Pets Behave professional instructors have over 50 years of
combined experience in dog training and behavior consulting.
Owner and Manager of Pets Behave, LLC
R.N. Dip CABT. CDBC. ACCBC. Trainer and CGC Evaluator
Debbie Revell has been contributing in the field of dog training and behavior since 1999. After earning her diploma in Companion Animal Behavior and Training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology in England she challenged herself to become a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also credited with a professional membership of Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Diplomat of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (the study of animal behavior).
Committed to training methods using positive reinforcement, Debbie is an advocate of clicker training. She has been clicker training animals for over 15 years and competes with her clicker trained dogs in top levels of obedience and agility. Her expertise in training and rehabilitation of problem dogs and cats has earned a glowing reputation across Northwest Florida.
Debbie offers training plans for pets with problem behaviors, teaches a variety of dog training classes from puppy to advanced levels. She gives workshops on nutrition, learning theory, clicker training, aggression, and behavior modification. She is a member of the Five Flags Dog Training Club and the Florida Pan-Handlers Australian Shepherd Club. In addition, she works with local rescue organizations and shelters giving advice and temperament testing some of the more challenging dogs.
Living with Debbie and her husband, Doug, are: Honey, a Golden Retriever, Zoom the Papillon and Skye, a Border Collie. And at the Rainbow Bridge: the wonderful Digger, a Border Collie-Aussie cross, and Willow and Charlie, Golden Retrievers.
Instructor and CGC Evaluator
Samantha started showing and training horses competitively at eight years old and has had a passion for training ever since. She attended Michigan State University and in 2007 obtained her bachelors degree in Zoology. After college she was a veterinary technician and dog bather for a year. She then became a marine mammal trainer at Florida’s Gulfarium. While working at the Gulfarium she attended and graduated from the Animal Behavior College with certifications in veterinary assisting and a Certified Dog Trainer.
Samantha eventually got her start in professional dog training with an internship at Pets Behave. She was able to utilize that experience when she moved with her husband to Hawaii where she did private dog training and group classes at Petco, along with marine mammal training at Sea Life Park. Since her family has been re-stationed back here in Florida, she has resumed training at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park with turtles, penguins, otters, seals, sea lions and dolphins. We are all delighted that Samantha is back and has rejoined us at Pets Behave, teaching puppy to advanced obedience group classes at our Fort Walton Beach and Niceville locations.
Lisa Graham discovered the sport of agility in Palm Beach County with her Golden, Sophie, in 2001. Since that time, she has gained experience training and competing in multiple agility venues including AKC, NADAC, USDAA and UKC. She has qualified for the AKC Agility National Championships with three of her dogs, and competed at the Championship event with Sophie and her second Golden, Riley. In addition, Sophie and Lisa’s third Golden, Finnegan earned the honorific of the Golden Retriever Club of America’s Agility Dog Hall of Fame. And now, Lisa, Finnegan and her youngest Golden, Darcy, are actively competing in USDAA as well as in AKC with Agility, Obedience and Rally.
After a move to the Sarasota/Bradenton area in 2002, Lisa joined the Sarasota Obedience Training Club where she began teaching agility and soon became the Agility Director for the club.During this time, Lisa followed the latest handling trends and was instrumental in developing a very successful agility program. When Lisa stepped down as the Agility Director, she was invited to fill in and teach classes for Karen Holik during her absences. While at Karen’s facility, Lisa had the privilege of watching and working with many excellent dogs and handlers from the Tampa Bay Area.Lisa has taught all levels of agility, has worked with a wide range of breeds and handler skill sets, and enjoys the challenge of finding the best options for each dog/handler team. Lisa’s approach to teaching is to make sure that in each class, students will learn something new, will improve their existing skills and will be reminded of just how much fun Agility can be. Lisa teaches beginner through advanced agility group classes. She offers specialty agility workshops, such as weave poles and contacts and distance handling. Lisa is also available for private lessons. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily’s dream job has always been to work with animals. For the last three years Emily has worked full time as a marine mammal trainer at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. In addition, she not only has been teaching Puppy and Beginner Obedience classes at Pets Behave, but also has dedicated much of her time to fostering cats for SOCKS (Save Our Cats and Kittens) in Fort Walton Beach and saving many kittens’ lives.
With all of her experience, Emily brings to Pets Behave a wealth of training and expert skills. Emily received her BS degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology from University of Virginia in 2010. While in Virginia she volunteered at the local SPCA training and rehabilitating rescue dogs for adoption. She was also involved in their Pit Bull program. She lives with her three cats: Autumn, Peanut and Abraham.
Gina is owner and manager of The Groom Room LLC. Gina has been showing dogs since 2005, starting in Great Danes. She is a professional dog groomer and is certified with the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA). Gina also competes all over the country in competitive dog grooming. In her very first competition she came in 3rd place from a large group of competitors.
Gina attended one of the top grooming schools taught by groomers ranked #1 by the NDGAA. Two of her well known instructors were Michael Lamb of Kiyara Poodles and Pina Pinkusevish. “Not only did I learn the art of professional dog grooming, I developed a better eye for dogs and learned techniques for grooming dogs that would make me the best I could be whether in a grooming shop or at the dog shows”.
After working with Great Danes, Gina decided on a breed of her own, the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie). Gina attended conformation and handling classes in Miami. She then went on to work with a professional handler for 2 years. Gina’s kennel name is Rockstar Shelties. She has two Shelties CH Lacewood Rock Star RA (Cicsco) and Rockstar’s Luminosity (Lux) who are in agility and obedience training.
We are delighted that Gina has brought her business and professional grooming skills to Pets Behave and the local community. She can be reached at 850-533-0174 or email@example.com.
Ashley joined the Pets Behave team in the summer of 2014, just after moving from her city life in Houston. While responsible for Office Operations, she also provides assistance in classes when needed and helps make Debbie’s life a little easier. Despite growing up in a big city, Ashley always made time for all things fluffy. Her favorite activity was volunteering many hours for SIRE, a therapeutic horseback riding school for special needs children. She and her fiance Logan currently serve Camo – a grey and orange tabby cat that they rescued from a parking lot. With many dreams ahead, Ashley will always have a furry companion and a fun diy project.