Meet The Trainer

We are a small, family-owned and operated business specializing in private service dog training. Our goal is to provide effective, custom and affordable dog training in order to improve the quality of life for clients and their dogs. Since founded in 2012, our services have helped clients enhance their health, overcome challenges and increase independence within home and community settings.

Michelle Magers, M.S., CRC, is the Owner and Expert Dog Trainer with Golden State Service Dogs. Michelle has over 16 years of experience successfully training dogs while working with individuals with disabilities. Her expertise in canine behavior, ethology, learning theory, problem solving and operant conditioning has allowed her to have exceptional understanding of canine communication. Additionally, Michelle is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has earned her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University with an Advanced Certificate in Community College Teaching, offering clients both canine knowledge and a holistic health approach to rehabilitation services. She also holds an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Urban CGC, and Community Canine (CGCA) Test Evaluator Certification and presents and volunteers at schools, organizations, and other community outreach events. Previously, Michelle has worked as a College Instructor working with students with disabilities for the San Diego Community College District, a Certified Area Pet Training Instructor for PetSmart, a Therapy Animal Handler for Delta Society, and a Volunteer Puppy Raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. With her educational background, certification, and exceptional knowledge of laws that affect individuals with disabilities, Michelle is able to provide our clients with direct support, counseling, training, and service dog verification for enhanced independence, employability, and quality of life. She is passionate about dogs, loves to teach, and genuinely cares about serving clients and their unique needs.  Michelle is an Expert Trainer and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, making the service dog qualifying process enjoyable and easy!

Favorite Breed: Golden Retriever
Favorite Canine Command: “Do the Laundry” – Yes, it’s a service dog command Michelle teaches!
Favorite Part of the Job: Getting to help our clients successfully achieve their dog training goals!
Demo Dog: Cali, AKC Pedigree, trained in Medical Response and Mobility Service Dog Work

All AKC Approved Evaluators are listed online. You’ll find Michelle Magers listed in Spring Valley, CA.  Click Here