Meet the Baltimore Dog Trainers
George Leonard – Baltimore Dog Trainer
George Leonard grew up training household dogs and attempting to befriend neighborhood animals. George was lovingly nicknamed “Manger Danger” by the family. While George is still not sure what that nickname means, this connection to animals was long predicted to lead to a career with animals. Determined to go against the grain, George studied Philosophy, Classical Languages and Gender Studies and Film/Media Studies while attending George Mason University.
Still, George was always surrounded by dogs in daycares, dog walking, petsitting, and fostering animals for 7 years in Washington DC. After years of seeing well-intending dog owners deal with similar behavioral issues, George decided it was time get more educated on dog behavior. George eventually attended Starmark Academy and completed their 12 week program, after that George ran Ruff and Ready Canine for 2 years. George is thrilled to be teaming up with the Bmore-Monument Dog Training team in order to gain more experience and help as many dogs and owners as possible! George believes it is important to stay up to date in all methods and approaches to bring the best results to pet owners in the area.
As a dog trainer and behavioral specialist George experiences the benefits of balanced and results-based training. George credits dogs, Azula and Porgy for teaching some truly life changing lessons in the area of communication and relationship building.
When not working with dogs, George loves video games, anime, studying languages, and cooking.
Song Lopez-Krist – Baltimore Dog Trainer
From as far back as she can remember Song has had a passion for dogs and helping people.
Growing up she was surrounded by either her grandfather’s show dogs or her own, as pets. Song loved watching The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year with her family and finally got the chance to see it in person. Her dream had always been to somehow turn her love of dogs into her occupation.
Song enlisted in the Navy shortly after high school. She spent eight years on active duty and two in the Navy Reserve as a Military Police. During that time, she trained closely with the Kennel Master and the K9 squad. She immediately fell in love with the structure, discipline and professionalism she experienced working with the dogs and their trainers.
After leaving the service to raise a family. Song has owned and operated her own successful service business for over 13 years.
As luck would have it, she was introduced the person that would change her professional path and lead her to her dream job as a dog trainer. A close friend introduced her to John Van Olden. The owner and founder of Canine Trade Group. A former MP himself, Song was impressed with his unique approach of dog training. His vast knowledge, passion and business model immediately resonated with her, and that was it. She quickly decided after talking with John is was time to take the plunge.
Song completed the rigorous training program with Canine Trade Group and spent countless hours with her teacher and mentor Beth Aldrich of Monument Dog Training.
With Song’s former military training, business experience, exceptional training, support and passion for dogs she is the perfect trainer for your needs. Song looks forward to meeting new dogs and their owners and providing them with custom training & skills they need to create the desired successful outcome. Its Song’s goal to give her clients a happy, healthy and well-behaved dog.
Song resides in Maryland with her husband, children and her 4-year-old Saint Bernard Maggie.
Beth Aldrich – Owner/Head D.C. Trainer
As with most canine professionals, Beth Aldrich loves dogs. Her goal is to give each and every owner the tools and strategies to create a strong and rewarding bond with their dog. Beth has spent almost 8 years in the canine industry of the DC metropolitan area, working as a dog walker, a dog caretaker in a group facility, and a manager of several doggie daycares.
Beth has also donated her time fostering and rehabilitating countless fosters from many local rescues, to include Washington Humane Society, Rural Dog Rescue and LuckY Dog Animal Rescue. Through all these positions, Beth has earned hands-on experience with many different breeds, temperaments, and behavior issues.
Beth reached out to Canine Trade Group because after years of dealing with well-meaning pet owners and their dogs, she noticed a lot of miscommunications between owner and dog. These miscommunications ended up with the dog being labeled as dangerous or unpredictable and sometimes sadly in euthanasia. Beth decided that Canine Trade Group would be the best place to learn how to clear the channels between owner and dog; she was later accepted into the rigorous dog trainer course and completed her study and practicum.
Now a certified dog trainer and behavior specialist, Beth works to alleviate these miscommunications with science-based training methods that give people the knowledge, confidence and information to stabilize communication with their dogs. Beth serves the DC metro area and more, and she cannot wait to meet and help you and your pup!
Bethany Bennett –Washington D.C. Dog Trainer
Bethany Bennett has always found a way to surround herself with animals, despite growing up with any of her own. She was always interested in learning what makes them do what they do. Fresh out of school, she was looking for a clear career path and stumbled upon a job opportunity working as a dog handler at a doggy daycare in DC. After landing the job pretty quickly at the doggy daycare, she was greeted by a black Labrador retriever on her first day. The lab pushed a ball under the gate and waited patiently until Bethany threw the ball and the lab retrieved it. This went on for about 2 hours, then it was nap time; it was love at first sight. It was soon after that, Bethany knew she wanted to work with dogs.
After a decade and a half of dog daycare experience, volunteering at the PG Animal Shelter, and working with rescues like Rural Dog Rescue and Homeward Trails Rescue that Bethany saw the bond between owner and dog struggle due to owners failing to efficiently “speak dog”. It’s impossible to speak dog, but we can communicate with them in a way they understand! Bethany knows proper communication is possible and necessary to help owners co-habitate with their canine companions. Somewhere along the road, Bethany met Beth in the canine professional world and was blown away by Beth’s effectiveness in the training field by using a balanced, reward based based methodology. Bethany has been certified by Canine Trade Group and has been mentored by Beth as well. Bethany hopes to help you find that miscommunication gap between you and your dog and help build a stronger foundation together!