AZ Canine Centers Team

The AZ Canine Center Team is comprised of Nathan, his wife Jessica, and a dedicated staff of knowledgeable dog lovers. All ADA trainings and certifications are completed by our head trainer and owner Nathan. Jessica assists in ensuring the place runs smoothly and also assists in group training classes. All of our managers are seasoned employees who have worked with our team for at least one year before being promoted into a management position. Our handlers are some of the best in the industry. Our handlers are thoroughly trained in dog behavioralism, as well as trained to assist with various medical conditions. As a client, you can expect to see many of our senior handlers assisting in our group training classes and lessons. Many of our Senior Handlers go on to further their careers in canines by moving into Master's programs, Veterinary programs or as trainers for nonprofits. We also partner with local colleges to provide internship credits for those students specializing in the animal services field. We are proud to be a facility that recruits, retains and promotes canine professionals.

Nathan Braaten

Nathan Braaten is a dog behaviorist and training expert with almost 3 decades in the industry. He brings top-tier qualifications and deep confidence in dogs and their ability to enrich and enhance lives.

Following life-changing brain surgery, Nathan witnessed firsthand the power dog can have in help and healing. This experience, along with his affection for animals, spurred his career and ignited a lifelong passion for helping people and their dogs work together successfully. His experience and expertise encompasses training for assistance and mobility, obedience, agility, and all-around good citizenry. He loves what he does and has borne witness to countless inspiring success stories.

Nathan is a proud graduate of Triple Crown Dog Training School in Hutto, Texas. Nathan has a degree in Canine Sciences from Bergin University in Santa Rosa, California—the standard bearer for service dog trainers in the United States. For the last three decades, Nathan has devoted his life to training ADA service dogs for those with mobility issues. Over the years, he expanded his training offerings and certifications and now offers training in a range of modalities, including basic and advanced level obedience.

Nathan is also certified as an AKC (American Kennel Club) Evaluator, providing AKC evaluations and certifications for Tricks and Agility Titles, Puppy Star Certifications, and Canine Good Citizen. He is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. Nathan is also a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, an advocate for the welfare of animals, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Nathan spends many pro-bono hours per year helping rehabilitate dogs for rescues and non-profit organizations.

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