Debbie Shoener MacDonald, CPDT
Debbie has been training dogs professionally for over 37 years. During that time, she has worked with over 12,000 dogs, both in private and group situations. She was a former competitor in the AKC obedience ring, where she earned several titles. She also participated in the sport of Schutzhund, where she earned the highly coveted Schutzhund III title. She originally started her career working with local police departments and security dogs, then later started serving the general public with their family pets. Debbie is a member of NADOI (National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors) and APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). She is also certified as a “Pet Dog Trainer” by the CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers). Debbie is certified in Canine CPR by the Red Cross and is an American Kennel Club CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluatior.
Shirley Miyahara, CPDT
Shirley has been training dogs personally for over 20 years. She has competed in the AKC obedience ring and in the sport of Schutzhund with her dogs. She has earned titles in both rings and is now competing in the Agility ring with her dog Scout. Shirley has been working at Canine Academy since 2000. She is a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). She is also certified as a “Pet Dog Trainer” by the CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers). Shirley is certified in Canine CPR by the Red Cross and is an American Kennel Club CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluatior.
I joined Canine Academy’s staff after retiring from the Grooming Industry after 35 years. I have owned and operated the Grooming Shoppe in Bensalem for 33 years. I was also involved in many rescue organizations and am a long time member of Philadelphia Sheltie Rescue and Brandywine Shetland Sheepdog Club. I am currently involved with other dog clubs and dog activities. I have been working with my own Shelties for several years in Obedience, Rally, Fly Ball and Agility. I have attended various classes over the years in all aspects of dog related issues including health, nutrition, grooming and training. I am certified in canine CPR by the Red Cross. Now that I am retired, I am happy to have the opportunity to be working with dogs in daycare at Canine Academy.
My name is Lauren and I am 19 years old. I have a weimaraner. Her name is Heidi. She is so smart. She has been coming to Canine Academy since she was a puppy. She has been in agility classes for over a year now. I am looking forward to getting a new weimaraner puppy in the fall. Other things I like to do include hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, bowling, playing playstation, and of course, taking my dog out for long runs. I really love working with the dogs at daycare. They are so much fun to watch and take care of.
Hi, my name is Lori. I have been working at Canine Academy since August 2010. Several of my dogs have been trained here throughout the years. I wanted to work at Canine Academy because of my interest and love for dogs. I am one of those lucky people who can say “I LOVE MY JOB”. I have four dogs of my own; Molly (Beagle), Speed (Greyhound), Rusty (Italian Greyhound), and Kovu (Azawakh). I am a member of the Philadelphia Greyhound Connection (Greyhound Adoptions). Some of my interests include reading, going to concerts, nature walks, and staying busy with my adoption group. Let’s keep those tails wagging!