The relationship you have with your dog is just as important as the behavior they learn. Here at Elite Pup Training, we believe that using that bond in conjunction with empathetic, personalized training can help you and your dog live fuller, happier lives. Passionate about guiding your dog to a balanced state of mind, professional dog trainer Ricardo Rojas has spent countless hours training and researching the best behavior modification techniques. No two dogs are alike, and we’ll work together to create a personalized plan that addresses your concerns. Whether your rescue dog is a bit aggressive or your puppy is a bit too vocal, we’ll help you establish a healthy dynamic with your pup and achieve profound, lasting results.
Elite Pup Training grew organically. Growing up with dogs and feeling a very unique bond with them, Ricky knew his calling. He started young. First with walking dogs in the neighborhood and then training his family dogs all before the age of 10! Fast forwarding to his early 20’s, Ricky trained with a handful of the best trainers in the country and spent countless hours researching the most effective behavior modification techniques. With 15+ years now under his belt, Ricky shares his knowledge with the EPT Team and the many clients that come to us for help. When he’s not training dogs, you can find Ricky with his beautiful family spending time doing fun things in Santa Barbara.
Vanessa started her career as an office manager more than a decade ago. She has years of experience in every aspect of running a business and took that expertise to EPT over 6 years ago. It was with Vanessa’s knowledge and work ethic that made moving to the current facility at the ranch possible. An avid hiker, Vanessa finds time to get out on the trails in the mountains or on the coastline enjoying her beautiful family and the place she gets to call home.
Lorrie has been with EPT for 3 years. She brought with her 25+ years of marketing, sales, customer relations and business development experience. Lorrie has worked with small start-ups to large corporations with an affinity for small businesses helping them accelerate their business growth. Lorrie has had dogs all of her life and currently has 2 rescue dogs that go most places with her. When she’s not working, Lorrie is spending time with her family and dogs enjoying Santa Barbara and the California coast.
Erin began her journey at EPT in August of 2021. Erin grew up with dogs and has been in the pet industry for over 6 years. She has always had a passion for working with animals and now is able to express that through training. Erin is currently enrolled in school studying animal sciences and behavior and is excited to apply her knowledge to her work. In her free time, Erin loves to hike, see live music, cook and, of course, be around dogs.
Jaymee started working at EPT in August of 2021 and has been working with dogs professionally for over 6 years. She grew up with dogs and has always loved animals since she can remember. Jaymee is entering her senior year at UCSB as a Sociology major. When she’s not studying or at the ranch, Jaymee is designing new clothing creations, at the gym or reading somewhere with a view.
Kayleigh started working at EPT in July of 2022. She’s enjoyed learning more about canine behavior and the work that goes into caring for dogs. Kayleigh grew up riding horses and looking after many types of animals. She’s had at least one dog in the family since she was young. Going to work every day is easy. It’s the unconditional love and playfulness that gets her to smile all day every day. When she’s not at work, Kayleigh is raising her pre-teen son and enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones. She also enjoys reading, painting and is an avid video game lover.
Janet came to EPT in May of 2023. She has years of experience with dogs and currently has a pack of her own. Janet believes that working with dogs heals her heart and soul. Working at EPT, she see’s how so many lives are changed with good training and love. On her off time, Janet volunteers at Cold Noses, Warm Hearts as the Treasurer. She is a liaison between dogs in need and their furever homes. She is most happy at home with her pack.
Clarissa started her journey at EPT in July of 2023. With several years of experience dog sitting and fostering puppies for the local shelter, Clarissa is eager to learn more about dog handling/training and the canine/human bond. She is in her senior year at Arizona State University studying Family and Human Development. Clarissa is an avid reader. In her free time, you can find Clarissa at the beach surfing or hiking in the mountains.
Aisla started working at EPT in June 2022 as an intern. Her love for dogs, commitment and dedication earned Aisla a position as part of the EPT Team. Dogs have been a part of Aisla’s life from the very beginning. She is eager to learn how to train to fulfill one of her dreams of giving dogs and their families more fulfilling lives together. Now, in her Junior year, Aisla continues to work with dogs at EPT and hopes to one day work with exotic animals. Aisla spends her off time with family, surfing or reading.
Since 2022, Briana has been the EPT Transportation Specialist with over 20 years of dog handling experience. She is involved with Spark Rescue supporting their fostering program and also works with the fostering program at the local shelters. In Briana’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking dogs on the beach, traveling, singing karaoke and writing poetry. Briana has a strong bond with dogs and truly enjoys supporting animal rescue groups saving homeless, abused and unwanted dogs and giving them a second chance in life.
Sandy started with EPT in July of 2021. She has loved dogs since her first year when the family dog was a cocker spaniel named Freckles. Currently, she and her husband Bill have two goofy Goldens named Jack and Jill. As the manager of a pet-sitting company for 15 years, she was exposed to many sizes and breeds of dogs and she thinks they're all wonderful. Sandy enjoys working behind the scenes at EPT, assisting with calls and scheduling, and other duties as needed. In her off time, she enjoys baking pies and other tasty treats and galloping after her Goldens.