Heesun Andes, Owner and Head Trainer
Heesun Andes is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received her B.A. and completed her certification in Companion Animal Science, at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Heesun Andes is the Owner and Head Trainer of Pet Karma Dog Training in Clinton, NJ, and serves as the Head of the Behavioral Department at Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital, where she offers off-leash group puppy classes, private training, growl class for aggressive dogs, and apprenticeship programs for young professionals who would like to learn about dog training in the veterinary field.
Heesun prioritizes puppy socialization and training as early as 7-8 weeks of age, to help raise happy, confident, well-tempered, and well-socialized dogs. She believes an early start in socialization and continued developmental training, is the key to ensuring that every dog will have the chance at a happy life. Heesun also believes that adult dogs deserve a chance at rehabilitation, and she is committed to discovering and providing the best methods for dog training in her community. Her mission is to help each client build a deep and joyful connection with their dog.
Heesun is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the IAABC, where she is currently persuing her CDBC Behaviorist certification. In addition, Heesun works with evaluators from Therapy Dogs International and Therapy Pets Unlimited, to prepare dogs to serve as therapy dogs. Heesun is passionate about competion dog sports such as canine nosework, barnhunt, tracking, and dock diving, and actively competes with her Belgian Malinois/GSD Lakota and 11 year old Staffordshire Terrier, Trinity. In early 2018, she will be studying to hone her skills in training dectection dogs, and continuing her passion in training dogs for competition in KNPV, IPO, and French Ring. She spends her free time hiking with her husband David and their two dogs, American Staffordshire Terrier, Trinity, and Lakota.
April Tortorella, Trainer
April is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and teaches Pet Karma Puppy Classes all over New Jersey. April has a special heart for rescuing animals, and she has a unique affinity with breeds such as the American Pitbull Terrier and Bull Terrier. Before Pet Karma, April worked in the Lodging and Manners Departments at Morris Animal Inn, where she gained four years of experience in kennel management, caring for boarding cats and dogs, administering of medication--and as a result--developed a keen eye and intuition for every individual pet's emotional and physical needs. After years of dedicated work in the Lodging department, April was hand picked to be a part of the exclusive Manners department at Morris Animal Inn. In the Manners department, April worked one-on-one training many pet dogs of different breeds and temperaments. April is a new mom, and she spends her free time with her family and her fur babies Darla and Pete.
Manny Dylan Hernandez, Assistant Trainer and Playgroup Counselor
Manny is one of the young professionals who participated in the Apprentice Program for Dog Behavior in the Veterinary Field, and has been apprenticing with Head Trainer, Heesun Andes for two years. Manny is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he participated in the national Bonner Leader honors program, and served the community through outreach and volunteerism. Manny Dylan is an excellent dog trainer, with a good understanding of group dynamics, dog body language, and dog behavior. Manny has worked with many different breeds and has successfully worked with hundreds of clients and graduated pet clients from puppy kindergarten, Dog Training 1 and 2. Manny is currently working on a music therapy project for dogs and people who suffer from anxiety.