We are beyond excited to have our trusted lead resort companion, Allie, also joining the Doggy Haven training team as a lead trainer.
Allie is highly skilled with dogs and has a special heart for those needing extra behavioral help. Her Cattle Dog, Neptune, has been the “ultimate project dog” and as a result, she’s also been one of the best teachers. Neptune herself is the very reason Allie was inspired to become a trainer.
Allie grew up in Idaho with an affinity for horses. She had such talent and love for horses she began training them herself at only 13 years of age. When she later moved to Seattle, she wasn’t able to take her horses with her, but her love for animals was transferred to dogs. Allie has pursued her passion for animal behavior and training through work with dogs at doggy daycare, training classes and ongoing education.
Outside of doting on dogs in her training work and during playtime at daycare, in her spare time Allie enjoys working with her own animals. She’s an avid trick trainer with her dog, Neptune. She’s even taken her training talents and used them with her cat who does a myriad of impressive tricks. Allie’s a fan of the great outdoors and especially enjoys sharing long hikes with her dog.
At Doggy Haven we all adore Allie and are so thrilled she’ll be sharing all of her insight, talent and kind methods to guide other canines and their people.
Kim Lepic, CPDT
Kim is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), an AKC CGC Evaluator and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She has been at Doggy Haven since March of 2003 and worked her way through the ranks to become Training Manager as of July 2013.
From the time she was a little girl, dogs have been Kim’s life! Her first job was at a dog boarding facility at age 17. A couple years later she rescued a Neapolitan Mastiff named Crash. Due to past abuse, Crash was fear aggressive towards people. Kim worked with him for months and soon he began to trust people. Over time, Crash became a model citizen and accompanied Kim wherever she went.
Kim helps train the employees about dog body language and behavior as part of Doggy Haven Resort’s continuing education program for employees. She is also one of the instructors for group classes, works with board & trains, daycare & trains and also offers private lessons at Doggy Haven Resort. She loves to attend training conferences and seminars as part of her continuing education.
Outside of work, Kim enjoys hiking with her dogs, yoga, jogging and snowboarding. She and her husband live in the Mill Creek area with their two mastiffs – Ky-Mani and Zion.
Kim’s students are luck to have the best of both worlds: a savvy and motivated dog trainer as well as a kind, supportive, humorous people person.
*CPDT is a certification received from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an international testing and certification program that requires references from a client, a colleague and a veterinarian, completion of 300+ training hours, a comprehensive exam, and ongoing education.
Mikkel Becker is a certified trainer specializing in dogs and cats, co-author of five books in the “Ultimate Pet Lover” series, and the resident trainer for Vetstreet.com.
In her professional work, Becker uses positive reinforcement and non-force training strategies based in scientific learning theory. She is an honors graduate of the rigorous and prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA, a graduate of the Purdue University Dogs and Cats course, and a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy.
Becker also completed an internship at the Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic with Dr. Nicolas Dodman and Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, is a certified professional dog trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a certified dog behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is currently the resident trainer for veterinary behaviorist Dr. Wailani Sung in the Seattle area, where she partners with Dr. Sung on consultations to address behavioral issues.
As the daughter of Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” it was pretty much a given that Mikkel would choose a career working with animals, and it’s been a gift for father and daughter to work together in media, in the lecture circuit and in practice within the veterinary hospital. The father-daughter team is currently working together to develop and implement strategies to take the fear out of veterinary visits for pets.
A resident pet expert for Scholastic Magazine, Mikkel has been a contributing author for Parade magazine, Knight Ridder newspapers, Woman’s Day, House and Home and Cat Fancy magazines. Becker was the featured trainer for ABC News Now, and did regular segments on Good Morning Northwest. She currently does frequent media interviews for various platforms, including KOMO News in Seattle.
Helping shelter pets both find and remain in a forever home is another important part of Mikkel’s mission. As the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation’s canine evaluator for Washington State, she tours shelters looking for homeless dogs to turn into lifesaving search dogs. She also is the dog and cat behavior consultant at Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, WA, where she helps pet owners solve behavior issues and prevent surrender.
She now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Ben, her daughter, Reagan, and their Pugs Willy and Bruce. Willy is a Pet Partners-certified therapy dog. He helps Mikkel demonstrate the importance of safe interactions for dogs and children, and also visits the elderly and those in need of emotional help.