At The Well-Mannered Dog Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our team of dedicated dog lovers remains committed to providing exceptional dog care, safety and training for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments. Our team includes knowledgeable and compassionate dog trainers and instructors with extensive experience and training at our center and worldwide — earning them numerous honors, awards and achievements at all levels of competition and training.
Jill Moore, Instructor
Jill earned a degree in Forensic Chemistry from Michigan State University. Yet, she has worked as a dog instructor in agility for over 20 years with prior experience in other facilities. Jill also has judge agility, obedience, rally and showmanship for 4H in Michigan. Jill has a passion for boston terriers. Her first boston was one of only two bostons to earn Hit for obedience and High Combined at Nationals in 2012. After her own success, she started to breed her own Boston’s under the name Jingle Boston’s. Her dogs have been ranked in many championships since she started breeding in 2013. Jill and her husband (and breeding helper) of 31 years, Glen, have one son and a new grandchild.
Pat Parker, Instructor
No stranger to the field, Pat brings over 58 years of dog training experience to The Well-Mannered Dog Center. Before joining our team over two years ago, Pat focused on social work and teaching, after earning her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. The recipient of both Dogs and Student Dogs High Competition Achievement Awards, Pat loves watching her students develop great relationships with their dogs, as well as teaching agility and puppy manners. Pat is happily married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Ellen Hizer, Instructor
Ellen Hizer is West Michigan’s most experienced agility competitor and instructor. Ellen has been a performance events trainer, exhibitor, and instructor since 1987 and has multiple titles in the United States and Canada in AKC, NADAC, CPE, UKC, USDAA and AAC in Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking, including 30+ Agility Trial Championships in 4 different organizations.
Ellen started teaching agility classes and workshops in 1988, working with a wide variety of dog and handler teams. She has experience with many different breeds, mixed breeds and all sizes of dogs from Irish Wolfhounds to Yorkshire Terriers.
Pat Doran, Instructor
Pat earned her bachelor’s and master’s from Western Michigan University. She has been at The Well-Mannered Dog Center since it opened has been working with dogs for the past 26 years. Pat teaches the freestyle classes at our facility. She creates lessons for every student based on their level of training. Pat loves the performance floor at the Well Mannered Dog and learning from the other instructors and her students. Pat has received many honors from the American Kennel Club. Some of the titles her dogs have earned are Companion Dog and Companion Dog Excellence.
Jean Claude Tamba, Trainer
Jean has been at The Well-Mannered Dog center for a little over 2 years where he does obedience training, protections training and behavior modification. Jean served for 18 years in the K9 Unit at the Military Police in Senegal. He became a certified dog trainer there, earned a certificate in dog training from the German Army and Anti-Terrorism Training in Louisiana’s Police Academy. Through his service he received many decorations and awards and became a special anti-terrorism agent. Jean also can train dogs in English, German and French.
Rosalyn Russell, Instructor
Rosalyn received her advertising degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s in the art of teaching from Aquinas College, here in Grand Rapids. At The Well-Mannered Dog Center she has led the Run Riot Flyball Team, training for flyball classes, sport foundation training and has hosted special events. She has worked in canine sports for over 9 years. Her flyball team has recently won the Division 4 National Championship at the United Flyball League International competition. In 2015 and 2016, her teams came in 5th and 2nd place. Rosalyn loves helping owners to realize their dog’s potential and build the dog and owner relationships.
Karen Oliver, Trainer
Instructor Karen Oliver brings a wealth of experience to each class she teaches. With over a decade of experience in the industry — the past 5 years at The Well-Mannered Dog Center — Karen teaches obedience, agility and freestyle classes throughout the year. Karen has earned multiple titles in obedience, rally, agility and canine freestyle. A graduate of Grand Valley State College, Karen and her husband have three children, six grand children and a great grandson.
Paula Smith, Trainer
Paula Smith is a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is the owner of ‘Dog Blessed’ in Montague. She has served on various local animal welfare boards and works with them and other community groups to enhance the lives of dogs and
teaches others about dog behavior and humane science based training techniques.
Paula has a Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club and PAWS in Grand Rapids.
Paula lives in Montague with her husband and three rescue dogs. In her spare time, she like to spend time training her own dogs and trialing in Agility and Nosework. Her dogs hold titles in CPE agility, AKC agility, UKC, AKC and NACSW Nosework, Therapy Work, Advance Canine Good Citizenship, Tricks, Rally, and are always trying new things. Her goal is to strengthen the relationship between humans and canines in the home by focusing on enhancing cross species communication. She uses scientific based
training focused on positive reinforcement and classical conditioning.