Group Class Trainer & Behavioral Consultant
CPDT-KA, CSAT, PMCT
C.C. Bourgeois is an independently, nationally certified, professional dog trainer and a Victoria Stilwell Trainers Academy Faculty Advisor. The owner of Wonder Dog University (WDU), based in Charleston, South Carolina, she and her team proudly use only Modern Dog Training Methods. She wants WDU to be your trusted place for dog behavior and training Pro Resources that smart dog people can trust. Through her many years of animal behavior study and hands-on work with thousands of dogs she and her team have created a place where you can find reliable information. You have a team behind you, making training understandable and practical. They focus on understanding your dog's perspective and your needs and strive to deliver training that both of you can grasp and use instantly.
"I love to nurture relationships and build communication between dogs and people. I still get so excited whenever they have breakthrough moments!"
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Jessica has a passion for teaching AND animals and is so excited to meld the two as WDU's American Kennel Club group classes trainer. She also enjoys assisting in classes. Jessica has over 10 years of teaching experience from preschool to special education and is currently a Special Education teacher in the Charleston area. She also previously worked extensively with the Humane Education department at Charleston Animal Society with her assistant (seen here), Enzo.
"Training your dog takes time and dedication but results in the best bond and highest level of trust! It’s a lifelong commitment that builds and solidified relationships like no other activity."
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Ever since Sara was five, in her kindergarten graduation, she said she wanted to be a veterinarian, She loved animals so much! As she went through school, a veterinary technician was a better fit for her and she now works with Charleston Harbor Veterinarians clinic. Sara has three Labradors, and the trifecta at that! All the colors; black, yellow and chocolate (River, Marsh & Buddy)! And we can’t forget about her chinchilla, Sailor!
"Not only do I love working with animals, but I also love watching them grow and learn new things!"
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Carson has worked with dogs in the animal care industry for 7 years. At WDU, she assists in group training classes. Starting at doggie daycares she quickly learned that working with dogs was her passion. When not with her sidekick, "Cleo," she works on the Behavior Team at Charleston Animal Society helping provide enrichment, assessments, and doggie play time for shelter dogs.
"I love helping people understand how to better communicate with their dogs. Watching the trust and bond that grows through positive reinforcement training is always so special!”
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Melissa grew up loving dogs, cats, and fish, and has been working professionally with animals for over two decades. Her first job after college was working at a science museum where she trained rats to play "basketball," along with presenting a variety of other science programs. She also worked at an aquarium, where she was able to provide care and enrichment for species ranging from birds to amphibians. She's excited to pair her love of animals and science to help dogs and their people have the most fulfilling relationships possible.
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Brandon has loved all animals since he was a kid. His hero was Steve Irwin and he'd run into the house after school to catch his favorite Animal Planet shows on time. He never had a dog to call his own growing up, but, after graduating college, jumped at an opportunity to raise a little Goldendoodle, "Rae." He loves the connection dogs bring into the world. He believes training dogs isn't just a way to have a well behaved partner, but a path to connect in a special way with everyone around you.
"Dog's have an emotional intelligence of which we've only scratched the surface. Watching them grow and learn how to please the people around them is so special. That is inside the heart of every dog. It's just a matter of teaching them how to communicate it to humans."
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Marielle grew up with dogs and has always been an animal lover. She loves working from home with her rescue cat, Harley, and rescue pup, Maggie. Maggie is part of Marielle's "why," to make sure she doesn't give up on her new work-from-home career. Maggie is a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix and loves going on walks everyday. Marielle lives in the Buffalo, NY area and loves handling all the behind the scenes action for the team at Wonder Dog University. She loves working for Wonder Dog University and helping dog people find the proper training to suit their dog's needs.
"Dogs have always had a special place in my heart!"
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