Pascale Fortmann, CCS, Founder, Head Trainer
Pascale has many years of experience as an animal behavior professional. Pascale holds a University degree in Law, a Business Certificate from London Business School and a certification in Canine Studies, CCS, from the nationally recognized Northwest School of Canine Studies. Staying current by attending seminars and workshops about canine behavior science in the USA and abroad is as much part of Pascale’s life as hands on work with puppies and dogs. During her travel as a senior executive in the financial industry, she worked with shelters and built a network in the community of dog professionals. 5 years ago, Pascale founded The Clubhouse for Dogs to provide progressive, cutting edge canine training and care, as well as to make a difference in our communities. Pascale is involved in all aspects of the business and works hands on with your dogs every day. Pascale’s mission for the Clubhouse for Dogs is to build and improve the human/canine relationship. Thus, her focus is set on puppies in their most important stage of learning and exposure. Pascale’s skills, both with dogs and their humans, are outstanding which translates in state of the art individual care and teaching.
Pascale’s science based, positive training approach is guaranteed with all of her team members and every aspect of The Clubhouse for Dogs. Pascale’s anchor to recharge are her husband Jim and her dog Luna. Hobbies include learning, yoga, and exploring new places.
Jim Fuda, Marketing & Logistics
Jim brings a unique expertise to the dog professionals field as he spent 33+ years in law enforcement. In that time, he commanded a K-9 Unit and worked with police dogs on a daily basis. A great majority of the public has a misperception as to the type of dog utilized in this capacity. Many people believe the police dog must somehow be “attack trained and vicious”. To the contrary, police dogs are furry family members and partners that just happen to be specially trained for a variety of law enforcement functions. These extremely loyal dogs could easily be brought to a kindergarten classroom where 5 year olds crawl all over them, and then go to work and track down “bad guys”. Jim’s ability to connect with dog parents, and bring in his skills and strong love for dogs, is felt by clients and team members alike.
The Clubhouse for dogs is a family business. Jim and Pascale are married and both love to work, hike, play and cuddle with their young senior dog, Luna. Jim is also dad of 2 grown children.
Casey Cumming, CCS, Head Operations, Certified Trainer
Casey is an accomplished animal behavior professional and certified dog trainer from the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Prior to joining the Clubhouse team in May 2017, Casey worked as a professional dog walker and pet sitter for 3 years. While living in Hawaii with her husband, Dave, she pursued a career as a National Park Ranger. For 11 years, Casey competed in agility with her Aussie Mix, Poloka, and taught agility classes. Poloka is approaching 15 years of age and is now retired, but he still loves long walks in Lincoln Park. Casey has adopted and rehabilitated rescue dogs her entire life by developing a strong, loving relationship with her dogs. In her management position at The Clubhouse, Casey loves to share her in depth knowledge and experiences with dog parents. In her spare time, Casey enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking and watercolor painting.
Olivia Petersen, CCS, Certified Trainer
Olivia is a graduate of Washington State University’s School of Animal Sciences. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she moved back to Seattle and worked in a small-animal veterinary clinic for 5 years. This experience gave her a vast amount of knowledge about dogs as a whole. In addition, Olivia chose to pursue a career focusing on canine behavior and graduated from the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Olivia brings her love and passion for dogs to the forefront of her training. She lives in West Seattle with her husband Ben, and two Longhair Dachshunds, Sauce and Spud. Olivia’s positive and vibrant personality coupled with her holistic approach to canine well-being and behavior make her the perfect addition to our team!
Kristen Noonan, Head Boarding, Office Manager
Kristen has outstanding canine coaching instincts as well as relationship management skills. She lives at our ranch and cares for your overnight guests as if they were her own. Kristen’s love for and commitment to dogs are the ingredient to make boarding with us a true “home away from home” experience. Kristen has run her own business and, to further her skills in dog behavior, attended seminars as well as hands on training with Cristine Dahl, founder of the Northwest School of Canine Studies. In her management position, Kristen is a great leader and role model to our team. She builds lasting relationships with both our furry and human clients. Mom to an adult child and her senior kitties, Mr. Finnegan and Miracle, Kristen loves spending time with her daughter.
Sheila Osborn, Senior Canine Coach
Sheila has many years of experience in coaching dogs in group play and caring for our overnight guests. Her love and passion for dogs is highly appreciated by all our clients. While living at our ranch, Sheila has a special bond with each dog and will go the extra mile for the happiness and well-being of the dogs in her care. With her skilled eye for observation of dog behavior, she keeps our environment relaxed and safe. Sheila is the most reliable person with a great sense of humor. Sheila has attended hands on training in dog behavior with Cristine Dahl, founder of the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Sheila is in a relationship and proud mom of her dragon Mushu.
Our Facilities & Philosophy
- 3ooo sqf. Training studio in West Seattle: Kindergarten, formal classes, Train & Play Program & small dog daycamp.
- 2,500 sqf house on 2 levels in Issaquah. 7 acres of double fenced, open Park & Pasture setting. Natural shade and sheltered outdoor areas for protection from the elements. 7 compartmentalized outdoor areas for exercise, safe & structured play with free running and roaming: Kennel-free Boarding, Board & Train Program.
- Enrichment program with playground equipment, toy & ball play as appropriate. Mental & physical stimulation.
- Team of experienced, certified dog trainers and senior canine coaches make every interaction with your dog positive. No aversive methods such as water spray bottles, yelling or worse used. We work with reinforcement of the correct behavior. Time outs as well as redirection of attention for unwanted behavior.
- Training Walks in West Seattle with certified dog trainer.
- Flexible opening hours. West Seattle Training Studio conveniently located (Delridge exit off of West Seattle bridge).
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