|Meet the Trainers.
|A Colorado Dog Training Tradition
We're a Colorado Company! Front Range K9 Academy
was founded by Master Trainer, Jennifer Hime. A Colorado
native, Hime has worked with dogs professionally since
In 2006, we put in place our Dog Trainer Apprenticeship
Program. Every trainer we hire must complete a minimum
of 200 hours of training under our Head Trainers.
The program is extremely rigorous, with a 80% 'wash out'
rate. This means we train and retain only the best trainers -
those who can complete our program and show proficiency
not only in training their own dogs, but in communicating with
clients and their dogs.
|6729 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO
|Any age. Any breed. Any size. Any dog.
We work with dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes - from the
largest mastiffs to the smallest teacup chihuahuas and
Our method is unlike anything else being taught in the
Denver area. Over 70 years in the making, the method
delivers uniform, reliable, real-world results.
Want to know more? Check out our trainers'
|Margaret Vogel, BS, CCBC:
Head Trainer and Canine Behaviorist, Margaret Vogel joined our team in April 2015, and quickly rose to our
lead trainer position.
As a former Petsmart Dog Trainer, Margaret recognized that she could make a bigger difference in the lives of
dogs and their owners through the use of the methods of training used at Front Range K9 Academy.
Margaret holds a Biology Degree and has been working with animals professionally since 2005 - with projects
ranging from behavior research with bats, to volunteering and eventually working at the Toledo Zoo.
She's brought her past knowledge of animal behavior and incorporated it into our training philosophy -
improving the training process along the way.
Margaret teaches all levels of obedience training, as well as working with aggression, anxiety, and other
problem-solving issues. She shares her home and training experiences with Bohannan, her Australian
shepherd - her constant companion and the #1 demo dog at Front Range K9.
In 2016, Margaret added the title of AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator to her list of accomplishments.
|Megan Tutera, BS, ACBC:
Trainer & Animal Behaviorist, Megan Tutera joined the Front Range K9 team in October of 2016. She comes to
us with a previous background in training, and felt that our methods gave her a good balance as a trainer to help
impact the lives of families and their dogs.
Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, and spent 15 years as an animal behaviorist working with
both Marine and land Animals. She has trained animals for Sea World Ohio, The Rainforest Café, the National
Aquarium in Baltimore, and most recently Six Flags Great Adventure. Whether it was with Sea Lions or elephants,
Megan has always had a passion for training.
Her passion for working with dogs came with her first foster dog, Blitz. Blitz was a deaf Dogo without any hope for
a home, and no training. She made it her job to make him into an incredible adoptable boy and now wishes to
continue to pursue her career helping others with their companion dogs.
|Nicole Gordiyenko, BA, ACBC:
Associate Trainer, Nicole Gordiyenko also joined us in October 2016. Nicole is a lifelong dog enthusiast.
With an education in cognitive science and over four years of experience in coaching, Nicole combines her
passion for dogs with a background in cognitive and behavioral psychology to help you bridge the language
gap between you and your dog. She believes that solid communication is key in achieving the behaviors
you want, and will act as a guide and translator between you and your canine friend as you begin this
When she's not training, Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, and adventuring with her sidekick Tycho, a German
shepherd & Labrador cross. She understands the struggle of obedience and hopes to provide you with
simple every-day solutions for the every-day dog, so you can spend less time worrying about behavior
issues and more time enjoying life with your best friend!
|Jennifer Hime, BA, CCBC:
While in Pueblo, CO, owner & Master Trainer, Jennifer Hime studied under Dog Trainer Paula Mitchell of Animal World
in the fields of canine behavior and obedience training. In addition to operating Front Range K-9 Academy, she has
counseled dogs and their owners for Pet Country in Pueblo, Northwest Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO & The
Dog House, a Doggy Daycare and Boarding Kennel facility formerly located in Denver, CO.
Jennifer has worked with dogs of all breeds, sizes and temperaments. She believes in focusing on each dog/owner
relationship to tailor services that meet the needs of the individual.
Finally, Jennifer does more than train dogs for a living; she lives with dogs for her training. She shares her home with
the whippets of Horsetooth Whippets, and she bases many of the lessons she teaches in class on the lessons she's
learned from her own dogs.
Clients have travelled from as far away as Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kansas to work with this highly-recommended dog
behaviorist & trainer.
2017 - Professional Member - I.A.C.P. (International Association of Canine Professionals)
2017 - Supporting Member - canine division of the I.A.A.B.C. (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)
2014 - Member - A.P.D.T. (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
2007 - Member - canine division of the A.C.A.B.C. (Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors).
1994 - University of Southern Colorado, BA in Education.
1992 - Certification by A.C.T.S. (Accredited Canine Training Systems).
1990 - Apprenticeship under Paula Mitchell - Pueblo, CO
Additionally, Jennifer continues to further her knowledge of canine behavior through continuing education courses and