Ramona is the Owner and Training Director of California Academy of Dog Behavior. www.cadogbehavior.com
Ramona first became interested in training dogs in 1988 when she became a “puppy raiser” for Guide Dogs of America. She became interested in behavior and all the nuances of dog training when she realized there was more to dog training than just giving commands.
In 1993, she went to work for Guide Dogs of America and in 2002 went to Accord, New York to pursue more dog training skills and become certified. To learn more about dog behavior, by training chickens, she went to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2004 and 2005 and to Sequim, Washington, in 2007.
Because she has fun with her dogs and loves to watch dogs have fun while learning, Fun Nose Work was a natural fit. In 2008, she became involved with Fun Nose Work and, in 2009, became a Certified K9 Nose WorkR Instructor. One of the first seven CNWI’s.
Because of her passion for helping people, and their dogs, Ramona continually attends seminars and workshops on training and dog behavior.
Ramona is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Downey Dog Obedience Group and the Labrador Retriever Club of So. Calif. She is also a member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum, Southern California Dog Obedience Council and a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She has competed with her own dogs in Agility, Dock diving, Obedience, Rally and K9 NoseworkR , and currently, also playing with Treibball.
She is a K9 NoseworkR Founding Instructor, a NACSW Sr. Faculty Member, a Certifying Official, and a K9NW Trial Site Advisor. She teaches classes and workshops. Ramona and her dog, Anton, are the second team to obtain the NW3-Elite Nosework Title. He has also earned the NW3 Element Titles; NW3-I, NW3-E, NW3-V and NW3-C. Anton has also earned the ELT-1 title.
They participated in the first NACSW National Invitational, where she and her dog Anton finished first on Saturday and third overall, on Sunday.
Along with K9 NoseworkR classes, Ramona also teaches Obedience classes, Canine Good Citizen classes and does In-Home training. She has also taught at Pennsylvania and Colorado NW Camps.