Since 2006 BonaFide Dog Academy has been the premier dog training facility serving Omaha and the surrounding community.

A “Best of Omaha” multiple year winner in the dog training category, we strive to meet our client’s needs and expectations through positive reward based training methods.  BonaFide Dog Academy is built on the idea that dogs are more than just pets.  Love, Loyalty, Companionship.  These are the words we often hear when we talk about the relationship we desire with our dogs.  Our trainers are here to help you explore this relationship and your capacity to unleash your dog’s potential.  To strengthen the bond between you and your dog requires dedication, loyalty and love.  Your dog is ready.  Are you?

Mission Statement

At BonaFide Dog Academy we believe in the enduring bond between you and your dog.  Our desire is to empower you to move from “pet” to “partner”.  We want to unleash the potential in every dog so they can change people’s lives.

About the Owners - Andy & Susan

Andy and his wife Susan became the Owners of BonaFide Dog Academy in February of 2019.  This fulfilled a life-long dream of Andy’s – to share his love of dogs and help others realize the powerful role that dogs can play in the lives of others.  Andy has always had a dog in his life, typically two or three.  He has always enjoyed the training aspect of dog ownership and finds it rewarding when his dogs grasp a new learned behavior.  Andy has titled his dogs in obedience, agility, tracking and hunting.  He has also shown dogs in the conformation ring.  Andy also relishes in finding ways to improve the bond Owners have with their dogs.  He enjoys watching the joy of children playing with their pets, and the comfort the elderly receive from a head in their lap.

Susan has been a willing participant in all of Andy’s dog endeavors.  Her passion for helping people and wanting clients to get the most out of their experience at BonaFide makes her the perfect customer relations manager.  Their daughter Grace is also involved in marketing the business and doing all the computer “stuff”.

Andy is convinced that people don’t buy what you do but why you do it.  Our belief is that the life of every person can be enhanced through the presence of a dog in their lives, so very simply we want to unleash the potential of man’s best friend so that they can change people’s lives.

Cheryl Wilson CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, Certified Fear Free Professional

Cheryl is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who has been teaching for over 15 years.  Cheryl holds a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) designation and is also a Certified Fear Free Professional. She continues to study behavioral science and attends workshops geared towards the rehabilitation of fearful and reactive dogs.   Her passion is helping all owners build a trusting relationship, to help solve behavioral issues, and have a well behaved canine companion.

She advocates for force free training with the Pet Professional Guild where the motto is: “It’s time to say No!- No to Shock, Prong, Choke, Pain, Fear & Force.”

Cheryl worked at the Nebraska Humane Society as both a trainer and in animal control.   She saw many preventable bites, which prompted her to work with Doggone Safe to educate the public on dog safety for kids and adults.

Cheryl has served as a Vice President with Golden Retriever Rescue, as well as founding and serving as President with Nebraska Dachshund Rescue. She supports several local rescues that need customized training due to a rough start in life. Today, Cheryl has 4 dogs, 3 rescued chihuahuas’s that all have special needs and dachshund named Butters.

Dianne Krantz

Dianne comes to Bonafide with over 30 years of dog training experience.  She has taught obedience and showmanship classes for 4-H and has judged at the county and state levels in both venues.  Dianne has also instructed obedience, rally and agility classes for various clubs and organizations in the Omaha area.  She has attended many seminars and conferences by nationally accredited individuals on the subjects of dog behavior, obedience, rally and agility and continues to attend seminars to learn new techniques.

Dianne’s accomplishments with her dogs include Utility Dog (UD) in obedience, Master Agility Champion (MACH), Rally Excellent (RE), Herding Started A sheep (HSAs), Flyball Master (FM), Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD) recognized for over 400 therapy visits, Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA), Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU), Versatility Excellent, (VCX) and finished breed Championships on dogs from the Herding group, Hound group, and Terrier group in AKC.  Dianne and her registered therapy dogs volunteer in the community regularly.

During the day Dianne is a buyer for a medical device manufacturer in the Omaha metro area.  Dianne is the President of the local Sheltie club, Midlands Shetland Sheepdog Club, an active member in the national Sheltie club, American Shetland Sheepdog Association, and is an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.  Her goal is for dogs to be well-mannered and owners to have a special bond with their dogs and enjoy doing things together as a team.

Cheryl L. Morris

Dr. Cheryl L. Morris is an Associate Professor in Animal Science at Iowa State University with an expertise in animal nutrition.  She has competed in agility for over 15 years with 9 of her dogs including rat terriers, toy fox terriers, border collies, a mixed breed and now her youngster, an Australian Shepherd. She has obtained over 150 agility titles including 11 AKC Master Agility Championships and has competed in 11 AKC and USDAA finals at National Events, including winning the AKC National Agility Championship in 2013 with her rescue border collie, Karma.  Cheryl has competed in AKC, NADAC, CPE and USDAA with titles in all four venues.

Cheryl’s emphasis is teaching teams to balance their cues between handler and obstacle focus in order to master course challenges regardless of venue.  She will challenge teams to work outside their comfort zones and grow their skill sets including situational awareness.

Taylor Francis, CPDT-KA

Taylor is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who has been working with dogs in many capacities since 2012. She started off as a dog sitter and walker. She eventually found herself instructing puppy classes while attending professional school. Teaching puppy class prompted a shift in what she wanted to spend her life doing, working with dogs! Taylor LOVES working with puppies and assisting families in finding a balance that allows everyone to live together happily.

Taylor helps run the Day Academy program, instructs classes, is a CGC evaluator, and does private training. She is active in the rescue community with two rescue bully breed mixes. Her goals are to eventually help raise service and therapy dogs to achieve her ultimate life goal of helping people.