices out of trust, respect, and love for you!

Brenda Belmonte, CPDT-KA

Founder and Owner | brenda@twopaws-up.com

Brenda is the founder and owner for Two Paws Up Dog Training, Inc. Brenda has been actively involved in showing and training dogs for over 30 years. Brenda, along with her husband and daughter, own Brenich Pugs and compete in both conformation and obedience events throughout the US showing several breeds of dogs. They have competed in such events as the Westminster Dog Show, the AKC Eukanuba Invitational Championship, and the International Kennel Club Show. They have shown several dogs ranked in the top 20 of their breed. Brenda is also an American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit of Pugs under the Brenich prefix.

She is a judge’s education instructor for the Pug Dog Club of America. In addition to being an all-breed obedience instructor, Brenda was the practice manager for a local animal hospital for over 25 years, specializing in behavior and nutrition, and specializes in reactivity and aggression. She is currently the breed columnist for the AKC Gazette, former columnist for Pug Talk Magazine, and is the author of The Pug Handbook, Training Your Pug, and The Silky Terrier Manual, all published by Barron’s Education. In April 2011, Brenda earned the distinction as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is also an approved mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College. Brenda has trademarked a program for reactivity and aggression in dogs, the S.A.F.E. Program for Dogs.

Wendy Kregor

FitPAWS Master Trainer | wendy@twopaws-up.com

Wendy’s interest in obedience training began more years ago than she is willing to put in print with a wonderful Sheltie named Rudy right here in the northern suburbs. However when she acquired a beautiful blue-eyed Siberian Husky in Seattle that was just a tad on the high strung side, the real work of obedience training began. Training Natasha was demanding, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding. Natasha led Wendy into showing in the obedience ring and since then she has become a self-admitted training class junkie. When Wendy moved back to the Chicago area, she spent many years trying to find training classes providing the same rigor as those in Seattle but that relied on positive reinforcement. Positive training methods became very important with the latest addition, a bearded collie named Mac, and she found the right classes with Brenda and Two Paws Up Dog Training. Since Mac acquired Wendy and her family, Wendy has become more involved in the dog world including conformation, CGC, and agility. Now, Wendy is excited to combine her experiences as an elementary education teacher with her skills in dog training. Wendy is currently training her youngest Beardie, Hans, in agility, rally, nose work and barn hunt. Wendy is the coordinator for our strength, conditioning, and mental fitness programs, and our curriculum writer.

Lisa Wageman

Canine Massage Therapist | lisa@twopaws-up.com

Having over 25+ years experience in all venues of training and showing, Lisa strongly believes in having titles in front and back of her dog’s names. She has finished dogs in Conformation to Championships, Obedience to multiple Utility titles, Tracking to many TDX’s, Agility titles, Rally titles, Barn Hunt, Nose Work, and Titles of Road Dog sponsored by the Dalmatian Club of America and acknowledged by AKC. She has also earned multiple CDX’s from other kennel clubs. She has been professionally breeding and showing Dalmatians, and training other breeds, for over 20 years. Years of ring experience has given her the patience and skills to educate new puppy owners, as well as the retired dog that just needs some “fine tuning”. Using positive reinforcement makes training fun, which is a must to truly enjoy your canine companion. She is currently working on her Board Certification for Canine Massage Therapy, is an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor, and a certified Barn Hunt judge.

Julie Jensen

julie@twopaws-up.com

A retired police dispatcher and veterinary receptionist, Julie’s true passion lies with training dogs to be helpful members of our society. Not only is she familiar with the training of service dogs, having assisted her mother with her dog’s training, she is an active member of K9 Reading Buddies of the Northshore. She has earned several titles in Nosework and obedience. Julie recently received her Canine Conditioning Coach certification from Do More With Your Dog, and is also in the application process to become an evaluator for Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She currently runs the Therapy Dog Program at Two Paws Up,  and is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor. Julie’s newest family member, a Great Dane puppy named Leo, is working on becoming a service dog for Julie.

Tracy Reichert, ABCDT

tracy@twopaws-up.com

Tracy started on her journey of training out of her deep love for dogs. Born in South Carolina, she was raised in the military lifestyle, her father serving his career in the Navy. After proudly serving our country herself for 6 years in the United States Navy, including 2 deployments, she settled down with her husband Chris, who is currently still serving. After having her daughter, Sylvia, she decided to embark on her true passion, dog training, and attended Animal Behavior College. Tracy came to Two Paws Up as a mentor student, and now is part of the team, working in the office and as a lead instructor in our Puppy Adolescent and FLEX Level One classes. She also currently serves the whim of her adorable French Bulldog, Roxy, and Vesta, a Dalmatian, who she has begun showing in conformation.

Sue Sentowski, CNWI

sue@twopaws-up.com

Sue is a Certified Nose Work Instructor and we are pleased to have her knowledge of the fun and sport side of Nose Work. She has competed in a variety of dog sports – agility, rally, dock diving, and of course, Nose Work with her Labrador, CJ. Sue also teaches rally obedience classes for us!

Sue is also the owner of canine swim facility, Sue and Crew, H2O.

 

Stephanie Challand, CNWI

stephanie@twopaws-up.com

Stephanie developed her passion for dog training after adopting her third dog, Lance from a local shelter. He ended up having many behavior issues, leading Stephanie down this path. She read as many books and attended as many seminars as she could about dog training and behavior in order to help him. He made such wonderful progress and went from a scared, highly reactive dog to a confident NW2 dog before ultimately losing him unexpectedly in 2017 to lymphoma. He was one of those life changing dogs.

Stephanie started nose work in 2010 and was hooked from day one. She is a CNWI who recently retired her original nose work dog Logan and is now competing with her third nose work dog Leena. Along with nose work, she has also taught puppy classes and privates. She is always eager to learn and gain more knowedge about dogs. She is currently being trained by her adorable pups – Lacey, Logan, Leena & Leevi.

Emma McGowen

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Rebecca Simon

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