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Meet Dog Training Elite Denver's Trainers in Denver, Lakewood, Centennial, and Westminster

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at Dog Training Elite Denver!


Bert Ballard

Bert Ballard

Owner & Executive Director

Experience:

A former professor of communication at Pepperdine University, Bert has shifted his expertise to improving relationships and communication between dogs and their handlers. After nearly a decade and a half of living in Canada, California, and China, he is glad to be home in Colorado, where he was raised and graduated from Colorado State University with his B.S. from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Bert grew up around a lot of different kinds of dogs, and his family has owned and raised many dogs over the years. In addition to expertise in communication (widely published on many different topics), Bert brings entrepreneurial and business management experience. You will always find him with his small (only 70 lbs!) Bernedoodle, Binh An, next to him as they work together. When not helping with the family business of Dog Training, you'll find him biking, hiking, camping, or trying to get some rest!

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Sarah Ballard

Sarah Ballard

Owner & Marketing/Community Relations Director

Experience:

A former professor of communication at Pepperdine University, Sarah is pursuing a new passion! Especially passionate about the service dog programs we offer, she has seen firsthand how the bond between dogs and people can help someone live more fully, especially with a well-trained service dog.

In addition to bringing communication and counseling expertise and having dogs around her all of her life, Sarah grew up managing her family's business in Estes Park, Colorado. A true Colorado native, she is glad to be home among the mountains and fresh air!

Sarah earned a B.S. from Colorado State University, and M.A. in counseling from Denver Seminary. Her companion, a Border Collie-Doodle ("bordoodle"), Oso, is a huge cuddler and he will always be there when someone needs a hug. Like Sarah, Oso is outgoing, positive, and enjoys bringing a smile to everyone's face!

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Adria Ballard

Adria Ballard

Owner & Training Director

Experience:

Graduating from high school early, yet still encountering significant health challenges, Adria acquired a service dog that has changed her world and allowed her to maintain her functioning and keep moving forward. Her service dog, a Border Collie-Doodle ("bordoodle") named SnickerDoodle, provides seizure alerts in addition to keeping the other dogs in line!

Although Adria has lived in a lot of places (Canada, China, California), she was born in Colorado and is glad to return (living only one block from her childhood home!). Adria brings not only instant rapport and love for our four-legged friends, but also first-hand experience of how dogs change lives. The whole family credits SnickerDoodle for being the one to start the idea of training dogs. Both SnickerDoodle and Adria are excited for the opportunity to help other people get their lives back, reduce their stress, and experience the healing power of dogs as companions, service animals, and family members.

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