Meet our team!
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.
Leo began his journey training and working dogs when he was 16 years old. From starting off volunteering at animal shelters in Brooklyn, NY (Sean Casey Animal Rescye, Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition), he discovered that his true passion was in helping the dogs that seemed unadoptable, become adoptable! From there on that passion has led him to moving to Missouri when he was 18 and enrolling in TRS (Tom Rose School). From there he spent an entire year learning about numerous fields of studies that have to do with training from, basic obedience, competition obedience, personal protection dog training, tracking, search and rescue training, scent work training, and other fields that require understanding of working dogs.
From there he spent 5 years in Missouri after, working at a local kennel and within that time expanded his knowledge on not only working dogs but the everyday dog. From there he started seeing how all of these fields of training are all interconnected in different forms and variations. Within that time, Leo has competed in multiple dog sport venues from AKC Obedience, PSA (Protection Sports Association) and is also a PSA certified decoy and has decoyed for well over 4 years now!
Leo is now with Found. where he has continued his purpose mission in life, which is to help owners understand their true dog, and not what they just perceive in the moment. “Found has helped me have a platform where I feel fulfilled on a day to day basis knowing I helped clear the blurred lines of language between owner and dog.” Leo lives in the suburbs with his 3 dogs, Tori, Topol and Heath and continues to compete in all types of competition obedience.
Helping owners establish a bond with their dogs is a deeply personal matter to Luke. From 2002-2013, Luke served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army. Serving three tours of duty in Iraq, and one in Afghanistan. After a fourth deployment, his transition to civilian life was difficult. Luke suffered from PTSD and severe depression but through all of it, his Boston Terrier, Fenway, was there for him. In this way Luke found that his passion and dedication will be towards helping mans best-friend.
“A dog’s love is truly unconditional. No matter what we look like, the size of our wallets, the beliefs we hold, or the choices we have made in life. They love us everyday, no matter what. I truly believe that is something that should be shared and celebrated. Helping others to establish that bond is something that I love to do each and every day.” – Luke
During Luke’s tenure at Found Chicago, Luke has trained hundreds of dog and loves working with them everyday.
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.