Staff Bios

Asheville, NC Staff

David Kabler has been training dogs since he was a boy and founded Kabler School For Dogs in 1995. David is a certified Master Trainer and graduate of National K9 School For Dog Trainers. David also attended Augusta K9 Services and Tarheel K9 Academy. He has participated in numerous K9 training seminars. Through the years, thousands of dog owners have come to rely on David’s training skills and unique approach to raising a puppy into a highly trained adult. David has developed the courses at Kabler School For Dogs over the past 25+ years to be the ultimate in family dog training. David currently competes in the sport of Dock Diving and Mondioring with his Belgian Malinois Storm.

Candy Breisecher has over 25 years experience in the dog industry ranging from veterinary care to kennel management. In 2016 Candy graduated from Animal Behavior College (ABC) and earned her professional dog trainer certification. Candy is currently a mentor for ABC and works with their students guiding them to graduation. Candy has always had a passion and love for dogs and has worked hard over the years to gain knowledge to help dogs and their owners. Candy oversees the daily operations of our Residency and private dog training programs. Candy has a depth of knowledge about dogs that is impressive!

Nick Lentz has had a lifelong love of dogs starting with raising Huskies as a boy. By the time he was 15 he was working with Pine Edge Retrievers, a local hunting dog trainer in Wisconsin, and stayed with them for 9 years. During this time he focused on obedience and retriever training skills. With 15 years of experience in the dog business, he is an expert in the management and care of dogs. Nick also holds a degree from Madison Media Institute in video and motion graphics. Nick has spent the past 2 years mastering the Kabler School For Dogs training method, is the lead trainer in our Residency program, and also teaches in our private training program.

Jen Lopez has raised dogs since a child and has been training dogs professionally since 2006. She got her start working for RAMK9 in Dothan, Alabama. While there Jen focused on scent detection, trailing & tracking, obedience, and protection training. In 2012 Jen graduated from Devry University with a degree in business management. Since training with us Jen has excelled in learning the Kabler School For Dogs program. She spends her day managing our kennel and training our Residency guests. Jen loves giving our Residency guests extra attention and providing the utmost care.

Caretaking for the Residency training guests at Kabler School for Dogs is an ideal job for kennel staffer Rick Reason, combining two of his lifelong passions: making art and spending time in the company of dogs. He has worked as an animal caretaker at a Long Island Animal Hospital, volunteered in dog rescue efforts and dog therapy to nursing homes, and competed in dog agility. While working as an illustrator/portrait painter in Hollywood and New York, Rick created award-winning art for the ASPCA, Canine Companions for Independence, and other humane organizations. His dog portraits have hung in the AKC Museum of the Dog and in private collections from coast to coast. Rick is currently at work enhancing our campus with a growing portrait gallery of oil paintings featuring many of our esteemed four-legged alumni.

Columbia, SC Staff

Kabler School For Dogs Columbia, SC coach Tony Mooney is an award winning trainer, both in the world of Mondioring and family obedience. Mondioring is widely regarded as one of the most difficult dog sports that produces the worlds best trainers. Tony has been training professionally since 2009. In 2017 he and his dog Kodi won the Mondioring championships and made the world team to represent the USA. Tony is very passionate about dogs and their owners and always goes above and beyond to make sure the training is successful. He is known for his patience and skill in raising puppies- all the way to off leash trained adults. Tony is especially talented in advanced obedience and problem behavior solutions. He has completed many training seminars under some of America’s top rated trainers. As Co-Owner of the Columbia location, he is excited to be on the Kabler School For Dogs training team.