What makes Urban Pooch so special? Our staff!

Our Urban Pooch Pack is one of our greatest assets when providing your dog with the utmost love and care around the clock.  We’re so grateful to have each of them, and for they’re contributions in making Urban Pooch one of the most special places on Earth! Our staff is made up of the most amazing and talented people in Chicago. What’s more, we have lots of them – which means better care and attention for your little (or big) four-legged bucket of love!

You’ll never find that we try to “do more with fewer people.” This is unique in the Chicago market. Our goal is to always dazzle pooches and their parents with our amazing service, love, and care!

Our Management Team

Daniel Gaughan
Daniel GaughanCo-Founder
dan@urbanpooch.com
Dan is the co-owner of Urban Pooch Canine Life Center and will run the day to day operations. Dan is a native Chicagoan growing-up in the Edgewater Glen neighborhood. Dan is the youngest of 6 children and the son of the late and great Marty and Kitty Gaughan. Dan had an incredible 21 year run working behind the scenes in local television news operations here in Chicago and out in both Arizona and California. During his long career in broadcasting, Dan was in management roles overseeing staff and operations at many successful television news organizations. Dan began his broadcasting career at WLS-TV in 1989 here in Chicago and went on to play a key management role in launching CLTV then went on to work for WGN-TV and then WBBM-TV following his return to Chicago from California back in 2002. Dan won an Emmy Award for continuous coverage of The Chicago Bulls 3rd Championship.

For many years Dan had a strong desire to make a career change and to do something completely different. In July of 2007 the beginning of what would lead Dan to make such a huge leap of faith came along when he picked-up Berwyn – his 8 week old Welsh Terrier puppy from an Amish Farm in Central Illinois. Dan’s intense love for Berwyn and the experience of raising this pup planted the seed helping him realize opening a doggie daycare facility is the answer to where he wanted to be in his career and life and most importantly something that would make him incredibly happy! This began the long journey of realizing his dream of owning and operating Urban Pooch Canine Life Center on the North Side of Chicago.

Dan is so much looking forward to getting to know you and your pooch and seeing all of you every day!!

Ed Kaczmarek
Ed KaczmarekCo-Founder
ed@urbanpooch.com
Ed is the co-founder of Urban Pooch Canine Life Center, and also Chief Marketing Officer. He’s a fun, creative kind of pooch.

Ed is also Co-Founder of Brand Innovators Labs, a business designed to help major brands institutionalize the core competency of partnering with disruptive startups to build competitive advantages and ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship within the corporate environment.

Most recently, Ed was Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology at Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods Inc.) where he led innovation through a multitude of partnerships and exploration with startups in both mobile and digital. He was the architect and creator of the Mobile Futures incubator program. Through this program, he drove new levels of consumer engagement across 13 blue chip brands and ignited cultural transformation in marketing throughout the US and Brazil. Many of the programs that Ed led, contributed to Mondelez International being named 2013 Mobile Marketer of the Year.

While at Kraft Foods, he led the development of its award-winning iPhone application, the iFood Assistant—enabling the food marketer to deepen consumer relationships and implement new revenue streams. iFood Assistant won an Edison Award for Innovation in 2010.

Ed has more than 26 years of integrated marketing communications experience spanning branding, new product development, advertising, CRM and strategy. He has driven innovation both digitally and in traditional arenas during his tenure at Cadbury/Dr Pepper, VNU, DoubleClick and Draft Worldwide. Ed also published NYC Pet Project while at Good Books Publishing, a company he founded.

In 2009, Fast Company magazine named Ed as “1 of the 10 Most Creative People in Food.” He also participated on the Intel Capital Advisory Board for three years. In December 2012, Ed was recognized as one of “25 Trendsetters to Watch” by Chief Marketer magazine.

Berwyn
BerwynCEO
Berwyn loves being a pooch, and is living the dream as the CEO of Urban Pooch Canine Life Center.

He totally changed his Daddies’ lives – so much so that they decided to dedicate their lives to establishing a new level of service for pooches and their parents by bringing state-of-the-art daycare and boarding to Chicago. Berwyn is involved in all decisions, big or small. He likes being the center of attention, and sometimes growls when his Daddies pay too much attention to other pooches. But don’t let that growl fool you!

 

Meet Our Trainers

 

James Bahr
James BahrHead Trainer
Jim left his Corporate America career to follow his passion to train full time with Urban Pooch. You may have already met Jim, as he has been working at Urban Pooch for over a year as Head Agility Trainer.

Jim has over 25 years of dog training experience. He started out training his dogs in obedience first with CGC, TDI, then on to competitive obedience in AKC and UKC. After some quick success in the obedience ring, putting advanced obedience titles on his dogs, he was hooked! Obedience led to other dog sports such as Flyball (his team took 1st place in the Flyball region), Earthdog (Wire Fox Terrier titles on Earthdog), Conformation (Breed champion on his Giant Schnauzer), and Agility.

Agility quickly became his favorite and in the year 2000 he titled the first MACH wire fox terrier. The same year showing in AKC, his giant schnauzer, wire fox terrier, and miniature schnauzer received the Top Agility Dog Award in their breed. He has since put agility championships on multiple dogs of different breeds in both AKC and USDAA and qualified and attended Nationals since 2000. The most recent accomplishment was in 2014 winning the 26” division at AKC Nationals with his talented dog Pressure earning the coveted NAC (National Agility Champion) title.

Jim leads our entire talented Training team at Urban Pooch and will be teaching all levels of obedience and manners, flyball, and agility. Not only is Jim an accomplished trainer, but he is also honest, personable, pleasant and patient – you and your pooch will LOVE working with him! 

Mary Pat Jones
Mary Pat JonesAssistant Head Trainer
Mary Pat Jones has over 20 years of experience and is absolutely amazing with pooches. Mary Pat is active in the local AKC Community and a member of the Northwest Obedience Club. She is also a mentor for the Animal Behavior College, along with being an AKC Evaluator. Currently, she is training to compete in AKC Rally with her Belgian Malinois, Akira.

Earlier in her career, Mary Pat worked for PETCO. She also worked with the Humane Society assuring pet owners with bully breeds were given the proper tools and training needed to properly care for their dogs.

Mary Pat leads our Board and Train program, Reactive Classes, AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. Classes and teaches all levels of Obedience Classes at Urban Pooch. She also developed our unique Reactive/Nose Work combination class.

Along with rescue work, Mary Pat has four pooches of her own – Conor, Augusta, Akira and Tara – all who she rescued. She also has two adopted Aquatic Turtles – Tank and Skippy, Mortreouge is her Box Turtle and Grey Lord is her 13 year-old African Grey.

Most pets relinquished are due to behavior issues. Marty Pat can help you resolve any issues you may be experiencing to keep you, your pet and family all happy and together. Whether you have just adopted or have a new puppy, connect with Mary Pat, so she can help you acquire all your dog essentials. New training can even help to keep your current pooch excited and busy.

Marty Calden
Marty CaldenAgility Trainer
Marty Calden is an agility addict first competing in 2002 with a Portuguese Water Dog and later a Border Terrier and Miniature Poodles. Her poodle Kit was a 3 time AKC National Agility Finalist. A retired physician, Marty enjoys the analytic side of dog agility, always looking for ways to improve her skills and find better ways to communicate the course direction to her dogs. She gets chills when she sees a dog and handler running a course as one, in perfect harmony.

Marty has studied with many of the world’s top handlers and loves sharing her knowledge with others. She believes dog training requires an open mind and willingness to change our behavior so that the dog can change his behavior and untap his full potential. Her goal is to help students train in a positive, dog friendly way that improves the well-being of dogs and the bond between dog and owner. She enjoys teaching students at every level and her favorite moment is when the student says, “wow, that really works!”

A lifelong athlete, Marty was the first woman to receive a basketball scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and trained with the 1976 US Olympic Volleyball team. Her day job is teaching medical students and other than training her dogs her favorite way to relax is practicing the guitar and ‘ukelele.

Whitney Lamberson
Whitney LambersonAgility Instructor
Whitney Lamberson has loved dogs since childhood and after training neighbors’ dogs for years, finally got her own dog in 1991. Whitney competed in obedience when she was young and first discovered agility in 2004 and has been addicted to it ever since. Over the years, she has participated in agility competitions ranging from local trials to regional and national events.

Whitney has won multiple USDAA Regional Championships and has been a Finalist at the AKC Nationals, USDAA World Cynosport Championships and the UKI US Open Championship. Whitney wants to help make each dog/handler team the best that they can be and help them reach their individual goals through positive methods. Agility is a wonderful activity that will improve confidence and the bond between you and your canine partner regardless of age, size, breed, etc.

Sue Sentowski
Sue SentowskiCertified Nose Work Trainer
Sue is our Nose Work Instructor and brings her experience and great knowledge of the fun and exciting sport of Nose Work. She has trained her own dogs competing in a variety of dog sports – agility, rally, dock diving, and of course, Nose Work. Sue is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and competes with her dogs Splash and C.J., both of whom are currently at the NW3 level.

Sue believes that a positive training program with your dog is the best way to achieve the goals you wish to accomplish with them all the while building the relationship between human and dog.

In addition to teaching, Sue is the owner of Sue & Crew H2O, a dog swimming facility in Wood Dale, IL. Sue also does therapy work with her dog Bobber thru Pet Partners.  Sue lives in Chicago with her family and their 4 dogs C.J., Stella, Bobber and Splash.

 

Our Staff

Joshua Murphy
Joshua MurphyTraining Assistant
Despite being a lifelong cat enthusiast, Joshua has been made a dog lover via his time spent working with man’s best friend. He joined the Urban Pooch team in November as a Handler and now works as Training Assistant. In his time working with dogs, Joshua has learned there is simply no substitute for a canine’s admiration. Joshua now totally “gets it.”

Before he began working at Urban Pooch, he spent over a year cat sitting and dog walking in Evanston. He and his wife have two cats—Midna and Oscar—that take up most of their free time. However, they are looking to adopt an Australian Shepherd.

Cara Shea
Cara SheaMassage Therapist and Retail/Welcome Ambassador
Cara Shea is our resident massage therapist and Retail/Welcome Ambassador at Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center. She formerly was a part of the bathing and retail teams at Urban Pooch Canine Life Center.

Returning to the United States after spending six years as a model living in Asia, she graduated with her certification as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner from the Northwest School of Animal Massage in 2013. She is currently studying to complete her certification as a Clinical Canine Nutritionist.

Cara’s love for animals has been a lifelong passion, particularly when it comes to her four year old Australian Shepherd, Sydney! She also enjoys supporting various animal rescue organizations in her spare time.