Colleen Hitchcock 
Colleen is the owner and one of the trainers at Canine Academy. She graduated from the National K9 School of Dog Trainers and is a certified professional trainer, as well as an accredited Canine Good Citizen instructor, and a Certified Dog Trainer through the IACP. Colleen has attended seminars at Cornell University on Canine Behavior.

Colleen is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and National K9 Dog Trainers Association. Colleen was a 4-H group leader. Colleen owns three pitbulls and 3 border collies.  She competes in agility and has competed in obedience.  Her dogs have been featured in both Front and Finish as well as Borderlines Magazine.


Alex de Foucault 

Alex has been a trainer at Canine Academy for eight years after she started taking basic obedience classes here with her own dog. She was hooked and has never left!

Alex owns two German shepherds, Felon and Lukea as well as a black Lab named Kyle. She trains and competes in IPO, AKC obedience and rally, dock diving and UKC conformation. In addition, she raises puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Alex is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Evaluator and also the vice president of Niagara Frontier Working Dog Club (NFWDC). She continues to learn through seminars and workshops and takes classes from other trainers every chance she gets.

Gretchen Buckles 

Gretchen has been with us since 2006. She brings lots of wisdom and enthusiasm to class. She is a TDI evaluator as well as active member of TDI with her dog Tayto.


Her boston terriers Una, Poe, and Tayto participate and have titled in Rally, and AKC Obedience. The boston trio also enjoy doing scent work, agility as well as amusing others with their trick training.

Gretchen thoroughly enjoys helping people communicate effectively with their canine counterparts. Her dedication and devotion to dogs and their owners is a valued component of our Canine Academy team.

Sue Hejmanowski

Sue is our wonderful groomer and daycare assistant. 

Sue started as a veterinarian assistant at Suburban north and Cheektowaga veterinarian clinics. 

She owns a Smooth Fox Terrier named Colter, who brings joy and companionship to her life. 

Sue has been grooming professionally for ten years and does an excellent job with especially nervous, or aggressive dogs. 

Michelle Jezuit
Michelle graduated from Canisius College in 2015 with a degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation and a minor in biology. She began at Canine Academy in 2004, working with her miniature poodle Cassie under Colleen’s instruction through the 4H. Since then, Michelle has competed in obedience, rally obedience, and agility with Cassie. Though she no longer shows her dog, she still attends agility classes here at Canine Academy. 

Scott Thom 

Scott has been successfully competing in agility with various dogs and has numerous titles on all of them.  He recently retired his border collie, Dagger, and competes with his pit bull mix Mocha. 

Lisa Eagler 

Lisa helps out with our agility classes and teaches when needed. 

She owns numerous border collies and has multiple titles with her two border collies, Lilly and Echo. Her focus is on teamwork and having fun in agility.

We couldn't do what we do without our wonderful assistants!

Victoria, and Jennifer!