Bonnie Braund, owner of Four Legged Rascals is a certified instructor through the Michigan Humane Society, a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator, a mentor for Animal Behavior College and Catch Canine Trainers Academy, member of The Pet Professional Guild and member of American Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Zoology and an emphasis in Animal Behavior.
Hired by the Michigan Humane society in 1995, Bonnie had the opportunity to work with animals in various positions including adoption counselor and shelter manager. In 2001, she worked for the Michigan Humane Society’s behavior and training department, the Pet Education Center, until it closed in 2008. There she conducted animal handling and stress reduction seminars for MHS staff and volunteers. Managing a team of volunteers, she ran the Pet Education Center’s Behavior Help Line. Bonnie taught various obedience classes, a specialized class just for small dogs, private lessons, and behavior consultations for problem behavior in dogs. In addition to working for MHS, Bonnie also volunteered as a foster home for dogs and cats.
Bonnie has been training since 2001 and teaches basic to advanced obedience classes and one night seminars. In addition, she offers in-home training and testing for the Canine Good Citizen certification. Bonnie enjoys spending time with her family including her dog, Ivy and her three cats.
Deb Chambers is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has been training dogs since 2001. She started with the Michigan Humane Society’s Pet Education Center in 2001 and was there until the Center closed in 2008. While she was with the MHS, she also trained the shelter dogs that were awaiting adoption to help give them skills that would make them more likely to be adopted. In addition to training dogs, she has also been a foster home for dogs and cats. Deb teaches beginning and advanced obedience classes, several different one night seminars and offers in-home training. She is the happy owner of two cats and one dog, has participated in agility and flyball just for fun, and loves to camp with her family and dogs. She enjoys working with shy/fearful dogs and is passionate about rescue programs.
Mary Honeyman began training dogs in 1998 when she was certified as an instructor with Michigan Humane’s Pet Education Center. For ten years she held classes for dog owners wanting to strengthen the bond they shared with their pets. She taught basic manners, intermediate level training, puppy training and her personal favorite, agility basics. During this time she was also involved in working with Teacher’s Pet assisting in summer camp opportunities where kids learn to train shelter dogs. Her work with Michigan Humane has continued to this day where her volunteer activities include, leading a Pawsitive Start Team that helps shelter animals become more adoptable, assisting veterinary technicians in administering medication and care to the shelter’s dogs and cats, participating in a student outreach program designed to teach elementary school children about the shelter and most recently, assisting in the adoption process at Michigan Humane’s Sterling Heights Adoption Center. Mary has not only helped teach the four leggeds, she was a Middle School Teacher for 30 years at West Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills. Her recent retirement has allowed her to devote more time to enhance her dog training skills by attending the International Dog Trainer’s Summit where she completed 15 units of study ranging from The Aging Dog to Ian Dunbar’s session on separation anxiety. Living in Rochester Hills, Mary and her husband Mark are proud parents of their “furry child” Bailey. A sweet boy made up of over 15 different breeds. A true mutt!
Melissa has been training dogs since 1999. She is a Michigan Humane Society certified dog trainer, teaching group classes and private lessons with the Pet Education Center as well as working with shelter dogs in the Pawsitive Start program until 2017 when life took her in a different direction. Melissa is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She has competed in several dog sports with her Siberian Huskies including Nose work, Barn Hunt and Agility. She has put several AKC titles on her dogs including Canine Good Citizen, Novice Trick Dog and Intermediate Trick Dog. Both her dogs have also earned the AKC Temperament Test title. She hopes to one day train her young dog to be a Therapy Dog. In the human world, Melissa is a Physical Therapist Assistant and has taken numerous continuing education seminars. She manages to include seminars on canine behavior and training, canine massage and canine physical therapy. She enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and their Siberian Huskies, Drizzle & Ghillie Dhu.
Kari Norton is a certified Dog Training Instructor through the Michigan Humane Society(MHS), a member of APDT, and a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She has been training dogs and doing extensive volunteer work for MHS since 2000, including dog training, animal care, clinic, foster, and adoption counselor. Kari has taught obedience classes for the Pet Education Center and also volunteered for the behavior helpline, where she solved behavior issues via phone and email. Previous to her involvement with MHS, Kari was a volunteer for the Cincinnati Zoo, where she attended a 16 week training course and educated the public about the animals. Kari has a degree in Education and has taken many classes and seminars on animal behavior through the zoo and Humane Society, as well as APDT conferences. Kari teaches obedience classes and seminars, as well as private lessons. She enjoys doing charity events with MHS, and has volunteered for the MHS Pawsitive Start program, where she sharpened her training skills with the shelter dogs. Kari also worked for Paws With a Cause (PAWS), where she helped train people with disabilities to work with assistance animals.