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ABOUT

HAVANA

PASSIONATE ABOUT DOGS

AND EDUCATING OWNERS

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About Our Team

Havana is a group of trainers passionate about training dogs and educating owners. Our hope is not only to be a training facility, but also a community and resource to you. Good canine trainers are hard to find, but trainers that provide effective owner education are vital to long term success. With over 20 years of combined experience in the education and training fields, we pride ourselves on helping owners develop clear communication with their dogs.

 

Our team has worked with over 1,500 dogs of all different breeds, sizes, and ages. We are consistently striving to learn more, as the best educators are forever students. Our trainers attend classes with their personal dogs, participate in online seminars, compete in dog sports, and mentor other trainers.

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Megan Wimer

Owner & Lead Trainer

AKC CGC & Trick Dog Evaluator

Megan has been an animal lover since childhood. She grew up in 4-H showing horses and training her own dogs. Megan has her degree in education and was fortunate enough to have some wonderful mentors come along side her and foster a passion for canine training. She started competing in agility with her Golden Retriever, Xena, and was immediately hooked. Her passion transitioned to a professional career in 2016, and Havana Dog Training was officially started in 2017. 

Megan continues to train and compete with her five Golden Retrievers. Finnick has his Trick Dog Advanced title and his Rally Excellent title. Cinder and Flare both have their National and International Championship conformation titles as well as rally and trick dog titles. Xena, Megan's veteran dog, has titles in agility. Lumos is the newest canine member of the household and currently has her Trick Dog Intermediate title, a Rally Advanced title, and her Canine Good Citizen title. Megan continues  to actively compete in dog sports and attend a variety of classes and seminars.  

Aside from dog training, Megan enjoys being involved in her church and community, camping, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and three children: Iva (age 5), Eldon (age 3), and Ander (age 2). She also loves to travel and is an avid horse lover. 

 

Megan knows what it is like to integrate dogs into busy households and families with small children. She is always happy to help give advice and help make you and your dog succeed. Whether your goal is to have a well behaved pet or to cultivate a performance canine, she looks forward to working with you, your family, and your dogs. 

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Ali Du Chene

Trainer

From the Labrador Retrievers to the three family cats she grew up with, Ali has always been an avid animal lover. Her childhood passion carried into adulthood, and she knew she wanted to further her education in an animal-related field.

 

Ali has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and specializes in Companion Animal Behaviors. To get some real-world training, Ali started working as a kennel assistant, but she knew one of her goals was to be a canine trainer. She reached out to Havana Dog Training and started a mentorship to build upon her degree and gain more hands-on training experience. Since officially starting her career with Havana, Ali has been involved in a variety of services including group classes and day training.

 

Ali currently owns one dog named Boog (Shepherd/Pyrenees mix, 1 year). He has motivated Ali to become an incredible trainer and learn how to manage dogs with anxiety. Since starting her career at Havana and entering the canine training field, Boog has made dramatic gains in his behavior. Ali loves to share her knowledge and experience with clients who are struggling with anxiety-ridden dogs.

 

Some of Ali’s hobbies include weight training, living a healthy lifestyle, traveling, hiking, reading and hanging out with her family and pets. She also loves to attend training classes to further her education in behavior modification and dog obedience. Ali has immersed herself into the training world and is always eager to learn more and ensure she is using the best methods possible for each individual dog. She looks forward to working with you and your dog!

Hannah Steuck

Trainer

Hannah’s love for animals started in childhood, but despite her best efforts her parents wouldn’t let her get a dog. Her first pup finally came as a wedding present. From that moment on, Hannah immersed herself into the world of dog training.

 

Hannah was very committed to training her two dogs and attended multiple foundations classes, advanced classes, and rally obedience classes. After seeing success from these courses, she was asked to take an apprenticeship to learn more about training. Since 2018, Hannah has mentored with and worked for Havana Dog Training. She has instructed group classes, assisted in courses, led private lessons, and boarded dogs.

 

Apart of dog training, Hannah loves health and fitness, traveling, hiking, learning, and baking. Besides being a trainer, she is a stay at home mom with her new baby boy, Callan.

 

Hannah currently has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Rev and knows how to handle dogs with lots of energy. She specializes in teaching dogs impulse control and the art of relaxation. Hannah’s mindset of “always be a student” allows her to keep growing in her knowledge of different techniques and skills in the canine world. She is excited to meet you and your dogs, and work together to make your canine a well behaved family pet.

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