Meet the Team

Why Work with Us?

  • We are KPA Certified Training Partners! Karen Pryor Academy is one of the most highly-regarded professional dog training programs for dog trainers in the industry.
  • Our methods are based on positive reinforcement and current behavioral science.
  • We are certified Fear-Free, and never use fear, pain, or intimidation in our programs.
  • We value training that is easy to follow, consistent, and fun for both dogs and people.
  • We’re experienced at solving and preventing the most common behavior problems.
  • …And we adore dogs!

The Best Possible Care for Your Pet

Our staff consists of many great personalities and a variety of interests.  One thing we all have in common is our compassion for animals.  We hire top-notch staff that provide our clients with only the best possible care for their pets. We are also:

A Family Business

We are owned and operated by a mother and son team

Committed to High Quality

We prioritize high-quality service for dogs in our care

Compassionate

We use positive reinforcement dog training and clicker training

Effective

We adhere to a tried and true training curriculum

Dedicated to Learning

We stay updated on the most effective methods by attending professional seminars & conferences

Holistic

We also consider how your dog’s nutritional and exercise needs are effecting your dog’s behavior

Health Conscious

We practice what we preach, and are committed to daily workouts and healthy eating

Goal-Oriented

We are hard-working, disciplined, and experienced dog trainers that strive to get you fast results

Yo Armendariz, KPA CTP

Owner, Operator & Professional Dog Trainer
Yo Armendariz KPA CTP is the founder of Canine Learning Academy, and is dedicated to positive dog training and owner education. She’s a KPA Certified Training Partner, and is a proud Fear-Free Certified Professional. She’s an AKC CGC Evaluator, a graduate of Animal Behavior College, and a Certified Service Dog Trainer.

Patient Teacher & Passionate Positive Reinforcement Advocate
Yo is known for her ability to break down complex skills into easy steps, and for developing practical techniques that give her students a sense of achievement and success throughout the dog training process. She’s passionate about bringing humane, science-based training solutions to her community. She has a soft spot for Doodles and other misunderstood dog breeds.

Kurtis Swinson

Manager & Professional Dog Trainer
Kurtis Swinson is the manager at Canine Learning Academy, and oversees all daily operations. He has years of experience working closely with dogs and their owners as a professional dog walker, dog sitter, and assistant dog trainer.

Prioritizes Education & Experience
He is passionate about dog training, and is currently a student at Karen Pryor Academy studying with the acclaimed dog trainer Nan Arthur. He has taken courses with many leaders in the field including Ken Ramirez, Emma Parsons, and Kathy Sdao. Kurtis teaches to the dog enrolled in the Enrichment Daycare, and can be found assisting and teaching various puppy and adult dog classes with Yo Armendariz.

Kurtis Swinson KPA CTP

Manager & Professional Dog Trainer
Kurtis Swinson is the manager at Canine Learning Academy, and oversees all daily operations. He has years of experience working closely with dogs and their owners as a professional dog walker, dog sitter, and assistant dog trainer.

Prioritizes Education & Experience
He is passionate about dog training, and is a graduate of Karen Pryor Academy studying under the acclaimed dog trainer Nan Arthur. He has taken courses with many leaders in the field including Ken Ramirez, Emma Parsons, and Kathy Sdao. Kurtis teaches to the dogs enrolled in the Enrichment Daycare and all-day training school, and can be found assisting with in home puppy and adult dog clients with Yo Armendariz.

Laura Nativo, KPA CTP

Professional Dog Trainer

Bio coming soon.

Tina Flores, KPA CTP, CSAT, CPDT-KA

Professional Dog Trainer & Separation Anxiety Specialist

Tina is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer who specializes in helping dogs feel more comfortable when they are left alone. Her passion for helping pet guardians learn to effectively communicate with their dogs through the use of scientifically-based, force-free training methods stems from her experience and love of her own (recovered) separation anxiety dog, Chile.  Through meticulous coaching and individualized training, Tina is able to help dogs all over the world resolve their separation anxiety issues.

Tina Flores, KPA CTP, CSAT, CPDT-KA

Professional Dog Trainer & Separation Anxiety Specialist

Tina is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer who specializes in helping dogs feel more comfortable when they are left alone. Her passion for helping pet guardians learn to effectively communicate with their dogs through the use of scientifically-based, force-free training methods stems from her experience and love of her own (recovered) separation anxiety dog, Chile.  Through meticulous coaching and individualized training, Tina is able to help dogs all over the world resolve their separation anxiety issues.

Bentley CGC

Breed: Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepard/ Standard Poodle)

Weight: 50 lbs

Meet our Working Demo Dog Bentley
“Demo” Dogs are teachers. Working beside a trainer, a good demo dog demonstrates behaviors and can reliably help show new handlers what a specific task should look like, as well as help trainers break down those tasks into teachable components. Demo dogs are great visual aids for the humans and great role models for the dogs-in-training.

Our Inspiration and Mascot
Bentley is also the very attractive Doodle on our logo and the mascot of Canine Learning Academy.  It was Yo’s bond while training with Bentley, that led to the creation of Canine Learning Academy. Bentley enjoys working as a demo dog for private our in-home clients, group classes,  puppy class, and assist with private clients when reaction to other dogs is the problem behavior. Bentley quickly proved himself smart, energetic, universally friendly to humans and other animals, and loves to learn. 

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