Our team prides ourselves on continuing to learn and grow. We aren’t just trainers, we are owners, enthusiasts, and dog lovers. 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!

Stephanie Challand, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Owner & Lead Instructor | [email protected]

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 and working on her fourth dog Livvy.

Along with nose work, she is our reactivity specialist. She is always eager to learn and gain more knowledge about dogs. She is currently being trained by her adorable pups – Leena, Leevi, Livvy & Lynzi.


Mary Londo CPDT-KA

Family Paws Parent Education Educator & Lead Instructor | [email protected]

 

Mary developed her passion for working with canines at a young age.  She has worked in the animal care field since high school, where she was first introduced to the world of training as a volunteer with Two Paws Up.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a double minor in chemistry and psychology in 2017. Upon graduating, she moved to Florida for a year and worked full time as a trainer for a positive reinforcement training company, managing the day training programs, conducting private lessons, and teaching puppy and basic manners classes at both of their training centers.

While in Florida, she was introduced to Family Paws Parent Education on dog and child safety and has been a licensed Family Paws Educator & Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) since 2020. She is also a licensed presenter of the Family Paws Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers educational seminars. She is happy to be back with Two Paws Up working in their Day Training programs, teaching classes, and working with clients in their homes. When they can, Mary and Aurora enjoy participating in nose work training.

Mary handles much of our Day Training scheduling along with teaching Puppy, Adolescent & Life Skills classes. She also works privately with clients both at the training center and in the home.


Jennifer Stewart, CPDT-KA

Lead Instructor | [email protected]

Welcome! My name is Jennifer Stewart, one of the Lead Trainers for Two Paws Up Dog Training. I found my passion for dogs in 2006 when I became a Certified Dog Groomer. My love for working with dogs and understanding them as individuals ultimately lead me on my path to training.

In 2019 I graduated from Pen Foster earning my diploma as a Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor. A year later I received my Certified Professional Dog Trainer certificate and am also a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC.

Jennifer teaches Puppy, Adolescent & Life Skills classes. She also works privately with clients both at the training center and in the home. When she is not with her clients she enjoys spending time with my four pups, Blue, Angus, Snoop and Jackson.


Lisa Wageman

Lead Instructor | [email protected]

Having close to 40 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 been professionally breeding and showing Dalmatians, and training other breeds, for many 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. Lisa is an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor.

Lisa teaches all levels of agility and Rally classes. Sbe also trains in our Day Training program 2 days a week.


Julie Jensen

Service Dog Coach & Lead Instructor | [email protected]

Julie is a retired police dispatcher and veterinary receptionist. Her true passion lies in 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 and recently received her Canine Conditioning Coach certification from Do More With Your Dog. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor. Julie’s newest family member, River, is working on becoming a service dog for Julie.

Julie teaches our Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog classes along with Puppy, Adolescent & Life Skills classes. She can also be found training dogs in our Day Training Program several days a week.


Becca Castro

Lead Instructor | [email protected]

Rebeca Castro (Known as Becca) – has a LPT in Physical Therapy with a post graduate degree in Canine Rehabilitation. She is currently attending CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. She has always been passionate about dogs and all animals. She has been a foster and owner to Bully breeds for 6 years, she loves everything behavior, puppy, adolescent & adults. Her passion lies in new additions and reactive dogs.

She teaches all levels of our Life Skills Classes and helps out with our Day Training scheduling and training throughout the week.


Rebecca Simon

Lead Instructor |  [email protected]

Rebecca comes to Two Paws-Up after retiring from a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. A life-long animal lover, she has been volunteering at a local animal rescue for many years.  This led to her interest in learning the latest practices in dog training. Rebecca is an AKC CGC approved evaluator.  She loves teaching classes and working with dog parents.  She has a special interest in Trick Dog Training. Rebecca greatly enjoys helping newly adopted dogs and new puppies and their parents learn together for a happy home. When she is not at Two Paws-Up she is busy with her two rescues, Luna and Apollo and spending time with her family.

Rebecca teaches our Trick Dog Classes as well as Puppy, Adolescent, Life Skills Classes. She can also be found training in our Day Training Program.


Bridget Block

Lead Instructor | [email protected]

More Coming Soon!

Bridget’s passion for dogs and continued learning is unparralled. She displays her knowledge and passion daily while training your dogs in our Day Training Program.

Bridget can be found 4-days a week in our Day Training Program.


Karen Schaubel

Lead Instructor | [email protected]

Karen got her first dog at the age of 45. Since I had never had a dog before I knew I needed to learn how to train the dog. A friend recommended a dog club. The dog and I got tired of obedience and I had heard about a new dog sport called agility. My dog and I both loved that! Lots more fun than obedience but I still liked the precision of obedience. My first dog ended up getting a Utility Dog title and Excellent Agility title.

Dog sports have evolved since I started training dogs, and I’ve evolved in my training. When you know better, you do better. I’m still learning.

Karen enjoys helping with our agility classes and training dogs 3-days a week in our Day Training Program.

Tracy Reichert, ABCDT

Customer Service Specialist | [email protected]

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. She also currently serves the whim of her adorable French Bulldog, Roxy, and Vesta, a Dalmatian, who she has begun showing in conformation.

After working “in the office” for many years as our amazing admin and lead instructor in our Puppy, Adolescent and Life Skills classes, she moved to the south east with her husband.  She now can be found answering your calls and emails from afar!


Theresa Elliott

Customer Service Specialist | [email protected]

Theresa joined our team in 2020. She has had dogs all her life. After a long career in retail and customer service she “retired” and joined our team.

 

Theresa can be found helping you make your payments our purchasing goodies for your dog! She also answers your phone calls and emails.


Brenda Belmonte, CPDT-KA

Founder 

Brenda was the founder of Two Paws Up Dog Training, Inc. She has fully retired and is now living in South Dakota. She is currently competing in agility with her Pug, Lena, and enjoying hiking and wildlife watching in her new home state.