Our Pack

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”

~Roger Caras~

The Specialty Dog Training Pack

Graham Bloem


Graham is the Founder, President and Training Director of Specialty Dog Training. Graham has 17+ years of dog training experience in San Diego county from rescue organizations to a pet resort, helping dogs and their owners better understand one another and rehabilitating dogs that otherwise did not have a chance. Graham specializes in dog behavior modification, dog aggresion cases, service dog training, consulting and speaking engagements. Graham  offers his elite training skills in all levels of obedience training as well. Graham and his wife, Kyrie, founded Shelter to Soldier, CA 501c3 nonprofit, to help serve our military men and women suffering from combat-related PTSD and to continue their work in helping rescue dogs. To read more about Graham, click here.

Shan Foster

FullSizeRenderShan’s love of dogs began at an early age with his family’s hunting lab and then his own dog, a Doberman, which he began training at the age of nine. Being a military brat as a child, he had the unique opportunity to live in many different areas of the world and come in contact with many different types of dogs.  In high school and college he was able to work with numerous types of hunting dogs such as Terriers, Coon Hounds, Retrievers and Pointers. Shan earned his bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and subsequently earned a Master Canine Trainer Certification from National K-9 Learning Center of Columbus Ohio. This high level course taught many disciplines of dog training, including Pet Obedience, Assistance Dog Training for the Disabled, Scent Detection and Tracking, Search and Rescue, Personal Protection Training, Police K-9 Training, Kennel Management and Small Business Operation. At National K9, Shan trained under Scott Mueller, a founder in the training of support dogs for disabled individuals. Through his unique and vast experiences in the working dog arena, Shan has had the pleasure of working with some of the best trainers in their field as well as a large variety of dogs. Thanks to these experiences, he gained valuable insight into how different breeds of dogs behave and think. He has developed and implemented different philosophies and disciplines to his training to respond to the needs of each individual dog with which he works. Shan also has an enormous amount of experience teaching and training dog owners as well as other dog trainers. He looks forward to adding these skills and his passion to Shelter to Soldier and Specialty Dog Training. To learn more about Shan, click here

Kyrié Bloem

Kyrie and ToffeeKyrie is the Co-Founder, Vice President and Director or Operations of Specialty Dog Training and Shelter to Soldier. Working behind the scenes, Kyrié is constantly in motion working in all facets of our organizations. She is someone that wears many hats well and is a real asset. Kyrié is also Co-Founder and plays a vital role in our development team for our school, National Academy of Professional Dog Trainers (NAPDT). Though Kyrié is passionate about animals and our veterans, her academic resume is focused on nutritional sciences. To learn more about our Co-Founder, click here.

Christina Cox

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Christina is a Customer Enrollment Advisor and Dog Trainer for Specialty Dog Training. She has enjoyed working with dogs and horses her entire life and realized at a young age that being around animals is where she felt happiest. After raising many family pets, helping handle troubled dogs, and working at a boarding facility, Christina made the move to join our pack and we are thrilled to share her passion and talent with our wonderful clients. To learn more about Christina, click here.

Stephen Snyder

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We are very happy to announce that we have added another pack member to our team! Stephen has joined Shelter to Soldier & Specialty Dog Training and he is bringing his many years of professional dog training experience to our programs!

After a successful 10-year career in the animal care industry, Stephen is eager to continue his path in professional dog training. He strives to learn more every day. Born from his desire to work with service dogs, his passion to support our troops and a connection to his long time mentor, Graham Bloem, Stephen has joined the teams at Shelter to Soldier & Specialty Dog Training! While he is new to our team, he is definitely not new to this field and we are thrilled that our clients will have the opportunity to work with Stephen. You too will see his special connection with your dog(s). To learn more about Stephen and his training background, click here.

Nicky Moore


We are so happy to announce the addition of another pack member to our team! Nicky Moore is a recent graduate of Animal Behavior College’s Professional Dog Training Certification program and is eager to put her education into practice with the Specialty Dog Training and Shelter to Soldier organizations. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Nicky has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.  After years of training her own dogs, pet-sitting, and working with animals at a veterinary hospital, she decided to transition her lifelong love of dogs, and over 10 years of customer service experience into a dog training career. Read more about Nicky’s goals and her passion for animals here.

Krystyna Holc

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Krystyna is the Vice President and CFO of Goodsell and Company CPA firm. She is the financial manager for Specialty Dog Training, Shelter to Soldier, Dog Training Warehouse and our school, National Academy of Professional Dog Trainers.

Krys has a 70 pound male German Shepherd named Cooper that she rescued from Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. Krys is a long time supporter of the rescue group and always has a faithful shepherd by her side. Krystyna is one of the founders and current treasurer of our charity, Shelter to Soldier, and provides all of our accounting needs pro-bono. Her elite financial services help our companies stay on task, follow budgeting guidelines and assist us in reaching our financial goals. Read more about STS Co-Founder and Treasurer, Krystyna Holchere.

Eva M. Stimson

Eva is a very welcomed addition to our pack! Eva is the Public Relations Director for Shelter to Soldier and Specialty Dog Training. Eva specializes in strategic partnerships and helps share the mission of each of our corporate sponsors with local and national media outlets.

Eva Stimson is an award winning marketing communications specialist and is President of EMS Marketing Consulting, Inc., headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Read more about our Public Relations Director, Eva Stimson, here.


Animal Behavior College Authorized Mentor Trainer


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 San Diego Dog Trainer Graham Bloem

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With over 25 years of experience, there is no problem too big or small for our certified dog trainers

Regardless of your dog's breed, age, personality or history, we can create a customized dog training program that will fit your dog and lifestyle.

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