Meet our Oakland Dog Trainers & the Founder of The Dog Squad
Lisa McFadin – Head Trainer
Lisa McFadin is proud to serve the East Bay Area, from Richmond to Newark, and also including Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda. Appointments outside this targeted area are also available!
As a young girl in Colorado, Lisa started rehabilitating neighborhood dogs and had always dreamed of being a veterinarian. Life took her a different direction, and she studied and practiced architecture in the corporate world for 20 years. She also worked in Haiti after the EQ for 3.5 years, assisting with rebuilding efforts and job creation. Part of her efforts included caring for displaced dogs. In LA and Oakland, she started working for Saving K9 Lives, as their senior hospice rescue director for 6 years. She fosters and rehabilitates, but mostly loves these senior dogs in the last chapter of their lives. In addition, she owns Duvin, a wine bar most recently voted, Oakland’s Best Dog Bar. Her CBD line, Mend. CBD. Love. carries CBD oils for dogs and humans. And last but not least, she is mother to four amazing children.
To acquire the necessary skills to be the best reward-based dog trainer, Lisa enrolled in John Van Olden’s rigorous dog trainer course. John Van Olden’s school, Canine Trade Group, allowed Lisa to study canine psychology and also immediately work with troubled dogs from local rescues so that would become vetted and more adoptable. She learned hands-on how to utilize the quadrants of operant conditioning, and how to guide owners on setting their dogs up for reward and behavioral success. Canine Trade Group also gives Lisa unending training resources that keep her updated on all the latest reports, case studies, and effective methods on reward-based dog training. Upon her graduation at Canine Trade Group, Lisa came back home fully-equipped as a professional dog trainer and is now ready to help dogs in the Oakland/San Francisco areas!
Whether it’s behavioral modification, basic obedience and commands, puppy training, aggression rehabilitation, or even baby/dog training for expecting parents, Lisa will work with you until you achieve your goals. She believes proactivity beats reactivity, and she is ready to commit to you and your dog!
Ash Turney – Head Trainer
Ash is a paleontology-loving Oakland native who has been working closely with dogs for the last decade. After spending some time in Australia working as a trained chef, she moved to the Bay Area and switched gears to reflect her lifelong love of dogs. She’s gained hands-on experience in dog daycares, and she even spent a year walking dogs off-leash in the woods. That definitely takes some natural dog-handling talent!
As a child, Ash was never allowed to have dogs of her own, so she spent her teenage years pet sitting and pitching in at shelters and adoption events. Now, Ash is mom to two sweet pit bulls and has been raising her own dogs for years. You certainly don’t have to worry about any pit bull/breed aversion from Ash!
Dog behavior has always been an interest of Ash’s, so it was only natural that she took the next step in her career by becoming a dog trainer. Ash chose Canine Trade Group’s intensive certification course because she knew it would give her the tools she needed to handle any canine behavior problem that came her way! Ash is especially interested in dog behavior and in bettering the relationship between dogs and their humans. In the future, Ash plans to specialize in therapy dogs and aggression cases.
If you’re looking for someone who is worldly, experienced, and passionate about dog training, you can’t go wrong with Ash! She currently serves the Bay Area, including Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, San Leandro, and San Francisco. She wants to work with you, so shoot her a line!
Steve Bettcher – The Dog Squad Founder
Steve is retired and no longer trains dogs.
Oakland based dog and puppy trainer Steve Bettcher is a Certified Dog Trainer from IACP and has been helping East Bay Area dog owners train their puppies and dogs for over 20 years. Steve has worked with all types of dogs and puppy/dog training problems. No dog or puppy obedience problem is too difficult or challenging for him to handle. Over 45 Veterinarians from the Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and Contra Costa County have recommended the Dog Squad as their Bay Area Dog Trainer of choice.
What makes a good dog trainer? Steve, a native of Oakland, has had animals all his life and enjoys the special bond that training a dog creates. He is knowledgeable about how dogs and puppies learn and about how they communicate. Steve is proficient in using various dog training methodologies.
He believes that the real key to his success is in human communication… in teaching dog owners to understand their pets and learn the proper skills that make dog ownership so enjoyable. What would the world be like without the a dog’s grace, loyalty and dignity? Dog and puppy training are more than a job to Steve Bettcher. He is committed to making each dog’s life a better one and to helping each owner enjoy the responsibility of dog ownership to its fullest.
Steve Bettcher, IACP CDT: Professional Bay Area Dog Trainer
Steve, born in Oakland and raised in the East Bay, has over 20 years of Bay Area Dog Trainer experience in both obedience and agility. He is a Certified Dog Trainer by IACP. Two of his own dogs have won three National Agility Championships and were awarded The NADAC Agility Trail Championship.
- Steve has both a BA degree in Psychology and a MS in Counseling
- As a college student he worked as a Seal Trainer for Stanford Research
- Volunteered at the Oakland Animal Shelter helping with adoptions and training of dogs
- Certified Dog Trainer by the International Association of Canine Professionals
- Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
- Certified “No Limitations” Remote Collar Specialist
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- Completed Andrew Ramsey’s Nosework Train The Trainers Course I & II
- Expert Witness for Dog Cases
- Steve had his first dog at the age of four and his dream as a five year old was to become a “Zoo Keeper.”