Rob Masters | Owner & LEad Trainer
Rob's dog training journey began in the same way as that of so many others: In 2011, he adopted a dog that turned out to be dog aggressive. Having had a positive relationship since high school with Kansas City, MO dog trainer Richard Tanner, he turned to his old friend for help. Realizing he had a knack for the work and found it fulfilling, he began a formal apprenticeship under Mr. Tanner while Richard was serving as Director of training at a Kansas City, MO daycare/boarding facility. The apprenticeship would last for a year before Rob would begin his first training job, leading group classes at a Kansas City, KS rescue. With the downtime that comes with building a successful freelance client base, Rob absorbed as much material as he possibly could in the form of canine behavior and training literature, and hands on experience behind the leash working with wayward dogs residing in local shelters. In 2013, Rob ventured out on his own, starting Dogs Listen to Me [DLTM] in Kansas City, MO. Fast-forward to 2017, after a wildly successful 4 years of business, Rob decided to relocate to the beautiful Portland, Oregon, where he brings a Midwest sensibility and his message of balanced dog training to dog owners all over the West Coast.
Chandler Ichikawa | trainer
Chandler’s introduction to the dog training world began in August of 2018 when she met Rob Masters. She was at her wits end with her leash reactive dog and needed help regaining control. After meeting Rob she quickly picked up the training techniques and began to actively seek out additional training resources. She began helping friends and family by informally addressing their dog’s problem behaviors and implementing simple lifestyle changes. Her passion for working with her dogs and other dog owners inspired her to pursue dog training in a professional setting. She has first hand experience with a difficult dog and is passionate about sharing the knowledge, tools, and techniques to help empower owners to be confident and effective leaders. She is excited to help owners communicate with their canines and to show them the same success that she has had and shared with friends and family. She’ll be handling most on-leash private lesson clients as well as bringing a fresh new approach to our social media presence with helpful content for our dog loving followers.