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The original “Uncommon Canine” - Pine Hills Harry Webber, 1993-2008

Joella has been training dogs for over 25 years, is endorsed by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and is "THE" Certified Pet Dog Trainer in the Poway area.

Joella has participated in various dog-related activities such as Agility, Rally, Breed Conformation, Obedience,  Herding, Flyball and is a member in good standing with several local and national dog breed clubs and associations.

She shares her home with Dunkin’, an Australian Shepherd, Cricket, a mixed breed dog and two cats.

Joella Cunnington, CPDT-KA

Cristina Maxwell

Lisa Riddle

Cris has been training and competing off and on for over 20 years with her own dogs and training others for over 15 years. Cris trains and competes in Breed Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Flyball, Sheep Herding and Schutzhund. Cris has also trained and competed with her dogs in carting, personal protection, tracking and therapy dog work.

She shares her home with two Doberman Pinschers and a Beauceron. Cris is an active member of many local and national dog breed clubs.

Lisa has always loved animals, especially dogs. Growing up in San Diego, her family would visit the Zoo several times a year. Lisa’s dream was to be an animal trainer when she “grew up”. She feels very blessed that her childhood dream has come true.

Lisa received most of her knowledge and hands-on exper-ience in dog behavior from books, working for 5 years at The Animal Keeper boarding facility and, of course, working with Joella. But, she never stops looking for ways to broaden her horizons with new information and experiences in dog behavior. Lisa has been training with The Uncommon Canine for around 4 years.

In 2008, Lisa started Loving Arms Pet Care, a dog-walking and pet-sitting business. She enjoys the one-on-one relationships she has with her clients and their pets. Although the nature of her business prevents Lisa from having any pets of her own, she always gets her daily “dog fix”.

…Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…  I loved you so – ‘twas Heaven here with you.

About Us President & Director of Training Trainer Trainer About Our Logo

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The Uncommon Canine is dedicated to promoting thoughtful and caring relationships between dogs and their owners.

Using reward-based training we strive to build confidence and understanding and to help dog owners be the leader their dog needs them to be.

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