Certified Dog Trainer

Vona Darnell

I have loved and raised dogs all my life! It is my passion to work with dogs as a Veterinary Technician, professional pet groomer, and professional dog trainer. I started my adventures in dog training at the age of 17, teaching my Queensland/Aussie mix Wrangler to work and herd cattle. Eventually, I moved on to obedience, flyball, and herding classes, in addition to working with a protection dog company. I also volunteered as a leader in my local 4-H chapter and taught dog obedience classes with kids, who would then participate in statewide competitions. Before becoming a trainer, I worked as a Veterinary Technician for 10 years and owned and operated Coalinga Pet Grooming. 

I have over 35 years of professional experience working with dogs. I gained my Pro Dog Trainer certification through Absolute Dogs in 2021. I am currently developing my skills through the Animal Behavior College (ABC), building on my certified ABC dog trainer certifications. I am also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator. I own and operate Zen Games Dog Training. 

In 2023, The Second Chance Canine Program was brought to PVSP, where I met Angel with Wiley’s Wish. I am the Trainer at the Second Chance Canine program at PVSP.

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