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. And has been applying her diploma in Companion Animal Behavior and Training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology in England to become a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Having exercised her degrees for over 10 years, 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.
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.
Hannah grew up in Ohio, training horses and dogs throughout high school, college, and eventually went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a degree in Zoology in 2011. After graduating, Hannah had the opportunity to expand her training skills with a variety of species including penguins, porcupines and cheetahs while working at several zoological institutions in Ohio. No matter how much fun she had working with a wide variety of animals, Hannah kept coming back to dogs. She worked as a dog trainer for several years in Ohio before moving with her fiancé and furry family to the Florida Panhandle in 2015.
Hannah and her retrievers Finn and Bailey love living at the beach and enjoy swimming, hiking and paddle boarding together. They also enjoy training for agility and rally obedience, and hope to begin competing in the coming year. Hannah teaches puppy classes, beginner obedience, intermediate obedience, and private lessons in Niceville.
K9 Nose Work Instructor
With her first dog, a gifted West Highland Terrier received in 1994, she joined the Okaloosa Kennel Club to learn about dogs and opportunities to keep dogs busy. Through volunteering in conformation events and assisting in obedience training program, she entered the world of dog sports.
Now a certified K9 NW instructor(NACSW) National Association of Canine Scent Work, she is still in love with the thrill of competition and sports. Now owned by two Border terriers – Barley and Bleu, Penny has her hands full. Barley is titled in Rally-O, Agility, Barnhunt, and Earthdog. He has also earned his AKC CGC and is a certified therapy dog. Bleu is still young, but has been through confirmation, Barnhunt, Earthdog, and is currently working in K9 Nose Work.
Josh Baliles loves all things dog! He grew up with Labradors, Great Danes and Hound dogs. While volunteering at shelters, he gained a lot of experience working with a variety of dogs, and found Pets Behave! Having a reactive dog himself, he has an understanding of the challenges this can be for both the dogs and their owners.
Striving to learn more about dog training, Josh is always reading and attending workshops. He has a great interest in all the fun dog sports that are available for us to enjoy with our dogs. Josh is bringing his love of scent work with dogs from tracking, search and rescue is delighted to be the assistant trainer for our Nose Work for Fun classes.
Josh is proud owner of Shooter the Husky and Remington the Great Dane.
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 husband Logan currently serve Camo – a grey and orange tabby cat, rescued from a parking lot, and a new rescue, Percius a Siamese Mix kitten. With many dreams ahead, Ashley will always have a furry companion and a fun DIY project.