MEET THE DHARMA TEAM
Kelley & The Dharma Dog Pack
Owner & Master Trainer
Kelley's passion for animals was sparked in college 20 years ago, where she focused her studies on animals in society. After graduation she found it hard to find jobs working with animals, so began volunteering with local animal rescue groups and started a non-profit and delved into the world of animal welfare. During this time she also struggled with her own dogs serious behavior issues, contacting trainers, rescues, and behaviorists to help. But left feeling hopeless and frustrated by a failed by a system lacking the tools to help them.
After 6 years of pet sitting and dog walking, she felt something was missing and wanted to help animals on a larger level. She was determined to figure out how to deal with serious behavior issues that dogs were being euthanized every day for and became the first trainer to bring this style of training to the Omaha Metro are. She has helped thousands of dogs, dedicating her life to help others going through the same issues with their dogs. This is not just a job for her...this is her Dharma.
Gina & Vito
Head Trainer & Behavior Specialist
Gina has been an animal lover all her life and grew up with dogs. She used to play vet on her dogs growing up and adored spending time with them, especially her best friend Champ the boxer who ended up passing of cancer at the age of seven. She began rescuing and saving animals from a young age from bunnies, frogs, ants, worms, and taking care of cats and dogs. Gina has a heart for all living things and does everything she can to help them. She began veterinary technician school but realized her passion was more about rescuing and helping homeless animals. Gina volunteered her time walking dogs, taking them to rescue adoption events, also organized the fundraising efforts, coordinated the adoptions and handled the dog introductions and follow ups with new adopters to ensure the adoptions went smoothly.
We are so lucky to have Gina as part of the Dharma Dog Training team who dedicates her time to ensure this will be your dog's forever home. She uses her expertise in rescue and training to give you the tools you need to ensure you have the tools you need to communicate with your dogs in a way they understand. She loves dogs and has a passion for helping her clients! Gina is our Head Trainer, conducting private sessions, group classes, assists with board and trains, workshops and socialization sessions!
Pack Leaders & Apprentices
Dharma Dog Training has become a local leader in our industry and we have unique programs to teach other people that are interested in helping more dogs and humans. Our Interns, Apprentices, and Pack Leaders are an integral part of what we do to reach as many people and dogs we can by working together. Our Apprentices work along side our Dharma Dog Trainers on sessions studying, assisting and learning about the Dharma way. Our Pack Leaders help out at Dharma events and work with rescues and shelters to help others understand how to better help dogs in their care. We all work together to help more dogs and their humans.
Clients & Dogs
Dharma Dog Training would not be where we are today without the most amazing and dedicated owners on the planet. Their dedication to their dogs inspires us to continue to do this work to help them achieve the best possible life they can have with their four legged friends and those dogs and humans becomes teachers for others. They are the example of what we want to see for dogs in our world. We have saved many dogs lives by working together as a team to ensure their dogs are advocated for and get the help they need physically and mentally. We would not be able to do this work if it was not for their support over the years, so we are incredibly grateful to them.