About Dog Dynamix

Dog Dynamix has been training dogs and helping owners for over 10 years.

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of each owner and dog we work with. We seek to optimize the relationship of each dog and owner through trust and respect, which results in a happy and obedient dog.

If you have worked with other trainers and didn't get the results you need, call us! We are dedicated to helping dog owners achieve what they never thought possible. 

Our system creates a dog that WANTS to obey you because they LOVE to train. Our dog training is comprehensive. We pride ourselves on training techniques you can incorporate into your everyday life. 

We train dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds. There is nothing we haven't seen! We are effective in obedience training, lunging, leash reactivity, leash aggression, behavior modification, resource guarding, potty training, crate training, puppy training, puppy socialization, jumping on guests, not listening, growling, barking, competitive obedience, protection sport dog obedience training, nosework, and more! Whether you are looking for puppy training, basic obedience, problem solving, or want to play dog sports, we're here to help.

The Trainers

Lisa Lucero

(Owner and Head Trainer)

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Lisa Lucero is an active dog trainer and competitor in Denver dog sports such as obedience, protection sports, and agility with her own dogs year round. She was previously on the Board of Directors for the United States Mondioring Association, the President of 5280 Performance Canines dog training club, and is a current member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Lisa Lucero understands the value of education and constantly seeks learning opportunities from some of dog training's greatest names. She has taken many classes and seminars with Michael Ellis, Todd Dunlap, Forrest Micke, Kevin Bain, Fernando Dosta, and apprenticed for two-years under Master Trainer Jennifer Hime of Front Range K9 Academy. 

Dog training is a journey, not a destination. There is always something more to learn. Lisa participates in clubs, and frequents workshops and seminars to exchange ideas and continue her education. Lisa has close relationships with some of the best dog trainers in the world, and works hard to incorporate the best techniques into all of the training programs.

Our training methodology is heavily based on rewarding a dog for a job well done. We use praise, treats, toy and play rewards for teaching the skills we want the dog to know. After all, how many of us work for free? However, after the dog understands what is expected of them, they must also understand that following commands is not up for debate. We provide a complete and balanced approach to training dogs and their owners using proven scientific principles.

What makes a dog trainer an expert? Choosing a dog trainer is a difficult decision. Does the trainer hold titles? Do they belong to any dog training organizations? Do they have a ‘demo-dog’? Any trainer should be able to demonstrate their proficiency. Lisa is versed in all quadrants of learning, understands dog behavior, and can help you find the right training solutions for your dog and family.

Accomplishments: 

  • Laya - CD, CDX, UD, RN, RA, RE

  • Eagle Vom Linmarc - RN, RA, CD, MR1 OB, OAJ, OA

  • Haiku du Loups du Soleil - RA, MR1, MR2 (including High in Trial for MR2 Club level and 4th place MR2 Nationals 2015), MR3 with High in Trial for MR3 twice. Haiku is the 11th female dog to be titled at the highest level of Mondioring in US history.

  • Hero 16130 MR1

A pedigree is what a dog should be
Conformation is what a dog appears to be
Performance is what a dog truly is

-Author Unknown

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Shaina Zimmerman

(Manager and Dog Trainer)

Shaina has been actively training dogs since 2009, and has been with Dog Dynamix since 2016. Prior to training dogs full time, Shaina spent years handling thousands of dogs via employment as a veterinary assistant, and earlier as a manager for a high volume boarding and daycare facility. She caught the dog-sport bug in 2011 after bringing home her first working dog, a high-drive German Shepherd named Versailles. 

Shaina and Versailles have competed together in IPO, AKC Obedience, and Rally Obedience. Shaina is currently training her up-and-coming competition dog, Atom -- a Belgian Malinois. 

As often as possible, Shaina attends seminars and workshops held by other professional trainers skilled in various venues and methodologies. She has mentored under numerous dog trainers over the years, both in and out of Colorado. She is particularly passionate about modern e-collar training and aims to keep training as fun and motivational for both owner and dog, while still maintaining strict criteria and achieving reliable results.

Shaina owns four dogs of her own that keep her plenty busy during her free time - Versailles (German Shepherd), Bailey (Labrador), Colt (Kelpie Mix), and Atom (Belgian Malinois).

Accomplishments:

  • Versailles von zur Bindenburg BH, CD, RN, APR1

  • Atom de Jardin CGC, BH, RN, RNX, MR Brevet, MR1, Champion of MR1 at the 2019 USMRA National Championship

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Sophie Gustavson

(Dog Trainer)

Sophie has been with the Dog Dynamix team since April of 2018. Sophie’s career journey began at the age of sixteen when she began volunteering at local animal shelters and fell in love with bully breeds. From there she completed an internship that ended up turning into a paid position at an animal shelter near her hometown in Connecticut.

While working at the shelter, she learned a lot from their head trainer. He introduced her to more of a balanced training methodology, and that’s where her passion started. She began fostering dogs that were up for adoption in her home and did her best to learn all she could about dog behavior.

Sophie is particularly passionate about bully breeds, but has recently added Disco, a Belgian Malinois, to her pack and is ready to dive into the world of competitive dog sports. Sophie is currently training her dog River in Agility and Rally Obedience, and Disco in Mondioring.

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Kathy Howse

(Dog Trainer)

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Kathy Howse started training and showing dogs and horses in a local 4-H club in Colorado in 1973. She has shown her dogs in AKC sanctioned events for over 34 years, including conformation, obedience, rally, agility, herding, tracking and most recently, lure coursing & FastCAT. Since beginning her competition career in 1985, she has put over 150 titles on dogs (her own & clients) in all those events, achieving the highest levels in conformation, obedience, rally and herding. She has owned German Shepherd Dogs and Rottweilers for most of her life, and now owns a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. He has his AKC Grand Championship and multiple titles in obedience, rally, herding, coursing ability & FastCAT.

Kathy teaches obedience, rally and conformation for us at Dog Dynamix, as well as working with our boarding dogs. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and has volunteered over 17 years with several different 4-H dog clubs. She has judged 4H groups all over the state, at various County Fairs and the Colorado State Fair. She rounds out her dog career judging AKC Herding events and ASCA Obedience & Rally Trials. Judging has taken her all over the United States and even international.

Analynn Gonzales

(Dog Trainer)

Analynn started off her career working with a local German Shepherd breeder, where she spent her time caring for dogs of all ages, whelping, and training basic obedience. After moving cities, she started at Dog Dynamix in April 2019. She was very eager to learn different training techniques and start a career in the dog training industry. Her goal is to expand her knowledge of different methods of training, and to become more knowledgeable about competitive dog training — in particular, Mondioring and Rally Obedience. Analynn has a 2 1/2-year-old German Shepherd named Niko, and is hoping to get another puppy soon!

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Nichole Espinosa

(kennel technician)

Nichole joined the Dog Dynamix team in July of 2019. Nichole’s professional career with dogs started as a kennel technician at a local boarding facility, where she was responsible for the care and supervision of not only dogs but a myriad of other animals. After quickly learning that working with dogs was her passion, she delved into the realm of training and behavior — which lead her to Dog Dynamix. Nichole grew up with a variety of dog breeds, including german shepherd mixes and multiple small breeds. Personally, Nichole has two dogs; Nova (American Staffordshire mix) and Titan (German Shepherd), and is looking forward to learning more about competition dog sports with them.

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