Meet the Trainers

Angela Efinger ABCDT, CPDT-KA

K9 Training Coordinator, Training Instructor

AKC Trick and CGC Evaluator


Angela Efinger is our K9 Training Coordinator for all Bayside Pet Resort locations and has been training and showing her own dogs since childhood. She has 9+ years combined experience in other various animal related fields including veterinary kennel management, K-9 daycare specialist, avian keeper, and as a vet/surgery technician.

In 2009 Angela got her start by teaching obedience, puppy and agility classes at a veterinarian hospital while also conducting behavior consultations under the supervision of a certified behaviorist. During this time she obtained her dog trainer certification through Animal Behavior College. She continues her education by regularly attending seminars in order to keep up to date on the latest scientifically proven training techniques. She specializes in using primarily positive reinforcement methods and has proven to be very successful while working for several different training facilities over the years.

She also has a huge passion for multiple K9 performance sports including obedience, rally, agility, flyball, herding and conformation. She enjoys introducing and mentoring others, including junior handlers to the wonderful world of dog competitions. Angela is a certified AKC Trick, CGC and CGCA Evaluator, a member in good standings with her breed parent club (BCSA), a current APDT Professional Member, certified through CCPDT, breeder of Border Collies and a local children’s 4-H dog training instructor and judge.

Angela has personal experience training and showing her own dogs in many different venues, earning various titles with AKC,UKC and other organizations.

Some of her most recent memorable achievements are:

  • 2 of her dogs were tied for the 2016 Top Ten spot in UKC Conformation
  • 2016 & 2017 won many awards at her breed national including Best Bred By In Show, Best in Maturity, Select Bitch, Reserve Bred-by & Puppy Sweepstakes.
  • 2016 came in 9th place out of 160 entries at the AKC Rally National Championship.
  • Multiple High In Trial wins in Rally including at her breed nationals.
  • Her dogs are currently featured on the AKC website under their breed profile (Border Collies).
  • A dog she bred is pictured on the label of Publix canned dog food

Jean Smith

Training Instructor

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Jean has a love for all dogs, no matter where they come from. She currently shares her home with 7 dogs and 1 cat from all different walks of life. Jean has been training, competing, and earning various titles with these dogs in a wide array of dog sports including: obedience, Flyball, rally obedience, conformation, agility, herding, dock diving, lure coursing, carting, driving, protection training and weight pulling. The dog pictured with Jean has performed off-lead and live onstage performances with the Sarasota Opera and Orchestra in operatic adaption of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”

Jean has instructed classes for several years at several locations including the Sarasota Obedience Training Club (SOTC), where she instructed and assisted with classes like Flyball and beginner utility. She has also worked with Dog Scouts of America (Peace River Troop) where her primary emphasis was on responsible dog ownership through obedience training. She volunteers her time to work with the local 4-H groups by working as an obedience and showmanship judge as well as instructing the children in all areas of canine performance sports.

She has previous experience as a Board Member and Instructor at the Peace River Dog Fanciers club. She also worked with Therapy Dogs International, Gulfstream Rottweiler Club and has an affiliation with the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.

You are in good hands under the instruction of Jean. No problem is too small or too big. She will help you train your dog to its greatest potential, using primarily positive reinforcement training techniques.

Sandra Schoenlien

My love for animals and respect for their place in our human lives drove my desire to learn more about them. After 11 years managing my own dog care business and adopting my rescue dog, Paco, I began a journey to become a dog trainer.

I received my certification through Animal Behavior College in 2016 and successfully completed the Dog Foundations course with Karen Pryor Academy in September 2018. Spending many hours as a dog walker at Suncoast Humane Society made it clear that training even the most basic behaviors could save a dog’s life, provide a much needed home, and drastically reduce the number of dogs in shelters.

It is my passion to make happy dogs and happy homes!