The Right Faculty. The Right Tools.

We understand that dogs are sentient beings and family members to the people who love them. We are committed to training using methods that are not only effective but that are based on science and are dog friendly.



Positive reinforcement methods that encourage and help your dog to have a voice.

Putting your dog first

We teach our students to train their dogs using science based methods that utilize positive reinforcement and dog friendly techniques.


Our qualified instructors have diverse backgrounds.

Honesty and Transparency

We are dedicated to being honest about our training methods and techniques.


We bring together the art of handling with the science of training for maximum results.

Proven Methods

Our methods are effective and have been successful in shaping successful show dogs with impressive accomplishments.


Vicki Ronchette
Vicki RonchetteCPDT, Founder & Lead Instructor
Vicki Ronchette is the founder of Show Dog Prep School and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Vicki has been working with dogs professionally for over 30 years as a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, groomer and veterinary assistant. She is the author of Positive Training for Show Dogs, From Shy to Showy and Ready? Set. SHOW! Vicki presents workshops and seminars all over the country on how training show dogs.
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Cherie Ekholm
Cherie EkholmUW-AAB, LC-SAMP, TTP1
Cherie Ekholm has been living with rescue and purebred Bichons Frisés since 1992 and showing since 2010. Cherie holds certifications in rehabilitation, performance and maintenance massage from the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage, and is a certified Tellington TTouch practitioner. Her business, Wrapped Up In Dogs, focuses on integrating behavior and bodywork to build great dog/people teams.
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Andrea Stone
Andrea StoneOwner of UCLA Dogs
Working with and training dogs since 1993 has given Andrea a wealth of hands-on knowledge that she eagerly shares with dog owners. Andrea brings to Show Dog Prep School a commitment to share her knowledge and a strong desire to strengthen a healthy bond between people and dogs. She is currently active in conformation showing, lure coursing, Rally and Canine Nose Work and is a proud member of her local and national breed clubs.
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Laura Reeves
Laura ReevesProfessional Handler
Laura is an AKC Breeder of Merit and Member of the Professional Handlers Association. Laura is a second-generation breeder, focusing on German Wirehaired Pointers under The Scotia Kennel banner. In her professional handling career, spanning nearly 25 years, Laura has finished hundreds of dogs, winning each of the seven variety groups. Specializing in low-entry breeds and challenging dogs, she has piloted multiple dogs to Best in Show, Best in Specialty Show, Group wins, National Specialty placements, #1 rankings and more.

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Allie Lowry
Allie LowryCPDT-KA
Alexandra is Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is committed to using scientifically sound, positive methods to achieve the ultimate goal of happy, well trained dogs. Alexandra is currently the Head Trainer at Cascade Kennels in Woodinville, WA and teaches Group Classes, Private Lessons, and offers other services covering a variety of topics. She regularly goes to seminars and conferences by some of the most prestigious trainers in the country to stay up to date on the latest techniques, as well as reading books and watching videos by other professionals. There is always more to learn and that information is directly passed down to you!
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Michele Pouliot
Michele Pouliot
In 1974, Michele Pouliot began her career as a licensed guide dog instructor when she joined Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), the second-largest guide dog school in the world. In addition to personally training more than 350 guide dog teams over 20 years, Michele contributed to major change in the organization by leading the adoption of clicker training in the formal training of guide dogs and in the development of puppies raised for guide dog work. Michele also developed the education program for GDB’s blind clients learning to clicker train their own guide dogs.
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Sayli Benadikar
Sayli Benadikar
Sayli entered the dog world at a time when, and through sports in which, progressive, humane and scientifically backed methods of training were the norm and she’s committed to being a +R trainer and handler. She is a Computer Engineer by profession and loves to geek out on the theory of things – animal behavior and cognition, animal training, the biology and conditioning of sport dogs, canine olfaction, nutrition, etc. She is a dedicated student at local in-person and well renowned online sport dog training schools.
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Kristen Hagler
Kristen HaglerBS (An.Phys.), RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) CVPP CCRP OACM CBW
Kristen is a California Registered Veterinary Technician since 2002 and Certified Canine Physical Rehabilitation since 2005. She is President of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians and holds a VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) since 2017 with training in canine massage, osteoarthritis case management and recognition as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. Kristen is a technician associate member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and has interests in orthotics, geriatrics, sporting, performance and service dogs and multidisciplinary pain management.
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Jenna Bullis
Jenna Bullis
Jenna Bullis is the Director of Breeding and Canine Development at Guide Dogs for the Blind, (USA). GDB is the largest guide dog school in North America and Jenna plays a critical role in making this happen by overseeing the largest breeding colony in this region — mostly Labrador Retrievers with smaller numbers of Golden Retrievers and  multi generation Golden/Lab crosses. Jenna works with other service schools around the world by sharing adult breeding stock, puppies, and genetic material, she also frequently consults with other service dog programs on breeding and early socialization topics.
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