Our Team

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Britta Wilson

Services Offered: Animal training for all species

  • Bachelor of Arts-Psychology, Minor-Biology, Emphasis-Animal Behavior-California State University, Long Beach

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed-Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA)

  • Certified Training Partner-Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPACTP)

  • Certified Puppy Start Right Instructor-Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior

  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured

Britta is an 8th generation San Diegan and a descendant of the historical Osuna family of Rancho Santa Fe.  She grew up on the beach in the North County coastal area between Del Mar and Leucadia and has been a lover of animals and an advocate of animals since she was child.  Her mother nurtured her love for animals and taught her to treat animals with love, kindness and respect.  She grew up with many animals, including, birds, rabbits, mice, cats and dogs…and would ride horses whenever she got the chance. 

She began her professional career working in the animal field in the mid 1980’s volunteering for The Orangutan Foundation in Los Angeles, California and as a veterinary assistant at Sun Surf Animal Hospital in Sunset Beach, California.  In 1993 she graduated from California State University, Long Beach and accepted a position as a keeper at the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park where she cared for a menagerie of animals, including, but not limited to, mountain lions, colobus monkeys, ring tailed lemurs, white-handed gibbons and farm animals.

In 1995 she accepted a position working for the Zoological Society of San Diego’s Education Department as an educator/guide at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido. Her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, leading “behind the scenes” tours, educating guests about wildlife and the environment, presenting animals to the guests, working as a back-up lead trainer for Wildlife Education, driving photo caravan trucks, and working as a media spokesperson on the local news. In 2001 she accepted her “dream job” working as an animal trainer for the San Diego Zoo’s Animal Behavior Management and Husbandry Department. Her primary responsibility was to provide enrichment for all the zoo’s animals, including, but not limited to, elephants, hippopotamus, bears, gorillas, orangutans. tigers, lions and giraffe. In 2003 she was transferred to the shows division and worked at the “Hunte Amphitheater of Animal Behavior,” where she trained, handled and cared for over 25 exotic animals, and performed in shows attended by 1000’s of guests a year. Some of the animals she worked with were a cheetah, an arctic wolf, red tailed hawks, binturongs, a red river hog, clouded leopards, an emu, servals, a kookaburra, pacaranas, a reindeer, a badger and golden retrievers.

In 2008 she left the zoo field and began working in the animal rescue and shelter field. She worked as an adoption counselor for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, and as an elephant caregiver at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, one of only three reputable elephant sanctuaries in the United States.

In 2012 she launched her own business, Britta’s Animal Training and Pet Services, offering her expertise in the animal field to pet parents in San Diego.  She also trained shelter volunteers at Rancho Coastal Humane Society and for the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services in handling and positive reinforcement training techniques of dogs.  

In 2015 she developed a program called “Junior Animal Trainer” teaching children how to train animals using positive reinforcement and clicker training. The program was offered at Mira Costa “College for Kids.”

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Brent Cady

Services offered: Dog Training, Dog Walking and Animal Care

  • Bachelor of Arts-Cinematic Arts, Azuza Pacific University

  • Certified Training Partner-Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPACTP)

  • Bonded and Insured

Brent loves helping pet parents learn how to be keen observers of dog behavior, socialize their puppy’s effectively to avoid future behavior issues and teach the fundamentals of learning new behaviors in a fun, force-free way.  His primary interests are early puppy socialization and building confidence in dogs.  He approaches dog training with the desire to help meet each dog’s needs using compassionate, effective and fun training methodology and equipment.  He is also working towards a Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification which allows trainers to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care.  

He feels proud to work with some of the top professionals in the dog training industry to help grow and expand his dog behavior knowledge and feels lucky to live with two labs, Jersey and Daisy, who have transitioned from service dog work to being a pet and a therapy dog. Some of the behaviors he has taught his dogs are, opening and closing doors with a rope, turning lights on and off, locating and retrieving specific items like keys, leashes, medical equipment, and balls, picking up dropped objects from the ground and deep pressure therapy (a technique used lower cortisol and heart rates in humans). 

In addition to a certification in dog training, Brent also holds a degree in Cinematic Arts so you can be sure you will receive fun and goofy photos of your dog when he is working with them.    

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Jennifer Kachala

Services offered: Dog Walking and Animal Care

  • Bachelor of Science, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Associate of Science in Exotic Animal Training & Management, Moorpark College

  • Bonded and Insured

Jennifer was born in Connecticut and began her career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University.  Although she thought her path was destined for work in the health field, her overriding love of animals took over and she decided to change careers and work in the animal field.  She made the big move to California where she enrolled in Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program and graduated in 2019.

Jennifer has travelled to South Africa for a cheetah breeding program, attended the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference in Oregon and is currently a dedicated intern at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for the Wildlife Workshop.

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Jan Miley

Services offered: Dog Walking and Animal Care

  • Graduate of Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer program

  • Graduate of Karen Pryor Academy Shelter Training and Enrichment program

  • Completed pet first aid, CPR, safety and health course through Pet First Aid 4 U

Jan has been a professional animal caretaker and dog walker for over 10 years.  She has worked with a variety of species and provides quality, professional animal care to your pets. 

She has been a volunteer at Rancho Coastal Humane Society since 2010 and has completed the highest level of dog handler training there.

She is dedicated to continuing education and attends workshops and lectures on the latest developments in animal science, behavior, and training.