You are in good hands with our team.

Our trainers and support staff bring a wealth of knowledge from a variety of backgrounds. We’re available to answer questions via phone or email outside of scheduled class times and organized programs, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Lori Carman • VSPDT, APDT, CGC Evaluator   
Founder of Dream Dogs & Head Training

Lori and Morgan.

Lori and Morgan.

Dream Dogs is owned and operated by Lori Carman, who has a proven track record of animal training for events, obedience, agility, behavior modification, and tricks. Her training methods focus on promoting the proper relationship between dog and owner in order to achieve maximum results in minimal time.

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A graduate of Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management program with degrees in animal training and wildlife education, Lori has worked on television and movie sets with both dogs and exotic animals. She’s also worked as a trainer and naturalist for the Cincinnati Zoo and Southern California’s Living Desert Zoo and Gardens near Palm Springs. She brings to the table 21 years of experience training a variety of exotic animals such as bobcats, birds of prey, jackals, and chimpanzees (just to name a few), and creating interactive wildlife educational shows and programs. This unique background sets her apart from most other dog trainers.

Lori Carman and Victoria Stillwell.

Lori Carman and Victoria Stillwell.

World-renowned dog trainer and Animal Planet TV star Victoria Stilwell personally selected Lori to represent her in the Coachella Valley, and subsequently invited Lori to join Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT), the world's premier network of professional positive reinforcement dog trainers. Victoria rose to fame thanks to her hit TV show, “It's Me or the Dog,” through which she shares her passion for educating the public about the power of reward-based positive reinforcement training methods, as well as the dangers and ineffectiveness of traditional dominance-based philosophies. 

With the formation of VSPDT, Victoria has assembled a global team of world-class positive reinforcement dog trainers dedicated to promoting humane, force-free dog training methods that result in a truly balanced human/dog relationship based on mutual trust, respect, and love. Lori currently is the only dog trainer in the Coachella Valley endorsed by VSPDT.


Jennifer Wallace
Trainer

Jennifer with Pepper.

Jennifer with Pepper.

Jennifer spent much of her youth riding horses and working on a horse ranch where she taught children safety, husbandry, and riding skills. Through years of helping children of different ages and abilities to work alongside horses, Jennifer developed a patient practice of communicating with clients that helped them foster a strong trust between animal and human.

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Jennifer always dreamed of a career that would make it possible to marry both her teaching skills and her love of animals. Dream Dogs made that a reality when Jennifer began working as an intern trainer studying under Lori Carman. Jennifer subsequently was hired on to the Dream Dogs team as a trainer and teacher, and especially loves working with our puppies and clients new to dog training. She brings an easy-going attitude to her classes and works hard to ensure her students - both human and canine - are having fun while learning to communicate. Jennifer teaches classes in both our Indio and Palm Springs locations, and works with our dogs in day train/board and train programs.

Jennifer lives with her six-year-old Labrador mix and four-year-old human boy, both of whom benefit from Jennifer's extensive knowledge of positive reinforcement training techniques.


Jamie Bozzi  CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, ACDBC, CC, CNWI, AKC CGC /STAR Puppy Licensed Evaluator, CLASS Evaluator, Tag Teach Certified Level 2
Trainer

Jamie with Emi.

Jamie with Emi.

Jamie is a professional dog trainer & certified canine behavior consultant. Her qualifications include multiple certifications in a variety of training & behavior areas. She has written many articles for local & national magazines and has taught & trained in several countries. For over 20 years, Jamie has consulted with pet owners, non-profit organizations, service dog trainers and local zoo personnel on a variety of training issues.

Jamie teaches a variety of group classes, as well as, private consultations. Jamie has written over a dozen articles for SD Pets Magazine, San Diego Pets, the San Diego Gazette and most recently the APDT’s The Chronicle of the Dog. Jamie believes in providing clients with positive tools to teach and train their dogs for a lifetime. When not helping clients improve communication with their four-legged kids, Jamie enjoys participating and competing in specialty dog sports such as K9 Scent Detection and when she has time she also loves competing with her dogs in Agility, Treiball and Lure Coursing.


Here’s what the letters beside Jamie’s name mean…

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) About 100 people nationwide hold this certification.

Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers – www.apdt.com

Karen Pryor Academy – Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
www.karenpryoracademy.com

Member of ABMA (Animal Behavior Management Alliance)

Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC)

Member of the International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants – www.iaabc.org

Counseling Certificate from the San Francisco SPCA Dog Training Academy (CC)
www.academyfordogtrainers.com

Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) – www.k9nosework.com and www.nascw.net
Jamie was the first Certified K9 Nose Work Instructor in San Diego.

American Kennel Club Licensed Evaluator (AKC Evaluator-Canine Good Citizen Test)

American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Licensed Evaluator- www.akc.org

Association of Pet Dog Trainers C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator –www.mydoghasclass.com

Tag Teach Certified (Level 2) – www.tagteach.com

Member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) – www.theabma.org
(presented two papers at ABMA conferences – Dominance in 2009 and Play in 2012)

Member of the subcommittee for the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT) Jamie is one of several people chosen in the U.S. as a subject matter expert to assist and review test questions for the national examination of pet dog trainers and canine behavior consultants.


Sherri Halstead
Office Manager

Sherri and Zane.

Sherri and Zane.

Sherri has had a number of careers, including owning a business, heading up the Docent Education Program and serving as the Public Service Manager at Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, managing a medical office, and living every woman's dream - working in a high-end jewelry shop. After 18 years as the Human Resources Manager for a very successful manufacturing company in the Santa Barbara area, she and her husband Mark were able to retire to the desert.

Throughout her life Sherri’s had many canine friends. She and Mark share their world with their standard poodle, Zane. After taking numerous types of training classes, it became apparent Sherri had a passion for dog training. Meeting Lori and becoming part of the Dream Dogs family has led her to an unexpected “retirement career,” and the most fun she’s had in years!