About Us

Victoria Warfel
Master Trainer/Head Trainer/Behavior Specialist

IACP-CDT/CDTA/PDTI, CTDI, CGC 

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Victoria is the head trainer at Dream Dogz. She has been training in Florida since she moved here in 2005 with her family and her self-trained Siberian Husky service dog, Boo. Vicki started as a food-based trainer, but realized the limitations and kept searching for a better way. After studying and combining many styles of training, she has developed her own unique training style. Vicki quickly became the areas go-to trainer and eagerly takes on the hardest behavior issues, people have brought their problem dogs to Vicki from all over the United States.

Aurelius, Scarlett, Arrow, and Brandi walk together with Victoria

Aurelius (aggressive German Shepherd), Scarlett, Arrow, and Brandi walk together with Victoria

Dream Dogz Ranch opened August 2016, Dream Dogz Training Center in 2011, before that, she was one of the trainers at Dogwood Park, and trained in the city parks and in home.

Victoria is:

  • Certified Dog Trainer (IACP-CDT).
  • Certified Dog Trainer-Advanced (CDTA).
  • Professional Dog Training Instructor (PDTI).
  • Perception Modification I Certified in the Syn Alia Training System.
  • Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
  • Certified Canine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner
  • Certified Canine Essential Oils Practitioner, Level 1 & Level 2
  • Certified Aromatherapist 
  • Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner
  • Usui Reiki Master
  • the first Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) in the southeastern United States. Victoria has earned the Trainer of the Year award!
  • AKC-Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Community Canine Evaluator, Urban Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor & Evaluator, thru the American Kennel Club.
  • Published author.
  • Founder of the Freedom, Remote Collar Training Method.
  • Canine First Aid/CPR Certified thru American Red Cross.
  • Volunteer with Karl’s Kids Program – Alachua County Project Coordinator.
  • Member of the Demand Media’s Talent & Expert network, approved for on-camera projects. She is a recognized dog training expert, and so far, has been featured in two dog training video series (with 26 videos).
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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Richard Warfel
Master Trainer/Head Trainer/Behavior Specialist

IACP-CDT, CTDI, CGCIMG_7362

Richard was in the design engineering field, and decided to leave that career path in order to take our family business to the next level. There is nothing better than training dogs every day outside in the sunshine, changing their lives and the lives of their loving families.

Rich’s calm, patient demeanor quickly made him a favorite with the dogs and their owners. Rich has attended many different workshops, including IPO and narcotics detection.

Richard is:

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Dr Kaila Chung DVM
Veterinarian, Trainer
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Kaila graduated from UF Veterinary school and enlisted in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. She owns, trains and breeds doberman pinschers. She has been competing in AKC Obedience and Rally for years.

She has three dobermans, Ava, Boris, and Scarlett. Ava has earned her novice and advanced rally titles and is also an international champion in conformation. Ava is working toward her excellent rally and novice obedience title. Kaila also trained Ava and Scarlett as medical alert service dogs and therapy dogs. Boris is also an international conformation champion and is working toward his beginner novice obedience, and novice rally titles.

Kaila is:

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Viviana Pena
Trainer & Service Dog Trainer

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Viviana moved to Gainesville from Miami years ago to study animal behavior. She has attended numerous workshops to enhance her knowledge on training and behavior in animals in a zoological setting, and has hands-on experience working with exotics and marine mammals. She is currently working her way into vet school at the University of Florida while she works at a veterinary technician.

She owns 3 dogs: Midnight, a Siberian husky, Riddick, a rescued shepherd mix who she has trained as a service dog and therapy dog, and Grimm, a German Shepherd and current service dog and future IPO champion. Viviana believes that the best and most important thing about training is forming a bond with your animal and working together as a team. Viviana is one of our service dog trainers.

Viviana is:

  • AKC-Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Community Canine Evaluator, Urban Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor & Evaluator, thru the American Kennel Club.
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Hannah Horn
Trainer

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Hannah moved to Gainesville from Palm Beach Gardens in 2011 to attend UF. She received a B.S. in Animal Science in 2014. Hannah currently has a 6-year-old German Shepherd named Jake who has his CGC and Rally Novice titles, and passed his temperament test through the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

Hannah and Jake enjoy taking hikes, kayaking, and have been sheep herding a few times. Along with training dogs, Hannah enjoys working with horses. She took a 2 semester course at UF, Horse Psychology and Training, where she was assigned a UF bred two-year-old horse. She learned how to start this horse under saddle, and the training progression that leads up to that. She loves comparing the similarities and difference in training dogs and horses.

Hannah is:

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Lucas Warfel
Trainer

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Luc has been training dogs longer than many trainers. He started when he was 4 years old, “helping” when I was working dogs. He has 12 years experience and enjoys working with the board & train dogs the most, training manners, proofing behavior, working, walking, and playing with the dogs, as well as being in charge of meal times. He thinks the dogs are just getting easier, which they are, because his skills are growing.

Luc attends all our workshops and earned the Jack Deeley Scholarship to the International Association of Canine Professionals annual conference in 2014. He also attended the conference in 2015 and 2016, for him it is a family reunion.

Luc is:

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