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C.C. Bourgeois,

Group Class Trainer & Behavioral Consultant
CPDT-KA, CSAT, PMCT

C.C. Bourgeois is an independently,  nationally certified, professional dog trainer, CSAT,  CSAT Staff Member with Malena DeMartini and a Victoria Stilwell Trainers Academy Faculty Advisor. The owner of Wonder Dog University (WDU), based in Charleston, South Carolina, she wants WDU to be your trusted dog behavior and training resource. 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 and Pro Resources smart dog people can trust. She wants you to know you have a team behind you, making training understandable and practical. Focused on understanding your dog's perspective and your needs, she and her team strive to deliver training that both you and your dogs 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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Christine Baker

Group Class Trainer & Behavioral Consultant
CPDT-KA, UW-AAB, SBA, FDM, LSHC-S

Christine Baker is C.C.’s right-hand woman at WDU. They were fortunate enough to cross paths through shelter and animal welfare work when Christine worked in the Behavior Department at Charleston Animal Society, a team formerly led by C.C.! Christine acts as a lead trainer under C.C., teaching clients via private consults and group classes. She helps families navigate life with their dogs, via  puppy socialization or reactivity and aggression work. 

"I love helping families to enjoy their dog again - they’re supposed to be man’s best friend, after all, not his ball & chain! There’s nothing like watching two different species learn to speak each other’s languages.”

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Jessica Lichty

Group Class Trainer & Assistant
B.S., Animal Sciences

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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Carson Seabrook

Training Assistant

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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Sara Ross

Training Assistant

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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Eva Patnoude

Training Assistant

Eva is a recent College of Charleston graduate with plans to further her animal behavior knowledge attending Veterinarian school and then continue onto specialized education in becoming a Veterinary Behaviorist. She is currently learning and working as a veterinary technician at Charleston Harbor Veterinarians clinic while she applies to vet school. Currently, she has a Dalmatian, "Rosie," her boyfriend’s Shepard mix, "Bacon (yep, "Bacon!")," and six Americana chickens at home to keep her busy.

“I’m so honored to help facilitate a healthy, fulfilling relationship between you and your pup!”

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Brandon Combs

Training Assistant

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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Mazzy Weiland

Training & Marketing Coordinator

Mazzy quickly fell in love with the relationships she created with dogs when she began working as a dog sitter and walker for fun. Not expecting her business to take off, she found herself interacting with dogs of all different breeds and personalities, exposing her to the uniqueness that each dog in Charleston. She wanted to take her dog-related career to the next level, leading her to Wonder Dog University as their Marketing Coordinator. She is excited to mesh these components of her life together and expand her ties in the local community; with both humans and dogs!

"My motto has always been ‘radiate positivity,’ and I believe this applies straight to the dog world. Dogs can sense good souls, and will allow themselves to be trained by someone seeking the best form of progress. That’s why all of our clients’ pups love the trainers at WDU! Seeing this relationship firsthand is quite beautiful." 

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“Respect the individual dog and person. Strive for progress. Provide excellence.”     Wonder Dog University