ABOUT PHD

TRAINING STYLE

PHD offers guided training, which is training for dogs and humans together in relationship. Our clients learn practical skills during session that they practice with their dogs between sessions. Homework is completed using resources in the Learning Portal .  Sessions may be held in individual or small group format, in person or by video call, and may include work with specially-trained instructor dogs. 

PHD instruction conforms to LIMA, the ethical standard endorsed by the Association of Professional Dog Trainer (APDT), the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Click to read PHD's Ethics Statement

INSTRUCTOR LEVELS AND RATES OF SERVICE
 

Please call or  email PHD with inquiries about service & instructor availability. Contact us if your financial situation prevents you from scheduling services: when possible we offer  sliding scale rates.  A first in-home training session is 2 hours long. Follow-up in-home sessions as well as other program sessions scheduled for locations outside of the home are typically 1 hour long. For program descriptions and tuition estimates for Service Dog, Therapy Dog, or Emotional Support Dog services, please click here. 

LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTORS are actively enrolled in the PHD Apprenticeship Program. They teach content appropriate to their knowledge level under supervision of the Lead Instructor, Nathaniel Lukas.

Rate of service is $39.95 + tax per hour

 

LEVEL 2 INSTRUCTORS have graduated from the PHD Apprenticeship Program or have a similar practical background in professional dog training. They teach content appropriate to their knowledge level under supervision of the Lead Instructor, Nathaniel Lukas.

Rate of service is $49.95 + tax per hour

LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTORS have achieved the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed (CPDT-KA) or similar professional certification. They have 1-5 years of experience as a professional dog trainer under the scope of services provided by PHD.

Rate of service is $59.95 + tax per hour.

LEVEL 4 INSTRUCTORS have achieved the CPDT-KA or similar certification and have over 5 years of experience as a professional dog trainer under the scope of services provided by PHD.

Rate of service is $79.95 + tax per hour.

INSTRUCTORS

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NATHANIEL LUKAS, PhD, NCC, LMHC, CIMHP, CPDT-KA

PRESIDENT & LEAD INSTRUCTOR, PETS AND HELPING DOGS

PHD INSTRUCTOR, LEVEL 4

 

Nathaniel Lukas Redekopp has over 8 years of experience in professional dog training. He is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), is credentialed by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Nathaniel apprenticed with A Fresh Perspective Dog Training (AFPDT).

Nathaniel has a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Clinical Counseling and is a LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) who specializes in Animal-Assisted Therapy with canines for the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  He is a National Certified Mental Health Counselor (NCC) and Certified Integrative Mental Health Practitioner (CIMHP). Nathaniel is a PhD graduate of the University of New Mexico in Spanish, and has a background in curriculum design/instruction, civil rights investigation, education and advocacy. 

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KAYLA DONALD, M.A., KPA-CTP 

PHD INSTRUCTOR, LEVEL 2

 

Kayla started her career as an animal trainer working with exotic species like giraffe and African lions for 7 years. During this period, she earned an M.A. in Biology and began teaching Zoo Keeping Technology courses at Pikes Peak Community College.

 

Kayla became a certified dog trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP) in 2018 after adopting her first dog with special needs, Mouse.  She left the zoo field to focus on dog training as it is such a passion of hers! 

Pets and Helping Dogs is thrilled to have Kayla as our newest pack member!

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CHRIS MCGUINNESS

PHD INSTRUCTOR, LEVEL 1

 

Chris brings years of experience working with people and animals. We are excited to have him! Chris' background includes work as a horse trainer, armed forces veteran, and police chief. 

 

Chris wants our clients to know that he and his canine companion, Gunner, are "enthusiastic to work with you and your best friends (aka dogs)!" 

INSTRUCTOR DOGS

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LINUS

KHORII (working name Katie)

Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and PHD founding pack member, she passed away January 2022. Khorii's superpower was sharing so much love and healing wherever she went!

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SANDY

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HERCULES & BAILEY

MISSY (Misdemeanor Elliot)

Is greatly missed since her passing in early 2022. She was always eager to participate in socialization exercises and enjoyed longboarding.