Founders and Trainers of Pet Behavior Aid
Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI has been a professional trainer since 1997,  working with both owned pets and sheltered dogs and cats at the British  Columbia SPCA, Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, Animal  Humane|New Mexico, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville. Tristan  received her MS from Tufts University’s Center for Animals and Public  Policy in 2001, and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2002. Presently Behavior and Training Advisor at Beacon Veterinary Hospital  in Swannanoa, Tristan’s goal is to help people develop the best possible relationship with their pets through education and training.
Jenny White, CPDT-KA has worked professionally with dogs for over 10 years and studied under some of the top national dog trainers, including Gina Phairas, Sue Sternberg, and Pia Silvani. She is owner of her own dog and puppy training business in Asheville. Jenny’s favorite part of training is helping to build trust, communication, and understanding between people and their dogs.
Rhonda Turpin, CPDT-KA has been around and loved animals all her life. Starting out by successfully training her own dogs, her passion for animals propelled her to become a professional trainer. She enrolled with Animal Behavior College (ABC) in North Ridge, CA and was officially certified by them in 2007. Upon completion of her training, she launched her own dog obedience training business, which she continues to operate. In addition to being certified in Positive Reinforcement Training, she has also become a certified mentor trainer for ABC, facilitating and providing the hands on training for other ABC students from NC, SC and TN. Rhonda continues furthering her education by going to seminars and classes.


Tristan, Rhonda, and Jenny are all members of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and committed volunteers with local animal rescue and sheltering groups. They have joined forces to help build relationships between pets and their people through positive training and make training accessible to a broader population in our community.