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. Today, my husband George and I are blessed to live with Harley my Border Collie mix, Lucy my other Border Collie,  (pictured above), Zeke our Beagle Lab mix.  Harley and Lucy compete in NADAC agility trials and K9 Nose Work trials. We enjoy Treibball, hikes, frisbee, play time and just spending time together.  I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the APDT and a Certified Nose Work instructor through the NACSW and a Master Third Way trainer. 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.

Stephanie Challand, CNWI

Stephanie first came to Loving Paws as a client in April 2009 not long after adopting her third dog, Lance. After attending multiple classes with all three of her dogs, she realized her passion for working with dogs and learning about dog behavior. She began auditing classes in September 2009 and started instructing classes in 2010. She has also attended many seminars on dog behavior, training and health & nutrition.

In July 2010, Stephanie attended her first Nose Work seminar and was hooked. She became a CNWI in April 2012. She continues to attend seminars, volunteer at Nose Work trials & events and walks dogs. Besides helping with classes and events, Stephanie also competes in nose work trials with her dogs Logan, Lance (no longer with us) and Leena.


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.


Amy Wence

Amy Wence came to Loving Paws in January 2007 when she began bringing her puppy, Ella to training classes. She continued to take both of her dogs through many classes and began auditing in 2008. She has contributed articles to the Loving Paws Newsletter and helped with classes until 2011 when her daughter was born.

She has attended various seminars and workshops on training, behavior, canine nutrition and health, including pet first aid. She has a five-year old daughter and two dogs, Ella and Comiskey, both 10 years old. She has done a lot of research on how to effectively manage a household with kids and dogs. Her dogs were 5 years old when her daughter was born and had very limited exposure to children and even less to babies. She knows what it takes to successfully raise dogs and kids together in harmony and is happy to share the knowledge she has gained from both her experience and extensive research in this field. Amy is heading up a new Babies and Dogs program for Loving Paws.


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


Joanne Foster

Joanne Foster first came to Loving Paws in 2009 with her yellow lab,Wrigley, by participating in reactive dog classes.

Later,Cider, a Golden Retriever puppy, started at Loving Paws with multiple manners classes and CGC class.. Joanne soon became interested in Canine Nose work and attended multiple classes with Cider in 2011.She began auditing classes in 2012.

Joanne has attended numerous seminars and workshops in K9 Nose work,health and behavior. She volunteers for the various functions of the sport,and enjoys seeing the bond between owner and dog become enhanced through having fun together.

She lives in Illinois with her husband and Cider.