Training Staff





Janice Ronald is co-owner and the founder of Family Dog Training & Behavioral Center.  She was a veterinary technician for 24 years and has been training dogs since 1978.  Janice specializes in helping owners change unwanted behaviors into acceptable behaviors.  She certifies Professional Therapy Dogs, and works with service dogs and their partners.  She is also a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International.

Jan instructs our Service Dogs in Training, Puppy II, Canine Good Citizen and Advanced Obedience & Agility classes.

Pictured – Jan with Skipper.



Kelly Spencer CPDT-KA is co-owner of Family Dog Training & Behavioral Center.  She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, an IAABC Supporting member, a certified Evaluator for Therapy Dogs International (TDI) and AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC) and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).  In her previous life, before dogs, Kelly also obtained an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and a Bachelors Degree in Business. Kelly specializes in dogs with complicated and sometimes challenging behavioral issues.  She has been training dogs since 1998 and owns five dogs, three of which are certified Therapy Dogs, one who is a small pup learning everything (not pictured) and the other practicing at being the boss of them all!  

Kelly instructs our Basic Manners & Obedience, Reactive Dogs Tier I & II, Canine Good Citizen and Leash Work Boot Camp classes.

 Pictured – Kelly with Snidely, Dudley, Prada and Dolly.






Karla Hartlep CPDT-KA has been focused on training dogs for over 20 years.  She has a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Karla is also a CPDT-KA with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, has served on the Kansas State Governor’s Pet Animal Act Advisory Board, served on the Board of Directors for Caring Hands Humane Society, and enjoyed an 11 year career in leadership at the Kansas Humane Society. Karla is experienced working with complex problem canine behaviors.

Karla instructs our Fido Follies Class.

Pictured – Karla with Josie.



Megan Cox-Whiteside CPDT-KA

I’m a military brat who values family and friends enormously.   Being a military brat has allowed me to be very open minded and have an accepting nature, especially after living in Japan for three years.  Working at the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped helped me find Family Dog Training through one of my co-workers.  I started volunteering back in 2012 and have loved every minute of it, from all the different dogs and puppies we see to their special owners who love their companions just as much as we do.  I can not express how much I have learned over the past years from Kelly, but I definitely look forward to learning more and working with her and everyone else at Family Dog Training for many years to come.  Hopefully one day soon I to will be a Certified Professional Dog Trainer to be able to help even more.

Megan Instructs our Puppy I & II classes.


Vicki Gaspar CPDT-KA

I got involved with FDTC totally by accident! After asking to simply observe a reactive dog class I offered to help mop the floor one night, realized I was hooked and have been mopping floors ever since! I have a special soft spot for the reactive dog class as I own a reactive dog myself. Having been a student in basic, canine good citizen and reactive classes with my own dogs, I understand what it feels like to be on the other end of the leash. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and would love to become more involved in the area of Service Dog training.

Vicki currently assists in our Basic Manners classes and Co-Instructs Reactive Dog Class Tier I

Ashley Suttles CPDT-KA

Ashley stared training dogs with the Kansas Humane Society in 2010. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (CGC), and a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Ashley has seven dogs of her own, all Australian Shepherds. She has competed in Agility, Rally, Obedience, Dock Diving, and Canine Disc. She currently has two working Therapy Dogs.  Ashley is passionate about Australian Shepherds and represents the local ARPH Rescue Chapter covering both Kansas and Missouri.

Ashley will be teaching our newest class offering of Canine Frisbee Foundations

Our class assistants and volunteers

The goal is for you to be successful with the help of our amazing people!


Love for all animals but especially dogs led me to become a volunteer at the Kansas Humane Society.  At KHS I have been fortunate to have been involved with programs that taught me a lot about working with dogs.  Basic manners for the dogs and canine courage for fearful dogs.  I had the privilege of working under two great trainers in the puppy class and basic obedience.
Having a reactive dog led me to Kelly and the Family Dog Training Center.  I was very excited to become a volunteer and absolutely love to see the dogs and their 2 legged friends.  What a joy to see each family graduate from the class and leave with pride and a smile on their success.  
I am so excited and eager to learn with every different dog and person I meet.  

Devona Shoemaker



I was a cat mom for many years and in 2014 adopted an amazing dog named Walter.   I didn’t know it at adoption, but Walter was reactive to everything new to him (people, dogs, street signs, etc.).  I was lucky enough to reach out to Kelly and took several one on ones with her and then the reactive class.  We have now done over 10 classes (reactive, basic , and canine good citizen).  I love watching dogs and their people learn new things and push beyond what they thought was possible.  I learn something new every class and love sharing my experiences with others.  

Marla Canfield




My time at Family Dog Training started in April of 2017 and I have been able to help out in almost all the classes we offer. I have an Associates of Arts in Psychology from Butler Community College and am currently studying to get my certification for Professional Dog Trainer. I hope to be able to one day use my psychology degree combined with my certification to train service dogs for people with mental health disorders and veterans with PTSD. I have a golden doodle named Maggie who is currently in training to become my own service dog!

Kaley Jordan





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