The SoCal Dog Trainer

About:  More About Charlene

  • EXPERIENCED...with over a decade of professional dog training experience


  • QUALIFIED...an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test


  • INVOLVED..an active member of All Canine Working Dog Club (Schutzhund Club)


  • EDUCATED...Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from University of California San Diego

I LOVE training dogs, and I LOVE working with my clients to help them achieve their goals with their dogs!  

Growing up I was the kid that wished I lived on a farm and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.   By the time I was ten years old I could proudly name all the AKC breeds, by memory, in alphabetical order, and had checked out all the animal books out of the library several times!  I started volunteering at my local animal shelter when I was only nine years old helping clean cages, bathe and exercise the dogs, and even fundraised money to build a much needed quarantine room for the shelter in my teenage years.  By the time I was in my early twenties I was hired by PetsMart to train dogs.  Working at PetsMart was an invaluable opportunity for me to work with thousands of dogs of various sizes, breeds, and temperaments.  Additionally, I worked hand in hand with Pet Parents helping thousands of my clients successfully achieve their goals with their dogs.  Through the years I have also rescued, trained and re-homed nearly a dozen dogs.  In the end, my life's path became dog training, not veterinary medicine, and I couldn't be happier!  

Through the years I have attended numerous dog training seminars with such speakers as Dr Nicholas Dodman, and Karen Pryor to name a few.  Moreover, I regularly compete in AKC competitive obedience and Schutzhund, and look forward to competing in agility, nose work, and french ring in the future.  


In addition, I have my Bachelors in Arts in Psychology from University of California, San Diego.  My husband and I have two daughters, along with my Rottweiler, Hennessy Monster Vom Eschenhagen BH, CD and my Chihuahua/Jack Russell, Nemesis Goddess of Revenge CD