Instructors


Linda McVay, CCS CDW

Linda has always loved dogs and began seriously working with them in 1990. After graduating from the first Canine Studies Program and managing another training facility she decided to strike out on her own. She is a full member of the APDT . She continues to keep abreast of industry literature and attends seminars and lectures as her busy schedule allows. Now embarking on her own venture, she looks forward to continuing to help people effectively communicate with their dogs at Seattle’s own University Canine Learning Academy.

Her compassion for dogs and their owners is evident from the moment you enter her classroom. She brings both reason and joy to the sometimes daunting process of better understanding canine behavior and training.

Continuing Education: "CAAB Chat - Helping Pet Owners Follow Through With Behavior Intervention Plans", Clicker Expo 2015, "Deconstructing The Growl" seminar, presented by Dr.Sophia Yin & Sarah Kalnajs; Terry Ryan's, "Poultry in Motion"; Dr.Ian Dunbar's "Dog on Dog Aggression" telecourse; Dr.Ian Dunbar's "Science Based Training with Feeling" seminars; The "Dog and Baby Connection"; Grisha Stewart's "Puppy Socialization the Right Way"; Adolescent Dogs; Veronica Boutelle's "Dog Walker Academy"; Veronica Boutelle’s "Dog Pro" seminar; Retired police k-9 officer and internationally renowned author, Kat Albrecht, of Missing Pet Partnership, "Lost Dog Recovery" seminar.


Andrea and Regan

Andrea Stone, CCS CDW

Working with and training dogs since 1993 has given Andrea a wealth of hands-on knowledge that she eagerly shares with dog owners. She finished the highly regarded Canine Studies Program taught by Cristine Dahl as valedictorian giving her a strong grounding in canine education in addition to her real world experience. This provides the tools to share her enthusiasm and talent in helping people with their dogs and creating life-long, harmonious partnerships. Andrea brings to University Canine Learning Academy a commitment to share her knowledge and a strong desire to strengthen a healthy bond between people and dogs. Andrea's Continuing Education includes: 2015 Clicker Expo, "Positive Training for Show Dogs" 2 day workshop with Vicki Ronchette; Kim Moeller's "Dog Aggression Workshop"; "Helping Fearful Dogs" seminar by Nicole Wilde; "Deconstructing The Growl" seminar, presented by Dr.Sophia Yin & Sarah Kalnajs; Dr.Ian Dunbar's "Science Based Training with Feeling" seminars; Veronica Boutelle's "Dog Walker Academy"; Veronica Boutelle’s "Dog Pro" seminar; five week aggression course as SSCS.She has also been a Certification Instructor for Veronica Boutelle's highly regarded dog* TEC Dog Walker Academy

She is currently active in conformation showing, lure coursing, Rally and Agility and is a proud member of her local and national breed clubs.Her dogs have been very successful in multiple venues. Here Andrea proudly poses with Regan, BIF GCHB DC FoPaw's Touch of Evil at Saorsa RA SC TKP MVB ATD AOM.


Jen and Zula

Jen Skiver Thompson, MS CDW

Jen grew up, like many of us, with a big love for animals. She had beloved dogs, cats and birds in her youth, and spent many years riding horses and participating in competitive Team Penning. She learned a lot about animals through those experiences, but began her formal education in animal behavior by studying the ethology of non-human primates in college. In her studies, she learned the principles of animal behavior while studying different species of primates in their natural habitats, in the zoo, and in the laboratory. This culminated in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics, both from the University of Washington. Her studies led her a bit astray from working with animals day to day to a successful teaching position as an adjunct professor, teaching challenging scientific concepts to non-science majors. It took some time before she realized that her skills in teaching, and in working directly with animals, could be combined. When a new puppy came into her life, she began taking classes at University Canine Learning Academy, where the skills taught are based directly on the principles of animal behavior.This opened a new door for Jen in her education, and she has been at the studio, both as a student with her dog Zula and as an intern learning and working side by side with Linda, since that first class. Jen is a graduate of Dog* Tec's Dog Walker's Academy, and is currently working toward fulfilling the stringent requirements of the Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist program of the Animal Behavior Society. Jen truly enjoys helping clients have success with their dogs, and delights in the knowledge that the skills clients learn here foster an incredible relationship between them and their dogs.


Tegan and Vesper

Tegan Moore, CTDI

Tegan began training dogs in 2013. She believes anything worth doing should be done with enthusiasm, a philosophy taught her by her first rescue dog. She is an eager student of dog behavior and is particularly interested in the emotional state of the dog in training. Tegan trains and competes in Agility with her dogs. She is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Stunt Dog judge.She will shortly complete the requirements to certify as a Dog Parkour Instructor--one of only three in the U.S.--and has been working to fulfill the requirements for her Certified Professional Dog Trainer registration through the APDT. Continuing education credits: Agility: One Mind Dogs Methodology Workshops with Chris Ott (2014) and Rachel Sanders(2016), Young Dog Sequencing with Justine Davenport(2018) Seminars: Stunt Dog Workshop with Kyra Sundance(2017), International Dog Parkour Association Workshop with Karin Coyne and Abigain Curtis(2017), Shape Up with Lori Stevens(2018), I-Cue with Kathy Sdao(2018) You can find out more about Tegan at Temerity Dogs.com.


Kristina and Lucy visit Utah

Kristina Huynh

Kristina is widely known to her friends and family as that person who is always with a dog, long before she even had a pup to call her own! Whether she's dog sitting, fostering, or hanging out with her own dog, Lucy, she's happiest when a furry friend is near. As an intern, Kristina is excited to learn everything there is to know about dog training and looks forward to applying what she learns towards helping her future foster pups. She loves getting to know different personalities and learning how to communicate with each individual pup to help them become the best form of themselves. One of the most rewarding things in her life is seeing the progress and improvement to a pup's life when things finally click.