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About Us

Jake Skillett

Jake Skillett

Master trainer/owner/operator

Our master trainer, Jake Skillett, began training animals at 11 years old while volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary. As he got older he refined his trade and turned his focus to the dog world.


He first certified a bloodhound for search and rescue when he was 20 years old. He later received his master trainer certification through an internship in Indiana which expanded his training to multiple disciplines.


His experience has taken him across the globe. From training bomb dogs in Iraq for security, to protection dog training in Slovakia, and training civilian dogs for clients across the USA.

In his free time Jake enjoys spending time with his family (Shelby and daughter Kaylee), hanging out with his animals, fishing, working on projects around the house.


Shelby Skillett

Office Manager/Photograper

Shelby has a bachelor's degree in animal science from Kansas State University and has always enjoyed working with animals.

She runs the office, helps with training, manages our social media and correspondence, and offers baths and nail trims by appointments.


Additionally she offers pet photography. Call or text for a quote!


In her free time she enjoys having fun with her family (Jake and daughter Kaylee), going to the zoo, working on scrapbooks and puzzles, and hanging out with her large array of pets.


Brian Dougherty

Master Trainer

Brian began his journey with VonBernd in 2018 as an intern which concluded with him completing his master trainer certificate!

After his internship he returned to Oklahoma, but at the beginning of 2019 decided to venture back to Indiana and help Jake with training. Most weeks Brian runs lessons in the afternoon/evening and some Saturdays.

In his free time Brian enjoys hunting and fishing as well as playing video games.

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