Rob Kuty, President and Certified Master Dog Trainer, has been a professional animal trainer for nearly 20 years. He manages all animal training for the Helen Woodward Animal Center and has worked at the Cleveland and Columbus Zoos, SeaWorld Florida and spent several years as the manager of the Pet’s Rule show at SeaWorld San Diego. Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Youngstown State University. His experience includes working with dogs, cats, pigs, pigeons and exotic birds. Rob has made several appearances on the local news, has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was a guest on the Animal Planet’s Faithful Friends television show. Rob is a certified by the American Kennel Club to train and test for the Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine and STAR Puppy programs.
Alex Kuty, Animal Trainer and Operations Manager is a San Diego native and has a communications degree from San Diego State University. As an animal lover all her life she spent several years performing and hosting SeaWorld shows such as the Sea Lion & Otter, Shamu’s House of Douse and Pet’s Rule! She also traveled with the animal ambassador team promoting conservation and education of animals across the west coast. Alex works on SDPT special projects and has trained two dogs to play Sandy in Annie, Bruiser and Rufus for Legally Blonde and Toto for Wizard of Oz.
Erika Mijuskovic is an animal trainer with nearly eight year of experience working with shelter animals. She helps oversee adoptable dogs at Helen Woodward Animal Center and works with them on obedience, socializing and behavior modification so they can be placed and more successfully thrive in a home environment. She also works with animals in the Board & Train program and is a dog walker and pet sitter. Erika began her involvement helping shelter animals as a volunteer for the Helen Woodward Animal Center and previously worked at a dog day care facility where she was responsible for temperament testing and organizing play groups. Dogs in Erika’s home over the years have come from rescue facilities including three Siberian Huskies and a Belgian Shepherd – all with initial behavior issues that she helped them overcome.
Heather works with the Helen Woodward Animal Center adoption dogs and assists in teaching group dog training classes. Prior to being an SDPT Animal Trainer Heather was a therapy dog handler and trained dogs to be certified in therapy. She also recently trained a rescue dog named Munchkin to play the role of Toto in the Moonlight Theater Production of the Wizard of Oz. Heather recently adopted Rio, a Hurricane Sandy dog, from the Helen Woodward Animal Center with terminal lung cancer. In addition to her love and passion for helping dogs, Heather also works with horses. In 2013 she rescued and started rehabilitating an abused and neglected, seven year old Arabian. Before she adopted him he had hardly ever interacted with humans, had never been trained and was under weight. Working consistently with him, she has taught him all his ground work, gotten his weight up and he is currently under saddle.