Meet the Trainers

The Starmark family was founded in 1997 and includes approximately 40 staff members—15 of which are certified training and behavior specialists.

All of our certified training and behavior specialists are handpicked from the top graduates of our Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, the largest and most comprehensive dog training school in the world.

Your dog is a member of your family, and we look forward to welcoming your dog to ours!

Justine Alvarado

Justine Alvarado began working with dogs as a kennel technician at Starmark’s boarding center. To further her experience, she attended Starmark’s Academy for Dog Trainers, where she graduated as a certified canine training and behavior specialist. She has experience in working with dogs who struggle with anxiety and reactivity. She enjoys helping dogs build confidence and teaching owners to communicate more effectively with their pets.

 
Bobbie Jo Taylor

Growing up in the panhandle of Texas, Bobbie Jo’s passion for dog training began while participating in a 4-H program during high school.  She began her career in the canine industry by working as a kennel technician at a rescue shelter, a boarding facility, as well as veterinary clinic while taking veterinary technician classes through Cedar Valley College.  Bobbie Jo relocated to Hutto, TX after her acceptance to Starmark Academy where she earned her certification as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist specializing in obedience.  Following graduation, she was offered an apprenticeship position at Starmark where she was given the opportunity to train basic, intermediate, and advanced obedience as well as work with dogs that had behavioral issues. When her apprenticeship ended, she was offered a permanent training position at Starmark Animal Behavior Center.  Bobbie Jo has three members of her own pack, one ten year old male rottweiler, and two young female rotties.

 
Seth MacIntyre

Seth recently retired from the Army where he served for 13 years, and completed multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This is where he was first exposed to working dogs, and was amazed even after growing up with dogs, how great the bond was between a handler and their dog. His first exposure to dog training himself was when he worked with a trainer for his German Shorthaired Pointer to point and retrieve quail. This is where he experienced the joy in a dog that was doing what it was meant to do. At that point Seth decided after the military he wanted to work with animals. He attended the Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers and graduated with the title of Dog Training and Behavior Specialist. After graduation he was offered a position in Starmark’s Training Department. His passion for training has led him to owning five dogs; three rescues, and two German Shorthaired Pointers, each presenting their own challenges when it comes to training. Seth’s love for animals makes him a great candidate for a dog of any shape, size, or temperament, and he looks forward to helping dogs and their owners communicate effectively in order to improve their relationship.

 
Keith Benson

Keith is a certified professional dog trainer and animal behavior specialist with over 15 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with continuing education in Animal Behavior. He is the President/COO of Starmark Animal Behavior Center, Inc, which is one of the largest, most comprehensive training and behavior centers for dogs in the world. As President and Academy Director for Starmark’s school for Professional Dog Trainers, Keith oversees the school’s international curriculum and growth. The school attracts students from around the world seeking to learn the art and science behind a career as a professional dog trainer. Using client and behavioral research from these two corporations Keith helped found Starmark Pet Products, Inc., which designs award-winning training and behavior tools that are distributed in over 20 countries around the world. In addition to his executive role in these companies, Keith frequently provides media commentary and consulting for companies throughout the pet industry.

 
William Garrido

William is lead instructor for Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc., and has assisted in the training of many police, personal protection and explosives detection dogs. For 18 months as an instructor for several canine teams, William was responsible for the qualification and validation of these teams in the Eastern and Western region of Afghanistan. William has also helped many people and their dogs achieve their goals. William is a graduate of the Canine Training and Behavior specialist program at Starmark.

 
Jason Sigler

Jason has a long history performing as an instructor in one capacity or another. He has been teaching since 1995 in a primarily hands on and demonstrative craft. In 1998 he began teaching in a classroom setting in various topics. By 2008 he began speaking at seminars for large crowds. Jason discovered his passion for training dogs in 2008 when he was told by a pet store franchise trainer that his Shiba-Inu, Anzu was impossible to train and that it would be a waste of time to even try. Not being one to accept his dog being impossible to train he began reading books and meeting professional trainers. Finally, after leaving active duty service in 2013, Jason decided that if he couldn’t find a professional trainer to take on his Shiba, he would obtain the skills himself and enrolled in Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers. Upon graduating Jason moved to Alabama and began a training service that focused on practical obedience, and educating pet dog owners on relationship and communication development with their dogs.