Laura Yurchak, CPDT-KA, CNWI

My husband and I took our dogs training classes years ago. I wasn’t happy with some of the techniques used. I was determined to find a training technique that didn’t jerk my dogs around and cause

unpleasantness in our relationship. I found what I was looking for in Chris Bach’s The Third Way©.

I worked at Snap-on Tools for 25 years. During that time I took on part time work at Wolf Animal Hospital for three years. In 1996 I left Wolf Animal Hospital, graduated from grooming school, and started Loving Paws Dog Grooming.  I also completed the Pet Care Technician Program offered by the ABKA, obtained my CPR for dogs award and began my dog training career.  I left my corporate job and closed Loving Paws Dog Grooming in 2004 & started Loving Paws LLC dog training and behavior consulting.

Dogs, cats, and other animals where always part of our family. I had almost 16 years with my Border Collie,Tasha and Cattle Dog  mix, Terra (pictured to the right). Both of my girls taught me so much about dog behavior. They are both gone now  including Joey my cat and I cherish everyday I had with them. My Harley boy (BC mix pictured above) was my doggie soul mate. He taught me many things and was my partner in Agility and K9 Nose Work.  I miss his dearly. Today, my husband George and I are blessed to live with Lucy my other Border Collie,  (pictured above), Zeke our Beagle Lab mix.  Harley and Lucy competed in NADAC agility trials and K9 Nose Work trials. We enjoy Treibball, hikes, frisbee, play time and just spending time together.  I am a Master Third Way trainer, Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the APDT, a Certified Nose Work instructor and Certifying Official through the NACSW. My goal is to teach people about dogs and how to use dog friendly training techniques to help build a magical relationship between the family and their dog.

Jennifer Lueck, CTDI

Jennifer Lueck first became involved with Loving Paws in early 2004 when her dog, Casey, was a puppy. After Casey graduated from her classes, Jennifer began auditing classes to learn to become a trainer herself.

Jennifer has been teaching classes since July 2006. She has attended numerous seminars and workshops on training, behavior and canine health and nutrition.  She has been leading the Loving Paws Hiking Club since July 2008 and earned her certification as a Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog in March 2018.  She currently teaches Training Games and Tricks I and II.

Jennifer shares her life with two wonderful dogs.  Casey the purebred mutt is a retired frisbee nut, the original Karate Canine, the founding mem

ber of the Hiking Club and Jennifer’s soul dog.  Her other dog is Branson, an Australian Border Chow Pit who, in addition to CGCU, has earned the title Trick Dog Expert through Do More With Your Dog.


Jennifer Schretter

Jennifer Schretter first became involved with Loving Paws in 2014 with her dogs Finley and Bear.  Once she had gone through all the classes herself, Jennifer found a true love for working with dogs, their people, and began auditing classes to become a trainer herself.   She has attended many seminars and workshops on canine behavior, training, and nutrition and continues to pursue all available avenues for learning.

Jennifer also continues to work with her dogs.  She is training Finley in agility and hopes to compete in the near future.  Bear has passed all three Nosework Oder Recognition Tests, has Titled in Nosework level 1 and continues to compete.  With both CGC and CGCA titles Finley, Bear, and Jennifer are always looking for new things to learn, compete, and most importantly have fun with.

Jennifer Lives in Racine with her husband and their two dogs, four-year-old Boxer Finley-Lou and two-year-old Black Lab Bear.  Five feisty cats rule the house, Spaghetti, Meatball, Honey-Bunny, Tinkerbell, and Lokelani-Tiombe.  She also has a Hedgehog named Sonic and regularly rides as well as trains two family horses, Mindy and Belle.


Melissa Peterson-Ney

Melissa Peterson-Ney became involved with Loving Paws LLC back in 2013 when she started taking nose work classes with her dachshund, Mocha, They achieved their NW1 in 2016. She continues training to achieve higher titles in the future. She has also gone through the puppy training classes with her at-coated retriever puppy, Pete, and has loved watching him and other puppies learn.

Melissa’s love for dog training began when she was 13 with the Kenosha 4-H Dog Project and she has continued with the program as a trainer. She has 20 years of experience in training youth to train their dogs in obedience, agility and rally. She has earned CGCs on 5 of her dogs and has a CD title on one of her dogs. Herding breads, sporting breeds and hounds have been part of her fuzzy family.

She believes that you can never know too much about your fuzzy friends. She has taken multiple classes on dog nutri- tion, obedience, rally obedience and agility. She has joined the Loving Paws team, working with the puppy classes and can’t wait to meet your pups.

Melissa lives with her spouse and their 5 dogs. Dachshunds: Mocha, Abby and Stewart; German Shorthair, Norton and Flat-Coat Retriever, Pete


Patti Morelli

My name is Patti Morelli.  I was introduced to Loving Paws as a student with my labrador retriever, Jackson in nose work about three years ago. I enjoyed working with Laura and started observing some of her classes. I love Laura’s philosophy for dog training and the personalization she has with her students.  When Laura asked me to work as an instructor for her I didn’t hesitate.

I have been teaching puppy classes for fifteen years.  I enjoy helping teach clients how to train their dogs.  I teach basic skills but also feel it is important to introduce puppies to many new experiences.  Puppies are my favorite to teach because they are so curious and fun to work with.  I also teach basic manners to older dogs.

I have continued to take classes on dog training and have attended multiple seminars on dog behavior.  I love learning and taking classes has helped me help my students.  I am a AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator and certified Fear Free professional.

I have been married for 38 years to my wonderful husband, Jon and I have a daughter, Danielle and son, Mitchell.  I also have two grandchildren, Amari and Ariyah.

I have worked in the veterinary field as a receptionist and veterinary assistant for 25 years,

Besides my husband I live with our Black Labrador – Jackson, our rescue “All American” – Mikey and our Border Collie – Smooch.  We also have a cat named Dwayne.

In my free time I enjoy doing obedience, agility and nose work with my dogs.  I also enjoy reading, gardening and work on our house.