Trainer Biography

Megan Judge, Training Director

Megan Judge is the owner/proprietor of Haus Juris German Shepherds.  She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from James Madison University and has served in the United States Army.  Megan has been training dogs for twenty-five years and has varied experience with animal care as a veterinary technician, scrub nurse, breeder and behaviorist.  Known internationally for the quality dogs she breeds, Megan has trained many dogs to achieve accolades to include SCHUTZHUND titles, AD, BH, and breed surveys.
Megan has also been a handler in the prestigious Sieger shows to include courage tests, show training and all facets of competition.  She is the leader of Team Haus Juris.
Prior to establishing Haus Juris German Shepherds, she was the owner of Pet Guardians in Mclean, Virginia, a business which included pet sitting, grooming and training.
She was the training director of the German Shepherd Club of Fairfax. As owner/proprietor of Haus Juris German Shepherds, she has owned and trained the number one ranked German Shepherd in North America.  Liedo vom Kuckucksland was the youngest Sieger (number one dog) in the history of the WDA.  Liedo’s progeny and the progeny of all the Haus Juris stud dogs have contributed to society by serving as patrol dogs, protection work and therapy work because of their outstanding temperament.  Many of Megan’s clients have received their Canine Good Citizen title because of her training.

Megan Judge has received a number of honors and awards including the prestigious Breeders’ Award.  Megan’s dogs are known internationally for their temperament and abilities in the show ring, work ethic and most of all for their companionship. 

Wendy Velasquez

Wendy Velasquez has been training dogs since 2001 and has trained many different canine breeds in group, private and boot camp settings. She has achieved the ultimate goal of training her own puppy from 8 weeks old, to an AD, BH and Schutzund I.  Her experience is varied in that she has trained and handled numerous dogs for work in obedience and tracking. Wendy also is very experienced in training and handling dogs for the show ring, having competed in both the AKC show ring and the German show ring since 2009. Wendy is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the America Kennel Club and has evaluated dogs for their CGC & Star Puppy program for the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Northern Virginia and for private residents since 2008.  She also leads the Haus Juris German Shepherds Puppy Seminar Program, advising new owners on the proper care of their puppies.

Sandy Sylvester

Sandra Sylvester has owned German shepherds her entire life.  She and her husband Lyman are currently the proud owners of Abby, a certified therapy dog, and Kairo who will also become a therapy dog when he turns one year old.  Sandra has a B.A. from Providence College and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law.  Sandra served in the United States Coast Guard.  She is an honors graduate from Animal Behavior College and has completed the Volhard Top Dog Training Instructors’ Course.  She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and the Northern Virginia Chapter Coordinator of Paws for Friendship, Inc.  Sandra has published a number of articles on police canines and animal cruelty.  She has trained for the Humane Society of Fairfax County and for Haus Juris German Shepherds. Sandra teaches puppy classes, basic one and two and advanced classes including therapy dog preparation and agility.

Lyman Hunter

Lyman Hunter currently owns and trains two German shepherds.  He has his B.S. R. Ph. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.  He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s of Science degree in Biodefense from George Mason University.  Lyman graduated from the Volhard Dog Camp and the Volhard Top Dog Training Instructor’s Course and will graduate from Penn Foster in March, 2013.  Lyman’s background in medicine has served his dog Abby who is a special dog with special needs.  His quiet and calm demeanor have helped a number of dogs who are fearful of men during his time at the Humane Society of Fairfax County.     

Patricia Howell

Patricia Howell is owned by 3 dogs at home; two Jack Russell Terriers and a Doberman Pinscher. She originally started training in order to provide low-income families, training services. Over the last couple years of training, she has become hooked. She is currently enrolled in the CATCH Dog Training Academy working towards the Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed and Certified Dog Behavioral Counselor certifications. Patricia has a passion for helping families that have fear aggressive dogs. When she is not training clients' dogs, she is training or competing in Flyball, Agility, Rally Obedience, or Lure Coursing. One of Patricia's current projects is trying to put a BH on one of her JRTs named Simon. Patricia has trained her dog's to the following titles: RLP, RL1, RL1X, CA, CGC, CL1-H, NTD, ITD and ATD.