Meet the FALCO TEAM
Gina Brunick, Owner/ Head Trainer
I opened Falco Dog Training OC in July 2016, after working for Falco K9 Academy for several years. I am a certified Falco K9 Academy Trainer/Behaviorist, Evaluator for the Good Citizen Certification, Therapy Dog Evaluator with Therapy Pets Unlimited, a member of IACP. I've also taken countless hours of CEU from Nationally known trainers. My studies with these trainers has changed the way I work with understanding dogs but most importantly understanding human psychology and its relation to our K9 companions.
Amanda Rice, Lead Group Obedience Instructor
Amanda Rice is a full-time Special Education teacher. Mom, wife and a part time Falco K9 Academy Group Obedience Instructor.
She started at Falco as a student with her Labrador retriever puppy Bauer, taking him through Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Off Leash. Shortly after Amanda started to intern at every group class, individually helping students and their dogs. In 2017 Amanda received her Falco K9 Academy Trainer Certificate and has become an intricate part of our team.
Zack Devore: Trainer
Zack has been with Falco DTOC in Dec 2018.. In his 1st year, Zack has assisted Head Trainer Gina Brunick and Master Instructor Aldo Cecchi in over 500 private sessions, 20 group classes, and assisted in over 60 Board and Trains from Basic Obedience to Severe Aggression. In addition, Zack has attended several workshops facilitated by very well know National and International trainers and earned his certificate in "The Art of Attention". Zack also earned his certification in Training without Conflict by International known Ivan Balabanov.
Zack's skill set is puppy development and enrichment, working line dog breeds, Group class Instruction, Basic - Advanced Obedience. Soon to be Protection Decoy
Aldo Cecchi, Master Instructor
Aldo Cecchi is Falco K9 Academy's Master Trainer. He has been dog training for over 25 years in both the United States and in his hometown Cordoba, Argentina.
He is the owner of Falco K9 Academia in Argentina, A best selling author of "THE PERFECT DOG TRAINING METHOD: THE CECCHI METHOD OF BALANCING LOVE, RESPECT & ENERGY". 6 time Champion of IPO. Advises K-SAR groups, Volunteer Firefighters, and Security and Defense Forces, regarding canine training in search and rescue dogs, from Argentina as well as from foreign countries.
Aldo runs the gamut of dog training from pet dogs, Search & Rescue, Service dog training, Protection Dogs, and competition dog training.
Gabi Schwainger - Trainer
Certified in Emotional Behavioral K9 Therapy
Originally from Germany, a Corporate job brought me to the US in 2002. Some 14 years later, I left that behind and fell in love with dog rescue and training. Gabi partcipated in Falco's Mentorship Program taught by Master Instructor Aldo Cecchi an earned her certificate as a “Certified Emotion Focused K9 Therapist”. Soon after Gabi was hired as an assistant trainer with Falco Dog Training Orange County working with dog and their humans in the group classes, board & train program as well as private sessions.
Laura - Office Manager
Laura started her career in the Promotion Dept of Family Circle Magazine where she worked as an Assistant to the Director with organizing the Family Circle Tennis Cup Tournament Media Press Tent and supported activities with the newly developed Women's Tennis Association working with Merry Kelly for the US Open in support of Billie Jean King and women's tennis. She also worked as an Editorial Assistant for several copywriters at Family Circle. When she moved to California in the late 70's, she joined a National Advertising Agency as a Sales Manager and advanced to Director of Client Services and Sales. Laura has retired from the world of marketing and publishing and we are so pleased she joined us in 2017 to manage the office at Falco. She was very active with dog rescues for a number of years and is happy to be a part of the Falco team of professionals dedicated to the Falco motto of "Save A Dog, Train yours." We appreciate her expertise, organizational skills and professional client service skills.
Falco Dog Training does not breed discriminate, we rehabilitate all behaviors! Where many training facilities might turn you away, we accept all! German Shepherd Training , Mixed Breed Training, Pitbull Training, puppy training, Saint Bernard training, Great Dane Training, and much more