Meet Our Amazing Staff
Briana Stringer, CPDT-KA
Owner / Operator
Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant
Briana loves the challenges and the variety of skills it takes to find what works best with each dog/owner team.
Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (https://apdt.com/)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (ccpdt.org)
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and Puppy S.T.A.R. Evaluator (akc.org)
Member of the Pet Professional Guild (petprofessionalguild.com)
Briana Stringer was born and raised in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas. She has always had a love for animals and a fascination with animal behavior. Growing up, she managed to bring an array of them home with her to “study”. Her childhood pets included dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, a red-tail boa, a king snake, ferrets, a cockatoo, an African gray parrot, macaw parrots, horses, chickens and even a water dragon!
Working at the Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin, Texas, motivated her to become a dog trainer. It became apparent that dogs were being brought to the shelter by their owners because of bad behaviors, which could have been easily corrected with proper training. She also had the opportunity to work with a variety of breeds by providing foster care for some of these abandoned dogs. After working at the shelter, she trained at an Austin area boarding/training/agility facility where she learned the fundamentals of dog training. She then began providing all levels of dog training at a national pet superstore, where she had the opportunity to work with even more wonderful dogs and their owners. After a year of teaching group dog training classes there, Briana wanted to provide a wider range of services and activities, including agility classes. In 2003, she started Sublime Canines to better serve her canine friends and their humans.
Briana’s passions in dog training are working with the anxious, rowdy, reactive or “aggressive” dogs. She loves the challenges and the variety of skills it takes to find what works best with each dog/owner team. “Teaching them how to go through life as a cooperative adventure instead of a test of wills is much more fulfilling for both the dog and owner, and I love seeing it when it all just clicks. It really makes life with a dog much more enjoyable. I know that first hand, by my own experiences, and I want all of my clients to experience it as well”, Briana says.
In order to better serve her clients, she has traveled to numerous dog training seminars and workshops to continue her education, including Ted Turner, Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson, Terry Ryan, Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, Gail Fisher, Kathy Sdao, and Trish King, just to name a few. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest organization of positive dog trainers in the world, and a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Briana was voted “Most Awesome-ist Dog Trainer” in 2012 by the Austin Pet’s Directory. Her dog, Camber, was recognized in Fit Magazine’s “2015 Austin’s Fittest Dogs”.
Briana also helped to create the Williamson Country Kids-N-K9s program, helping at-risk youth improve their lives by training shelter dogs for adoption.
”I truly love what I do! I am deeply committed to improving dogs’ abilities and their relationship with their owners through proven positive methods”.
In 2015 Briana came upon the opportunity to open her dream boarding/daycamp/training facility and she jumped at the chance. A year later she found the perfect property in Pflugerville and DogJoy was born. “DogJoy is the best possible place for your dog to spend their days, either at daycamp, vacationing while you are away, joining our group classes or private lessons, or maybe you just want to come play in our Splash Park, built specifically with the dogs in mind,” Briana says.
Briana shares her home on the DogJoy property in Pflugerville, Texas with her three-year-old Border Collie, Camber. Briana’s favorite hobbies include wake-surfing, kayaking, mountain biking and camping and you can rest assured that her Border Collie accompanies her in every one of these activities, a goal she hopes to help all dog owners attain – to include their dogs in everything they do, and everywhere they go.
Tatiana’s passion for dogs and desire to provide excellent customer service makes her the perfect addition to our pack.
Tatiana Huslage was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the states when she was 14. “Growing up in Colombia taught me a lot about life but it gave me the greatest lesson of all: dogs are amazing,” she says. She had two great dogs growing up and spent many days having fun in their company.
“It was these moments that made me realize when I grew up I wanted to do something with dogs, something special. When Briana told me about DogJoy I knew immediately this was what I had been looking for. It would allow me to combine my passion for dogs and customer service in one amazing job.”
Tatiana has spent the better part of the last two years learning all about nutrition and holistic foods for dogs and says that she is eager to push her learning and training further under the tutelage of Briana.
“To me, DogJoy represents not just a place for dogs to enjoy running around but also a training ground for both dogs and adults to maximize the most out of the partnership between pet and pet-parent. It will push everyone further towards happy and healthy lives.”
In her spare time Tatiana enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her husband and being a dog mom to her two very spoiled fur-babies, Ghost and Grace, who always keep her on her toes.
Lodge Manager / Dog Trainer
Laci’s love for dogs, their people, and her passion for improving their lives through consistent training makes her a great addition to DogJoy!
Laci Lambacher was born in Austin, Texas and grew up on a farm near Elgin, Texas with all kinds of animals including horses, cattle, goats, cats, pigs, sheep and of course dogs. Her love of animals and dog training began at a very early age as her family always had many dogs on the farm. As a young child, her dad rescued an Australian Shepherd, named Ruby, and brought her home. Laci and Ruby were inseparable. Soon Ruby was teaching Laci dog agility as she began jumping over everyday objects in the yard. And so, her dog obsession began and has only grown over the years.
A few short years later, her family rescued a Rottweiler puppy, named Buddy, who needed some extra training with someone who had experience with Rotties. Her family found Briana and hired her to help train the family and Buddy. Briana’s training with Buddy inspired Laci’s interest in dog training even more.
Laci spent over 5 years as the lead 4-H dog club trainer and advisor for the Bastrop County K9 Cadets 4-H Club working with kids and families. She taught 4-H kids how to work with their family dogs to learn all aspects of dog care, nutrition and grooming. Once kids learned the basic with their dogs, she taught them how to compete in 4-H Dog show events, including Obedience, Rally, Showmanship, Conformation, Agility, Tricks, Costume and Drill Team so they could compete in many 4-H county dog shows and the Texas 4H Dog Show.
As a past 4-H member, Laci also competed in many 4-H county dog shows and the Texas State 4-H Dog Show for over 6 years winning numerous 1st place trophies, High in Trail Agility and High Point Obedience awards. She also served on the 4-H Dog Show Advisory Board for many years. She was honored to be asked by the Texas 4-H Dog Show Committee to serve as a Judge for the 2017 Texas State 4H Dog Show where she was a judge for the Obedience and Rally classes.
Before joining the DogJoy team, Laci worked as a Pet Care Specialist, Daycare Supervisor and Operation Manager at another dog facility for almost 3 years. There she also did dog grooming and training as needed. In 2015 she participated in the Canine Restoration Challenge that was a competition among 14 dog trainers to train 14 shelter dogs for 2 weeks with the goal of getting them adopted. She trained her shelter dog obedience and agility and did very well in the competition.
Laci is thrilled to have found DogJoy, as she was looking for a place to be part of a team that focused more on dog training and behavior modification and DogJoy is that place!
When not at DogJoy, she enjoys competing with her two dogs Panda, a Border Collie, and Diesel, a Border Collie/Australian shepherd mix, in AKC, NADAC and ASCA agility trials. Laci also competes in AKC Obedience and Rally shows. Recently she has started some dock diving with her dogs. She is also interested competing with her dogs in Tricks, Nose Work and Barn Hunts.
Laci says, “Some of my goals for my dog career are to obtain my CPDT-KA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA professional certifications. I would like to one day be an AKC judge for Rally, Obedience, Agility and maybe Conformation. I also would like to qualify and compete in the AKC Agility Nationals. But one thing is certain, you will always find me working with dogs!”
Dog Trainer / Lodge Lead
Jackee’s never-ending desire to learn everything she can about dogs, and how to better their lives through positive training, makes her the perfect addition to our team!
Jackee was born in Seward, Alaska and has had many different types of animals throughout her life. She’s had everything from dogs, cats, horses, to birds, reptiles, fish and so much more. Jackee spent most of her time outdoors in nature as a kid and if she wasn’t learning about different creatures outside, she was inside reading everything she could get her hands on. As a young teen, Jackee was in 4-H and her passion for horses led her to barrel racing. She even saved and purchased a horse of her own, which led her to spending a lot of her time in the barns tending to all the animals. “I have had several jobs over the years; however, I always end up back doing something with animals,” Jackee says.
“After taking time to raise my 3 kids while they were little, along with fostering several rescue dogs, I decided I needed to get back to work! I worked as a grooming assistant/bather for almost 3 years when we lived in North Carolina. Although I have always been fascinated by animal behavior it was while working there that I truly learned how important training really is. With a few simple actions the dogs responded so well and I was hooked. I tried to learn everything on my own but just found things that didn’t fit with how I saw myself as a trainer, until someone told me about Briana and her apprenticeship program.
One of the best decisions of my life was coming to work for DogJoy. I have learned so much here. I have met so many amazing pups and their people, and I look forward to continuing my journey for as long as I’m allowed. I hope to one day become as amazing a trainer as Briana!”
Jackee is trained in pet CPR/first aid, and currently has 3 Pit Bull type dogs Tiana, Smokey, and Belle and a cat, Enzo. All rescued in one way or another!
Chris’ attention to detail and passion for playing with the dogs makes him a favorite among our visitors!
Chris Huslage has been a Texan all his life despite moving around for many years. He recently returned to the city of Austin with his wife, Tatiana, to begin working on film projects but was attracted to the idea of a facility for dogs that wasn’t the standard “drop and board”. It’s appeal came from the idea of dogs having a chance to engage with one another in a peaceful and open area and to create interaction and communication with owners and dogs when it came to training, health, and diet. He quickly signed on to join the team at DogJoy in his off hours so he could get the chance to learn more about dogs and their behavior. It’s quickly turned into more.
When he isn’t spending time with his wife and two dogs at home and isn’t working on film projects, Chris can be found helping to take care of the many dogs in the Lodge at DogJoy. And even when he has a spare hour or two, you can still find him there, taking pictures of the beautiful area or enjoying the Splash Park with his dogs.
Mark has a way with the more nervous dogs, and seems to bring out the more shy pups with ease. The dogs adore him!
Mark is a proud dog owner of a small rescue dog by the name of Jet. His hobbies include caring for and playing with his own dog, golfing and going to the movies. Mark has been working with dogs at dog boarding and daycare facilities since early 2016.
“Working with dogs is highly enjoyable and fulfilling. I am stoked for working at DogJoy!”
Kelsey is a natural with the dogs, and she has a gift with the more fearful, timid pups. Her love for them, and her job, is obvious!
Kelsey grew up in Round Rock, Texas. Her family always had at least one dog, with breeds ranging from Boxers to Boston Terriers. As a kid she always loved all kinds of animals and while she knew she wanted to own lots of pets when she was older she had never looked into working with animals.
“All the animals we had when I was younger were family pets but I always wanted my own pet to care for, and in 2016 I got a cat. Owning a fur-baby of my own made me more interested in animals and how they get along with people, and much of my school projects became centered on how animals helped people live happier lives.”
In 2017, when Kelsey moved home from school, she started looking for a job and stumbled upon DogJoy. “I knew I would enjoy working around dogs, but I never knew I would completely fall in love with animal care. I love working with the dogs at DogJoy and learning new things about them every day. Taking care of dogs is something I never saw myself doing, but now I don’t see myself doing anything else!”
20818 Martin Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
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