Friends For Life Dog Training LLC. Trainers Education and Experience

Professional Dog Trainer Dennis Fehling CPDT KA, CBATI, TTouch Practitioner level 1

Professional Dog Trainer Pam Bigoni 

 Professional dog trainer Desiree Seay ABCPDT

Sydney Lisignoli BS in Fish and Wildlife Assistant Nose work Instructor

Hannah Rugg Assistant Instructor for manners classes and nose work

     Dennis Fehling

I have had a life long love of all animals especially dogs, I learned from my dad at an early age to work with dogs in a positive way.  After a career in the aircraft industry and the military I decided it waas time for a change of careers.  I had tried many different businees ventures including a marital arts instructor in Portland Oregon, I also had a window cleaning business and a bike shop business.  None of these were as rewarding as working with dogs.  I knew after my first dog training seminar I was hooked.  My passion for working with aggression and fear came to me by the way of my own dog Meika.  Meika taught me so much when it came to dogs with fear based aggression I knew that this was going to be my chosen path.  My goal is to help as many dogs as I possibly can using positive based training methods that teach rather than harm.   


           Pam Bigoni


Desiree Seay

Desiree Seay is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), she is also an honors graduate from the Animal Behavioral College (ABC, ABCDT) who has a passion for teaching humans and dogs using humane methods. During her hands-on studies though ABC, she has worked through basic obedience training, behavioral training, shelter dog training, CPR training, private dog training, dog and handler safety, as well as learning the art of effective problem solving. She has also gained experience handling dogs during her time working in and managing dog boarding facilities as well as running her own pet care and training business. From small playful puppies to large dogs. Desiree has handled it all while exhibiting a level of professionalism and skill that only those born with the talent and patience for dog training can do. Desiree is continuously expanding and keeping her training skills up-to-date by studying the Karen Pryor Academy academics and has been mentored by Dennis Fehling during her externship with the Animal Behavioral College. Currently she teaches basic and advanced obedience classes and assists with private behavioral training lessons. She also enjoys teaching tricks classes for both dogs and humans. She also attends workshops and seminars to expand her training toolbox. Her experience also includes workshops on Loose-Leash Training, Dog Body Language, and First Aid Training and has attended the TAGTeach International Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology 2019 conference. Though positive training, Desiree has been able to help coach dogs and their humans through basic obedience, behavioral issues, as well as Service Dog training. Desiree aspires to begin a Service Dog training facility in Central Oregon which will be the first of it's kind in the area and offers Service Dog training private lessons. She also volunteers at local humane societies and assists with training shelter dogs. Desiree’s passion for what she does shows in every dog and family she has trained with.


Sydney Lisignoli

I grew up on a farm in Central Oregon and knew early on that I wanted to work with animals. It wasn’t until I was 12 years old when I got my first dog that I realized what kind of animal I wanted to specialize in. I joined BAAD (Bend Agility Action Dogs) in 2008 and at the time I was the youngest handler in the club. I competed with my dog Dandy in agility through middle school and high school. When I went to Oregon State University my goal was to become a conservation detection dog handler. Therefore, I pursued a degree in Fish and Wildlife Science. I was fortunate enough to be able to bring Dandy with me to college, so every spare moment away from schoolwork I spent going on hikes with her around Corvallis.
I graduated in 2016 and moved back to my parent’s farm in Central Oregon. I then began apprenticing under Pam and Dennis at Friends For Life Dog Training to learn more about dog training. After a few months I applied for a position as a conservation detection dog handler for Conservation Canines based in Washington. I was selected to attend a month-long training which then turned into a 3-month position in 2017.  I worked with most of their 17 dogs and went on some exciting projects, ranging from working with their whale scat detection dog in the San Jaun Islands to conducting a search near Crane Prairie reservoir focused on fox scat and various carnivores. When I decided to move back to Central Oregon I started apprenticing under Pam and Dennis again. Since 2017 I have been teaching Nose work classes at Friends For life Dog training as well as assisting with puppy classes with Dennis Fehling and Nose work classes under the helpful guidance of Pam. The greatest part about teaching nose work is seeing each dog connect with their natural abilities and watch the bond grow between handler and dog.

Hanna Rugg

 I've lived in Central Oregon since I was four years old.  I've always had animals ranging from horses to dogs to a few chickens.  Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to help better the lives of animals and their humans.  I volunteered at a therapeutic riding center in Bend for four years and learned many useful horse handling skills before moving on to take riding lessons at two different facilities.  

I started training at Friends for Life with my grandma's dog Ollie.  Ollie did BAT( Behavior adjustment Training) founded by Grisha Stewart MS. Cpdt ka, Kpa work with Dennis for a while and then started doing K9 Nosework with Pam.  A year after we got Ollie, I got my current dog, Izzie, a full sibling to Ollie.  Izzie and I did puppy class and a basic manners class with Dennis and then started nosework with Pam.  We have been doing nosework for about three years now.  
I am working towards a Veterinary Technician Certification and working at Friends for Life is helping me build my skill set.  Now I help teach some nosework classes and well as assist in puppy and manners classes and some private work.  I enjoy meeting so many different dogs and people and watching the bond between dog and handler grow.