Information on Our Trainers
Dan Brinkman is Einstein Dog Training’s owner/head trainer with many years of business management experience. His background is mainly in the financial service industry working at companies like Paychex and Northwest Mutual.
Dan decided to move to Vegas for a career change in 2011. Dan and Rachael operated all 3 of their companies until Dan took over all of the training responsibilities while Rachael was on maternity leave. He has experience working with dogs of all behaviors including aggression, fear, submission, hyperactive, and just plain ol’ puppy!
He actively trains and competes in several sports including flyball, rally, barn hunt, and dock dogs. Dan and Rachael also recently starting training in protection and tracking with their demo dogs Schizo and Sequel.
Dan and Rachael Can help you achieve your dog training goals, whether you need to gain basic control of your dog, fix unwanted behaviors, or plan to compete in any number of canine sports!
Rachael and Dan are both Therapy Dog certifiers, and certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluators. They host AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes, CGC training and testing, and Community Canine (Advanced CGCA) testing. They also are Board Members for Michigan DockDogs club.
Lindsay Sharkey is Einstein Dog Training’s trainer with several years experience working with dogs, with a passion for the difficult cases.
Lindsay started her dog handling experience working at a grooming salon in her younger years . She gained hands on experience working with all different sized dogs of varied temperaments working in that position. As a military wife, she's traveled to and lived in many states in the US. Knowing that the military would move her frequently, she started volunteering as a dog socializer in Kansas City, MO at Wayside Waifs. That's when she took a special interest in rehabilitating aggressive and fearful dogs. She continued her volunteer experience at the humane society in El Paso, TX when her husband was stationed there. The couple recently moved back to MI, and Lindsay decided working with dogs was what she wanted to pursue long term. And considering her husband won't be relocated anytime soon, she sought out our program for a permanent position!
After contacting us during our hiring period, Lindsay started our apprenticeship program, learned our training methods, and was able to get her hands on multiple dogs before being hired. She has put in 100s of hours working with dogs of all behaviors including aggression, fear, dominance, and other problematic behaviors. Look for Lindsay at our Genesee County/Livingston County location.
Amanda Longo is Einstein Dog Training’s trainer that got her start working with dogs at a very young age. Amanda owned and showed Akitas growing up. That sparked Amanda's interest in working with animals, and she began volunteering and fostering dogs for Last Chance Rescue in Howell, MI at 16 years old. Not only was she volunteering there, but Amanda volunteered at the Livingston County Animal Control where she got her initial experience training dogs. She worked with them by taking them on walks and giving them socialization.
After graduation, Amanda then went on to work at a boarding facility where she learned more about training, grooming, and monitoring play groups. She was able to do one on one training with different dogs. From there, she began employment at the Last Chance Rescue working in the kennel. Amanda helped to work with dogs, evaluate temperaments, and facilitate adoptions to appropriate homes. During her employment at Last Chance, she also took an online course to become a certified veterinary assistant.
Amanda started her apprenticeship with us in late 2014, where she got more hands on experience correcting negative behaviors in dogs such as aggression and dominance. She is phenomenal with the dogs, and has been hired on as our full time trainer for board and trains. You'll meet Amanda in group class, and see her working with your dog in videos!
Lindsay Gretka is Einstein Dog Training's trainer that's been working with dogs for many years. Lindsay started working with animals as a child in 4-H, and began riding horses at the age of 7. In high school, she was on the equestrian team for 4 years. She has personally owned and trained 3 horses.
Lindsay took interest in dog training, so she started her career at Petsmart in the Pet Care department. She was trained by Petsmart to work with dogs, and was so good at her job she soon became their head trainer. Working with dogs then became her passion.
After several years of working at Petsmart, Lindsay took a strong interest in dog aggression and behavior modification. That's when she contacted Einstein Dog Training! She went through a several month intense training period with us, learning the ins and outs of specializing in correcting behavior concerns. She started her employment in the summer of 2015. Lindsay has attended multiple training seminars, taught by some of the best trainers in the country. Look for Lindsay at our Oakland County, MI location!
Rachael Brinkman is Einstein Dog Training’s owner with many years of experience training dogs for many different training disciplines. Rachael has trained her dogs for various competitive sports including obedience, rally, flyball, agility, schutzhund, barn hunt, and dock diving. She has been training for her entire life stemming from parents that were active in dog training and competition.
Rachael has several dogs that actively compete in DockDogs, Rally, Obedience, Barn Hunt, and Flyball. She enjoys training for sport, as well as for basic and advanced obedience.
Before becoming a full time trainer, she was a Veterinary Emergency Technician for 10 years and worked in the Emergency and Critical Care department at a large Referral and Emergency Clinic in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Las Vegas, NV. Rachael moved to Las Vegas in early 2009, and in 2010, she and Dan started their first dog training business. In 2011, they expanded with a 2nd dog training location in Vegas, and in early 2012, expanded into Orange County, CA with their 3rd location. After the birth of their first daughter in late 2012, Dan and Rachael decided to sell their locations and move back to Michigan to be closer to family. Soon after was the start of Einstein Dog Training!
Rachael also did one month of animal search and rescue in New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina. She has volunteered her time on multiple occasions for dog rescue, including helping host events, adoptions, spay/neuter clinics, etc. She and Dan have also donated their services for rescue groups such as French Bulldog Village, Last Chance Rescue, and Incred-A-Bull.
Maria LaCombe is Einstein Dog Training’s customer care specialist with many years of experience in the dog world. Maria's passion started with dogs, as long ago as she can remember. As a young adult, her summers were spent in Greece bringing food and water to street dogs, which led to her passion of animal rescue. For years now, Maria has been consumed with dog rescue. She works primarily for a rescue group in Mid-Michigan called Safari Animal Rescue, where she has fostered and helped animals for many years. Whether a homeless dog, or owner surrender, she knows the most important thing for that dog is training. The most effective way for an animal and human to coexist, is to learn how to communicate with each other. Once she realized this, it led her into the world of dog training. She began working with multiple trainers in the Metro-Detroit area, using troubled dogs from the rescue group that were given up for bad behavior. After seeing the transformation she was able to make with these dogs, she knew she wanted to be a trainer.
Maria also has an extensive background in customer service. She is a trained life-coach, and has many years experience working with humans to solve problems. With her history of experience with people, and her new found training experience after undergoing our dog trainer apprentice program, Maria was brought on to handle a significant amount of our customer relations. She responds to owner inquiries (email and phone), follows up with consults and lessons to ensure satisfaction, performs client consultation, and teaches group classes. Maria is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to advice about training and keeping your pet in your home. Feel free to ask her questions!