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PARTNERS DOG TRAINING STAFF  
 
 
 
Leighton Oosthuisen

LEIGHTON

Oosthuisen

 

Founder

Training Director

Leighton is the Founder and Training Director of Partners Dog Training School. He has been training dogs for over thirty years, and has competed and titled in French Ring, Schutzhund, Agility, AKC Obedience, AKC Tracking and Dock Dogs.
He is a former law enforcement officer, military explosive detector canine instructor and Captain of Search and Rescue. Leighton specialized in patrol, explosive and narcotic detection and canine handler instruction. Leighton oversees all operations at Partners Dog School.
Leighton is also an avid competitive shooter, and competes internationally in Practical Pistol shooting. In 2014 he earned a Team Gold Medal winning the World Championship.
Leighton, Loni, Christopher and Alessandra live on the school property, with their family of dogs, goats, chickens and ducks.

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KITRA

Tovar

 

Head Trainer

Kitra Tovar is the Head Trainer with Partners Dog Training School.
She has worked at Partners since July of 2012 and is responsible for all Resident Camp training and kennel operations. She also teaches Camp Classes, Out & About Classes, Private Lessons and Behavior Evaluations.

Prior to joining Partners, she worked at the World Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium and spent several years at a Veterinary Hospital in Tucson Az. She volunteered for several shelters in Tucson and worked in Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Kitra graduated from the University of Arizona and has a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management. Her favorite memories include numerous family camping trips, training with her dog Vacler and hiking with her husband Joe. She also participates in Dock Jumping and Personal Protection training.
Kitra has a passion and love for working with animals and teaching people to better understand their dogs. When not at Partners, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling, hiking and of course training her Valeck Shepherd Vacler. ...better know as “Monkey”.


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KALINA

Dedek

 

Office Manager

Kalina Dedek is the Office Manager with Partners Dog Training School.

Kalina joined Partners in February 2000, and has been a trainer, instructor, office assistant and now Office Manager.

Kalina is responsible for all Office Operations, as well as schdeduling and client service.

She is also Personal Assistant to Leighton, and basically manages his life.

Kalina moved to the USA from Poland. She is an avid artist, and is currently working on a business degree.
Kalina lives with her imported Great Dane, Lucian.

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JENNIFER

Shelton

 

Senior Instructor

Jennifer Shelton is a Senior Instructor at Partners Dog Training School.
Jennifer joined Partners in 2012.

She is responsible for instructing Camp Obedience classes, as well as training dogs for Camp.


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AMY

Measles

 

Instructor / Office Staff

 

Amy Measles is an Instructor/Trainer with Partners Dog Training School. She also assists in the office.
Amy has worked at Partners since 2010 and has taught Resident Camp classes, Obedience classes and one-on-one sessions. She trains in the Resident Camp program in the kennels, working with clients and dogs. Her office duties include answering phones, assisting clients and scheduling of classes and lesson.  
Amy grew up in a small town and went to Northern Arizona University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Design and Technology.
Some of Amy's favorite memories are driving on snow in the middle of the night, family camping trips and the births of her two sons.
Amy loves working with both animals and people. She also loves to get creative with crafts and spending time with her family...oh and all things Jeep!

When not at Partners, Amy spends her time with her husband and sons going 4-wheel driving in their Jeeps, playing video games with the boys, reading or watching movies

Amy lives with a Boxer mix called Zelda and two cats named Delilah and Butterscotch.


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NANCY

Zeiher

 

Senior Instructor

Nancy Zeiher is a Senior Instructor with Partners Dog Training School.
She joined Partners way back in 2001, and has been a part of the building of the school.
Nancy teaches Level 1 and 2 Obedience classes

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LEOLIN

Oosthuisen

 

Ranch Manager

Leo Oosthuisen is the Manager of Ranch Operations.

Leo joined Partners in 1998, when he emigrated to the United States from South Africa. He is Leighton's father, and a big part of the success of Partners.
Leo is responsible for all the grounds, training fields, kennel maintenance and much of the photography.

He lives on the school property, with his wife Liz and their two German Shepherds, Brutus and Jessie.

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CHRISTOPHER

Oosthuisen

 

Instructor

Christopher Oosthuisen is an Instructor with Partners Dog Training School.

He has worked at Partners since a small child. Christopher is Leightons' son, and has been a big part of the success of Partners Dog Training School.
He is a very accomplished competitive shooter, and is the number one Junior in the USA. He was slected in 2014 to represent the United States at the World Championships.
He is currently a Senior at Scottsdale Christian Academy.

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ANITA

Elias

 

Instructor

Anita Elias is an Instructor/Trainer with Partners Dog Training School.

Anita has worked at Partners since 2010 and has taught Agility and Rally classes as well as Private Lessons in these fields. She trains in the Resident Camp program in the kennels, and assists with grooming of dogs.
Anita is a serious Agility competitor, and travels the country competing with her dogs. She manages the Partners Agility program and teaches Basic and Advanced Agility Classes on week nights.

When not working at Partners her passion is doing Agility with her dogs, Zack (Am. Staffordshire Terrier), Vixen (Boxer) and Dobby (Corgi mix). She has put several titles on her dogs in AKC Obedience, Rally and Agility. She also does Personal Protection, Dock Diving and Lure Coursing. She spends almost every extra minute doing activities with her three dogs. She just recently put the highest title (MACH) possible in AKC agility on her Am. Staffordshire Terrier, Zack. Anita loves to pass on her love for Agility and competing with dogs in all levels of competition with any who is willing to learn.

Anita grew up in Oregon on a dairy farm and was exposed to working with dogs and assorted animals from birth. She graduated from High School in Oregon and has managed her own business with her late husband here in Phoenix, AZ.

Anita's favorite memories are of her travels with her late husband, Don, and of riding her horses in her earlier years.

 

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SARAH

Rogers

 

Instructor / Office staff

Sarah Rogers is an Instructor with Partners Dog Training School.

Sarah joined Partners in April 2014.
Sarah assists with the training of dogs in classes.

She also answers phones and assists clients with their needs.

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JESSI

Wells

 

Instructor

Jessi Wells is an Instructor with Partners Dog Training School.
Jessi joined Partners in March 2014.
She instructs and assists in the Resident Camp classes as well as training the dogs in the Resident Camp program.
Jessi is from an animal loving family. She has grown up her entire life with a house full of pets. As a kid Jessi always had very strong bond with her pet dogs and did everything with her chocolate lab Thunder.
As she grew up she developed a soft spot for the Dog Rescue community and loves to do whatever she can for them.
Jessi enjoys hanging out with her family, boyfriend and friends. She spends her off hours taking her dogs hiking when it's cool enough out, taking them for rides when it's not, or working out at the gym.
Jessi lives with 6 dogs all but one are rescues! Dahlia the chihuahua mix, Otis the pug/chihuahua mix, Baylee the Pomeranian, Poot the Sharpei/pitbull mix, Ruger the chocolate lab, and Hank the yellow lab. It's definitely like a zoo at times but she wouldn't have it any other way.

 

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KALIE

Rumaner

 

Instructor

Kalie Rumaner is a Trainer with Partners Dog Training School.

Kalie joined Partners in March 2014

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ELYSE

Rossi

 

Instructor

Elyse Rossi is a Trainer with Partners Dog Training School.

Elyse joined Partners in May 2014

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MELISSA

Maynard

 

Instructor

Melissa Maynard is a Trainer with Partners Dog Training School.

Melissa joined Partners in March 2014, after being a client for two years.

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KIM

Lindenmaaier

 

Instructor

Kim Lindenmaaier is an Instructor with Partners Dog Training School.
Kim has worked for Partners Dog Training School since March 2014, after having been a client for many years.

Kim teaches the Social Swim class on Saturday mornings.
In her previous experience she has come from working as the Behavior Liaison for several of the Golden Rescue  Groups
 in AZ.
Her favorite memory was rehabilitating the first Golden rescue that came to Partners Dog training School and placing that dog in a loving home with their own family.
"I love to see the relationship between people and their dogs and to see how their dogs make them smile and bring out the best in them."
When not at Partners, Kim works as a Risk Manager in the Financial Services industry.
She lives with two Golden Retrievers. Aspen is an 11 year old rescued female. She has come leaps and bounds over the years. Her other Golden, Indy, is her 3 1/2 year old show dog. He also competes in Dock Diving, Obedience, and is a Certified Therapy Dog. Indy is the quintessential Golden full of life and versatility who is also extremely smart.
Kim likes to tell people "my dogs teach me life lessons everyday and I am thankful for that."

 

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JULIE

Schwartz

 

Instructor

Julie Schwartz is an Assistant Instructor with Partners Dog Training School.
Julie joined Partners in 2012, after having been a client for some time.

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