Meet The Team
Don Murray, Owner
After spending years in the corporate world in fields ranging from industry to real estate, Don decided to follow his true passion in life, dogs. Don cannot remember a time in his life that he was without a dog and he has been told over and over that he has a special connection and bond with them.
Don’s successes in corporate translates to his level of professionalism and dedication to dog training. But only now has he truly found a deeper level of job satisfaction. “To see a problematic dog display confidence when returned to their amazed owner is maybe the greatest gift I can receive! The emotion is repeatedly, clearly displayed on the faces of owners and their gratitude for these big transformations confirms my passion and is the reason I do what I do!”
Don and his girlfriend Becca, our Director of Marketing, currently have four sidekicks: Hendrix, who Don rescued from a hoarder in Manatee who is a lab/pit mix who has permanent scarring on his ears from months of neglected fly bites but is now living large in The Dog Wizard world where he helps Don with socialization projects. Ellie, a high-energy, demanding border collie mix who has a great heart and loves trail running with Rebecca. Quesa, an american bulldog/boxer mix who came to them as a foster but quickly found her way into their hearts. And the newest addition to their pack, Relic, a super smart merle border collie.
Becca Boudreaux, Director of Marketing and Client Relations
Becca grew up surrounded by animals. In spite of the fact she grew up in the heart of Washington, DC, her childhood home saw everything from the typical cats and dogs to the unexpected duckling and goats. Her family was known as one of two “rescues” in the neighborhood and many a stray animal found their way to them. As an adult, Becca went for a while without dogs. College, family and a busy marketing career left little time to devote to pets but when her daughter was old enough to help, they added a Border Collie named Kiva to their family.
Everything changed a few year ago when someone abandoned a dog by tying him to a telephone pole near the ice rink where her daughter skated. Becca found herself sitting in the dirt for hours, long after everyone else had given up, until the dog trusted her enough to help him. From that day on, she found herself visiting the nearby shelter doing what she could to help. Eventually she started fostering dogs and aiding in rescues and placement. Having the opportunity to use her marketing knowledge in a career that allows her to work with dogs is a dream come true.
Jonathan Johnson, Trainer
Jonathan grew up on a small farm in the mountains of North Carolina where his love of dogs and animals of all kinds was fostered as a child. As a teenager, he spent a lot of time working with the family dogs and his own. He had a Great Dane named Lucy and went on to become the owner of a Boxer named Zero.
Jonathan started his dog training career by happenstance, after meeting Charlotte Dog Wizard owner Emily Nolan. After becoming fascinated by dog training by proxy of Emily, an opportunity arose for Jonathan to go through the Dog Wizard Academy where he was trained by the founder. He first took a position as a trainer at the Mooresville Dog Wizard then, joined Sarasota Dog Wizard.
Right now Jonathan’s pack consists of Judy the Bluetick Coonhound and Boston the Boston Terrier. He acquired Judy because she had developed very severe food guarding habits, even becoming aggressive with her previous owners and unfortunately they had to give her up. Jonathan adopted Judy and rehabilitated her through her guarding/aggression issues into the healthy balanced dog that she is today! Boston actually belongs to a good friend of Jonathan’s who is working in Alaska for several months making dog food money. So for right now, he’s part of the pack too!
Ashley Cliffe, Trainer/Office Administrator
Originally from Maryland, Ashley moved to Tarpon Springs in 1997. After graduating high school with a veterinary assisting certification, she spent a semester at UNCW working with Paws4people, a service dog organization. It was here that she found a passion for dog training. She spent years working in kennels and vet offices in roles including kennel tech to vet assistant, but she always dreamed of focusing more on training.
She went through dog training certification with a big box retailer and was teaching group classes when she found the opportunity to join the Sarasota Dog Wizard team. Ashley has two rescue dogs; Remi a lab/catahoula mix and Finn a border collie mix.
Aileen Leask, Trainer/Office Administrator
Aileen is originally from Puerto Rico but moved to Connecticut in 2007 to attend UCONN. In 2010, she participated in a study abroad program to Africa and she fell in love with the country and culture.
After graduating from UCONN in 2012, Aileen immediately went back to Africa to become a certified safari guide. She tracked animals, guided the visitors and educated them on the resident animals and more.
Although it was a super cool experience, Aileen missed her family and friends and really felt a need to follow a building passion to work with dogs. She returned to the states and began working with dogs in just about every capacity including grooming, boarding, volunteering at animal shelters, and professional pet sitting before deciding training was the right direction to focus her passion.
Chloe Wells, Trainer
Chloe was born and raised in England and moved to Florida in 2001. She started learning how to train dogs when she was 10 years old with her first personal dog, Sherry, a Yorkshire Terrier.
In 2006, she joined the US Army as a Behavioral Health Technician and put her training to the side. While active duty, she volunteered at the Humane Society, interned under a trainer and taught group classes and private lessons, and volunteered at the local animal shelters. She also provided free basic obedience training to spouses of deployed Service Members and formed and ran a nonprofit that helped pay for retired Military and Law Enforcement K9s medical expenses and helped find homes for those that weren’t able to be adopted by their handlers.
Although she still attended as many conferences and training events as she could, she knew she wanted to do it more so after 10 years, four duty stations, and a brief stint in Iraq, she left the Army to pursue training as a career.
She attended the Professional and Master Trainer course at the Tom Rose School in January 2017. While there she gained a wealth of knowledge in various disciplines from advanced obedience, detection, and protection work. She is a certified AKC CGC and Trick Dog instructor and evaluator and an active participant in dock diving, lure coursing, competitive obedience, tracking/trailing, and PSA with her 2 Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherd, and a Corgi.
TJ White, Trainer
Tony “TJ” doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t want to work with dogs. He began showing and titling dogs when he was just 11 years old and started his training career nearly 30 years ago training service dogs for physically challenged children. He has 20 years of aggressive dog behavior modification and 20 years of protection training.
TJ is a certified service dog trainer, certified decoy trainer and a certified Canine Good Citizen tester. He holds titles in schutzhund, mondioring (French Ring), ADDPT and the UKC show ring. I’ve trained dogs for celebrities such as Jerry Bruckhiemer and professional athletes such as Bohemian gold medalist Shaunae Miller Ubio.
His passion over the years has become helping people understand and communicate properly with their dog.
“I’m a human trainer and a k9 interpreter.”