Taiki has a strong enthusiasm for animals with a degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. Later, he completed the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) program at Moorpark College where he learned first hand how to care for and train exotic animals using positive reinforcement.
At EATM he trained several species of animals including a baboon, cougar, several birds, and even an alligator. He further gained experience training animals at Dolphin Quest on the Big Island of Hawaii. There he worked for over three years with dolphins, sharks, and several types of fish. At Dolphin Quest, Taiki also had the opportunity to teach people to interact with animals and build a connection with them.
With a background of teaching English to children in Japan, he has always had a love of teaching. Now Taiki plans to combine his two passions and teach people how to interact with their dogs through clear communication, mutual respect, and fun, to further strengthen the bond between animals and humans.
Bill has worked with and trained a wide variety of animals since 1990 including dolphins, dogs, monkeys, sea lions, birds, large cats, and so many more. While training animals is fun, he enjoys teaching humans how to train animals even more.
With a bachelor of science degree from U.C. Davis in Biological Science, and an associate's degree from Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM) in Animal Training and Wildlife Education, Bill has been applying operant conditioning techniques with animals with great success.
Bill is an international leader in the marine mammal training field and has been president and vice president of the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA) which has over 1,600 members.
Bill's animal training experience includes teaching group and private lessons for dogs of all ages focusing on positive stimulation, creative training, and making learning fun for both the dog and human!
Bill has a well-trained shepherd/terrier mix dog named Harley who comes with him to work everyday and enjoys being the office mascot providing fur therapy to everyone.
Michelle has been a professional animal trainer utilizing behavior modification principles with a variety of animals for over 24 years. Beginning her career in animal training in 1992, Michelle's primary area of specialization has been in marine mammal training, handling, and health care.
Michelle has been an international leader in the field of marine animal training and husbandry. She held the office of Vice President for the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA) and is a current board member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA).
Michelle has a Master's degree in Psychology as well as a certificate of Excellence in Living and Learning with Animals from Behavior Works.
Michelle has been a lifelong dog lover and dog owner. After relocating from Hawaii to California in 2013, Michelle expanded her training to dogs, when requests from neighbors began to pour in to train their family pets. This success led to the development of Well Trained Services.