Meet the trainers

behesha-smBEHESHA DOAN

Owner, chief trainer and a professional dog trainer in a wide variety of disciplines, Behesha has helped rehabilitate and improve the lives of companion and working dogs. She impacts the way people understand and train their dogs. Her “Whole-Dog” approach has made her a highly sought-after resource by professional dog trainers seeking to understand and rehabilitate difficult dogs.

She has served on the Senior Advisory Team of the International Association of Canine Professionals. She and her staff have conducted training seminars throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Recognized for her dog behavior insight, Behesha has written many articles on the subject of dog training. She modifies perceptions of dog behavior and helps people adjust their training styles to bring greater understanding and freedom from conflict in the dog/handler relationship. Behesha coaches professional dog trainers, conducts international training seminars, provides one-on-one training for students in Extreme K-9’s Trainers Academies, and works with individuals seeking to improve the behavior and relationship with their own dogs.

Behesha is a gifted public speaker and published author on the subjects of dog behavior, communication and training.

  • Certified Dog Trainer – International Association of Canine Professionals
  • Member: International Association of Canine Professionals, #1278
  • Member of the ‘Senior Advisory Team’ of trainers – International Association of Canine Professionals
  • American Kennel Club CGC Evaluator
  • Approved Instructor – Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board in:
  • Law Enforcement Narcotic Detection K-9 Certification
  • Remote Collar Training for K-9 Reliability
  • Police K-9 Unit Tactical Operations
  • Licensed by State of Illinois – Narcotics Detection Dog Certifier
  • Patrol Dog Handler – Energy Police Department, Energy, Illinois
  • Certified:
    • Basic & Advanced Trainers Course, Michael Ellis School of Dog Training, San Francisco, CA
    • Narcotic Detector Dog Trainer, Alpha K-9 Training Center Trainers Course, Jackson, Mississippi
    • Narcotic/Explosive Detector Dog Trainer, Vohne Liche Kennels Certified Trainers Courses (twice), Denver, IN
    • Mantrailing K-9 Trainer, Salem, IL
    • Remote Collar Trainer, Honors Graduate, Las Vegas, NV
  • Featured Trainer on Tri-Tronics Instructional DVD included with all Tri-Tronics G2 collars sold world wide


For years, Tally was dedicated to rescue and had always been interested in dog training and behavior and wanted to further her knowledge. She joined our training team in 2014. Her favorite breed to work is the bullies – she loves their big heads, confidence, affection and need to please.

Tally is always striving to learn more about dog behavior and problem solving. Her passion for dog training is in helping dogs with extreme fear, anxiety and/or aggression become clear-headed and helping those dogs truly transform into members of the family. She says, “The transformation of those dogs and watching them go through the process is truly remarkable!”

miranda-smMIRANDA HORN

Miranda joined us in 2014. She graduated from SIU Carbondale with a bachelors of science in information management systems.

While she trained dogs as a hobby in the past, she joined our team to advance her skills and train dogs professionally. She particularly enjoys training the retrieve and working with dogs’ genetic drives and tendencies. Her favorite breeds to train are german shepherds, belgian malinois, bully breeds and all varieties of terriers. Miranda loves to teach owners about dog behavior and how to effectively communicate with their dog so that they can have a successful, harmonious relationship with them.

ashley-smASHLEY LAWS

Ashley began her internship in 2016. Prior to joining our team, she served 9 years in the Army National Guard, including one year overseas for OIF/OEF. She graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2012 with a bachelor degree in psychology and a master’s in therapeutic recreation. Ashley brings a strong love for dogs and her spunky two year old has recently taught her much patience.

Ashley worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years and is extremely excited for this new career path. She looks forward to building the skills and knowledge to provide the much needed services.


Susan graduated from our Dog Behavioral Psychology and Remote Collar Trainers academy courses. She has owned and competed with many dogs including in competitive obedience and rally. She also performed therapy work with her german shepherd, Rogan. Susan is a graduate of Michael Ellis’ school for dog trainers. Extremely well-spoken, professional and capable of conveying training skills to others, she serves clients in central Illinois. Susan is a CGC evaluator with the American Kennel Club.


Hanna earned her bachelor in political science and a master’s in public administration at SIU Carbondale.  “An interview with Behesha and one of the best decisions of my life came with the acceptance of a job to become a dog trainer.  For the last ten years, I have been mindfully working to empathize with and better the world I live in. Working with dogs has been the epitome of my search,” Hannah said.

Learning to consciously cooperate with, and to better feel and understand the perspective of her own dog, Kinga, has been rewarding. “She is an intelligent sight and sound sensitive dog with a good dose of energy, strength and drive. Channeling those traits to keep her engaged mentally and physically is a daily task.”

She has owned dogs of a variety of breeds over the years and working at a vet’s office gave her further insight into dog behavior. “Along with keeping myself kind enough and open enough to listen when a creature of this world is talking to me, I hope to progress as a trainer by studying, testing and becoming CCPDT certified this spring and further Kinga’s agility and nose work skills.”


Lauren joined the training team in 2014. She earned her degree in rehabilitation services from SIU Carbondale. The focus of her degree was with people, but little did she know she would go on to help rehabilitate dogs. She has found her passion working with dogs that do not have a voice, especially dogs that have fear-based aggression. Lauren says, “Giving these dogs confidence and a new found skill set reaffirms that I am doing my life’s work. Furthermore, I enjoy helping clients bring clarity to their relationship with their four-legged companion.”

She herself enjoys expanding her knowledge and joined the International Association of Canine Professionals. She plans to attend their conferences and workshops to learn more about dog training and dog psychology. Lauren says, “It is hard to put into words how much I have learned in just two and half years working at Extreme K-9. The knowledge I have gained from the training director and members on the team I am a part of, have been invaluable to me.”