Kendra hails from Michigan, where she grew up with an affinity all things furry, feathery, and scaled. From a young age, she brought home every animal under the sun (much to her parents’ chagrin). When her first Rottweiler puppy Bailey came into her life as a young adult, Kendra consumed herself with teaching Bailey new tricks. She began to realize the impact that training had for both dog and pet parent, and wanted to learn everything she could. This newfound passion led her to volunteering with her local shelter where she gained invaluable experience working with a variety of dogs – a passion she still holds dear to her heart 20 years later. Since those early days, Kendra immersed herself in her field, studying under some of the biggest and best names in dog training, like Cesar Millan and Robin MacFarlane, which inspired her to found Doggie Mannerz in 2008. To this day, she still continues her education and skills by traveling around the country to bring back the latest and greatest information for her clients and their dogs. Kendra brings a tailored approach to each and every dog she works with, finding what will help them build and maintain success in their homes and out in the real world. Her down-to-earth approach is fun and easy to understand for both the dogs, and the people who love them. She continues to share her incredible skills with the shelter and rescue community through her love of fostering rescue dogs. Kendra shares her Millcreek home with her three shelter dogs, Zooke, Tayter, and Jelly.
Emily Whipp has been in the dog training world for over 10 years. She started as a competitor in Schutzhund, a German dog sport of Protection, Obedience, and Tracking. Since titling her two dogs in the sport, she expanded her knowledge by studying under several well known trainers including Ivan Balabanov, Michael Ellis, Joel Monroe, and Sonja Nord. This provided her with further knowledge of performance dogs in protection and nosework abilities. Her passion for dogs turned into a career as she came to better understand the complex workings of the canine mind and how we can best fulfill them as individuals as well as making them the most enjoyable, livable companions they could be. She currently owns two German Shepherds, her retired working and protection dog Rebel, and her young protection and competition dog Ilse. Her mission is to provide the knowledge and understanding of dogs she has learned over many years to the average dog owner, giving them the possibility to live in harmony and ease with their loyal companion.