Meet Our Dog Trainers

Cali McAffery, CPDT-KA, Trainer

Cali is a Texas native who has split her time between here and the Cayman Islands all her life. Growing up, Cali’s 4-legged best friend was a Pomeranian who lived to be 16 years old, named Shortstuff. It was the age of 18 when Cali was introduced to positive dog training and she’s been obsessed ever since; it’s ultimately what drew her to DogBoy’s. Cali joins us with lots of animal knowledge as she comes from a background in raising LaMancha dairy goats for show and production. When not spending time with her herd of goats, you’ll find Cali with the rest of her menagerie which includes, Kitty, a 10 year old Aussie, Riot, an approximately 11 year old Aussie/Border Collie, Aero, an 8 year old Chinese Crested, Chaos, a 1 year old Aussie/Border Collie/Lab mix, Willow, a middle aged cat who Cali found 2 years ago and Archimedes, a rescued Quaker Parrot. In addition to spending lots of hiking, swimming and quality time with her animals, Cali makes goat milk soap. Cali looks forward to working with our training pups and their families!

Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA, Trainer

Sarah discovered a passion for training and behavior when she took her first dog home from a local shelter while attending Texas A&M University.  Throughout college she worked in a veterinary office.  She graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 2007 and began teaching group puppy and obedience classes in 2010.  In 2014 she began working with service dogs.  For three years she worked with female inmates in the Texas prison system teaching service dog training and handling.  Sarah is committed to continuing education and regularly attends seminars and conferences to improve her knowledge and skill.  In September of 2017 she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed.  She shares her home with her husband, a 13 year old blue Heeler, a 5 year old Catahoula, and two 9 year old cats.

Whitney Spence, CPDT-KA, Trainer

Whitney always knew that she wanted a career with animals. Her original goals were to become a vet but quickly realized that career path was too heartbreaking after losing her childhood dogs. Her passion for dog training started when she discovered Victoria Stilwell’s television show, “It’s Me or The Dog”. The spark started and she began working with her own dogs by teaching them a plethora of tricks; she then started working with friends’ dogs which led to referrals to help the community with their dogs. Whitney enjoys teaching group classes as she loves seeing how the owner’s skills grow over time and to show them that they are able to problem solve in any situation they may find with their dog. Whitney currently has a Border Collie named Kimchi and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Soju. After moving to Texas in 2016, she became head Dog Trainer and Dog Training Mentor at Petco before she found DogBoy’s. She is currently working part-time in a prison with shelter dogs and training inmates on how to become a dog trainer for when they are able to leave. She has been training dogs professionally since 2012 and in 2019 received her training certification from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  One of her goals in life is to combine some of her passions and train dogs for work in television and movies.