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Fabian is the Director of Operations and Owner of Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center as well as the President of Canines & Company, our company’s sister non-profit. Breathing and living dog behavior for the last 12 years he’s developed the training approach behind Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center. His professional experience includes rescue work, Obedience and behavioral training and through Found rescued and trained more than 400+ Pit Bulls and other high-drive dogs. Through working with these breeds he enjoyed their natural attributes and developed an appreciation for both pet dogs and working dogs. Fabian is a member of the PSA (Protection Sports Association), APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and achieved the a CCPDT-KA and CGC Evaluator Certificates.
Brittney was born into a family who has always appreciated animals and welcomed many a dog and cat into their home. Her dream of working with dogs began when she went door to door asking to walk the neighbors’ dogs as a child and proceeded into high school when she worked as a kennel technician at a puppy store. With her added experience as a dog handler in a dog daycare and volunteer work in shelters, Brittney hoped to combine her love of dogs with her love of people and graduated from Monmouth College, where competed on the cross country and track teams. Her major included a concentration in Human Services, where she was able to complete an internship at a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, learning even more about animal behavior as it relates to humans. She continued in her training career by volunteering at a service dog organization, where she realized an interest in helping people learn to handle their dogs and work effectively as a team. After receiving her CPDT-KA, she has enjoyed working with Found Chicago’s rescues to better her handling and training skills. She enjoys her work representing Found Chicago Boarding and Training in helping clients’ to create a lasting training relationship with their dogs because she feels she is impacting lives daily. Brittney has two rescue dogs, lab mix Jolie and border collie mix Mona, who she spends most of her free time with.
Ryan has been working exclusively with dogs the last eight years. He has safely logged thousands of hours socializing and training dogs of all breeds. Ryan has used this experience, in addition to his B.A. in Philosophy, into successfully training and rehabilitation hundreds of dogs. Every interaction with a dog is an opportunity and he continues to hone his skills with Found on a regular basis. In a society that can treat dogs like humans more than ever before, he believes it’s incredibly important to educate an understanding of dog psychology and culture, so that we can fulfill their lives properly and better co-exist together. Ryan currently has two rescue dogs, Moo (Rat Terrier mix)/Annie (Dachshund mix), and has resided in the Andersonville area for nine years.
Ryan has been working in the pet industry for 5 years! Having experience in both daycare and rescue facilities, Ryan likes to focus on dog behavior. He also loves the challenge of building codependency and trust with our more difficult dogs. Someday, Ryan wants to earn his Doctor of Literature and become a college professor! Now, he has two dogs, Haze and Maya, a border collie and pitbull. Here, he is pictured with our daycare dog, Daphne!
Jawaan has been working with dogs for the past 6 years. He started as a handler, and after apprenticing under Ryan and Fabian, he is now a fulltime trainer. To Jawaan, owning a dog is choosing to be a leader of a pack. He believes in a dog’s perspective, their home is their pack, and he wants to help every owner become a great pack leader. To him, a leader is always calm, clear, and assertive. His philosophy is that the pack leader can never take a minute off, or the dog will step into the role. Dog training has been Jawaan’s dream since he was a kid. He’s been around dogs his entire life and was deemed a dog whisperer among his family and friends. Today, he’s the proud father of Akila, his Belgian Malinois.
Jeff has been on the forefront of dog training in Chicago for nearly 20 years. His innovative work with Bully Breeds in some of Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods has made him a go-to trainer and resource for people all over the country. His philosophy of firm, fair and overwhelmingly positive training keep him and his rescued Pit Bulls, Junebug & Rosie Rae very busy. When not training Jeff, Junebug & Rosie Rae can be found entertaining & educating folks at Public Schools, Youth Correctional Facilities and even center court at Chicago Bulls Games where they are part of the Bulls Entertainment Family.
Roger started training hunting dogs in 1972 and a few years later also trained dogs for obedience. He was involved in volunteer work with therapy dogs for more than 10 years. Roger also enjoyed doing some trick training with 2 of his own dogs. In 2010 he became aware of a new and emerging sport called NoseWork sanctioned by NACSW. Roger pursued and became a CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) in 2011 and has been teaching and competing ever since. More recently he has also competed in AKC Scent Work and UKC Nosework. Mr. Lautt is certified by NACSW to be an ORT (Odor Recognition Test) Judge and Certifying Official. He is also a UKC Nosework Certifying Official & AKC Scent Work Judge. Roger has spent many days as a volunteer in various scent discrimination activities. He is currently teaching 4 Nose Work classes per week. In 2018 Mr. Lautt became a C-WAGS Scent Judge for all classes. Roger has passion for teaching, learning and judging scent discrimination activities. With his experience and success he feels he can judge all levels/classes.