Meet the Team


 Lead Trainer

Janet - Lead Trainer

Janet has been mentoring capable people to help with dog class though-out the years, teaching them the special methods to teach at dog class and how to solve difficult dog problems. Now after years of training, she has put together a great ‘Dog Training Team’ for you.

In 1975 Janet Bates started her dog training business in Fresno. Guaranteed Dog Training began, helping people with Janet’s special methods of training. Problem solving, tailored methods, behavioral modification and dog socialization are all in the obedience curriculum.

In 1980 Janet and GTD moved to Stockton where it operates classes in town and all surrounding areas from Manteca, Lathrop, Stockton, Lodi and the foothills. 1980 is also when Marion, Janet’s mother became an assistant trainer and then later held classes as well.

Janet has worked tirelessly putting together a team of trainers over the years. All capable people who have benefited from her knowledge, mentoring and special methods. That team greets you at every class and lesson.

Guaranteed Dog Training has many classes, avenues of training and lessons:

  • Obedience with behavior modification for beginners, young dogs and home pets
  • Advanced obedience classes
  • Rally classes
  • Trick dog classes
  • Agility classes
  • Private lessons
  • Canine Good Citizen and Star Puppy classes, (evaluation for AKC title is available)
  • Dog Sitting in the trainer’s home
  • Board and Train in the trainer’s home
  • Training equipment available for sale

Janet and Marion have shown and titled dogs in Obedience and Rally starting in the 80’s.

In 2019, Janet has also titled her white German Shepherd for:

  • K9 Good citizen
  • Companion Dog
  • Novice Rally
  • Intermediate Rally
  • Novice Trick Dog
  • Intermediate Trick Dog

Janet has received awards as;

  • 'Dog World Award'
  • 'Highest scoring dog in Northern California'
  • 'Seventh Highest Scoring Doberman in the nation'

Having attended many seminars and workshops with top trainers from all over the country, both Janet and Marion were able to incorporate new methods in their classes and with their training team. Many of these methods were used in classes, some still today. Continuing education for the trainers is ongoing.

Marion passed away in 2010 and has been missed greatly by all.


 Trainer & Handler

Linda - Trainer & Handler

Linda has been mentoring, assisting and teaching dog classes. Showing young people methods to teach at dog classes and how to solve difficult dog problems is something she is proud of.

From the age of three, Linda grew up with Dobermans and Boxers and was her father’s right hand at dog training and with his Security Dog business.  She learned how to train and assist her father and then later teach classes.

Growing up the child of a dog trainer, she learned many day to day things that she shares in her classes today. In 1970 Linda began training with trainers from Germany, Jerry and Joanne Smith and branched out with a line of obedience and show ring Dobermans. Through the years she has owned Dobermans, Rottweilers and Weimaraners and still actively breeds, competes and shows today. Earning many AKC titles and accomplishments, Linda now shares that experience.

Her experiences include:
• Basic Obedience with behavior modification classes
• Urban obedience.
• Advance obedience classes.
• Rally classes.
• Agility classes.
•Trick Dog and CGC
• Private and individual lessons
• Dog sitting and pet care
• Board with training in her home.

All of Linda’s personals dogs hold AKC Champion and Grand Champion titles as well as National ranking and International titles. Many of her dogs have multiple competitions, performance and hunt titles as well.

Linda believes in continuing education and has been to many seminars with top dog trainers from all over the country and has learned many new methods.
Her favorite saying is “Give your dog a job and you will both be happy”

Debbie's Dogs

 Her Co-Trainers

Debbie - Trainer

Little did she know at the time, but, twenty-two years ago Debbie’s venture into dog training became a life long journey. Starting with King, her English Mastiff, they completed basic obedience with Guaranteed Dog Training and loved it!  So much that Debbie started helping Janet at classes for the next six years.

The second part of her journey led Debbie to rescue and fostering dogs.  Incredible learning experiences began to happen as she worked with many different breeds, personalities and behavior problems over the years.

Now she is back helping, training and working with Janet at Guaranteed Dog Training. Debbie now has three dogs of her own, a German Shepherd and two English Mastiffs.

It is very fulfilling for her to see how the dogs and their owners that are in obedience class progress each week.  Debbie is also working with agility classes and other diverse training classes that Guaranteed Dog Training offers.

Debbie is very knowledgeable, capable and experienced in many types and phases of dog training and is truly an asset.  We look forward to watching her journey and working with her.  So glad she is part of the GTD team!



JoseLuis - Trainer

JoseLuis has been a lover of dogs all his life. He was first introduced to dog training 19 yrs. ago in 2002. His family had a difficult dog back then and began attending classes with Guaranteed Dog Training.

His family's dog was a wonderful but handful of work. She was dog aggressive, exhibited dominant behavior with children, and was an escape artist. His family turned to Guarantee Dog Training and the journey began.

No one would have predicted that this difficult dog would take JoseLuis and his family through not only beginning and advanced obedience but also agility!  He and his family went on to adopt two more rescues and train them through Janet’s classes as well.

JoseLuis has used the lessons he learned at an early age from Janet and the team at Guaranteed Dog Training to properly train and care for all of his dogs.

Today JoseLuis has a new dog Maya, a Husky. His dedication to learning and working with Janet as his
Mentor has helped his talent to train grow. He is committed to learning and sharing. Always humble, curious and seeking knowledge from other trainers makes him a quiet force and an asset to the team. 

Dog training is his passion and JoseLuis admits that although his journey has been almost his entire life, it really has just begun.

Jessica and Hazelnut 2



Jessica - Trainer

As a lifelong animal enthusiast with a passion for both dogs and training, Jessica assisted her dad in training their Labs. This sparked her love for well-trained canine behavior and companionship. 

As a teen Jessica successfully transformed multiple unruly senior dogs into obedient companions for most of her neighborhood. 

Years later, finding Hazelnut, her beloved puppy, won her heart but also presented challenges. The high energy her new pup has presented many obstacles new to Jessica. Knowing that her own experience and knowledge fell short at that time, Jessica sought out Janet at Guaranteed Dog Training.

Janet was up for the task so Jessica and Hazlenut started GDT classes. July 2023 was life changing for this team. 

Jessica began a new and challenging journey with her own training and as a team with Hazlenut. After completing several beginner classes, she also Completed the Advanced Class and the Agility Class.

By December they not only passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, but Hazlenut also started training with her pup to become a service dog. 

Taking classes and working with GDT put them on a rewarding path, turning puppy Hazlenut into a well-trained team and companionship! 

Jessica is eager and excitedly working to become a trainer and continues to work with dogs of all sorts.



Kim - Trainer

From the age of five, Kim was always at obedience classes watching her sister help Janet.  She learned early that dogs were her future.  She went from Guaranteed Dog Training classes as an observer to helping her sister Debbie (a GDT instructor) at nonprofit dog/cat rescues.  
Finally getting her own dog, Kim was ready to begin on her own in classes.  She chose Guaranteed Dog Training because of the influence she felt from Janet.  Knowing that GDT offered obedience, socialization and was highly reputable, she was set.

After completing obedience classes it was apparent that there were positive changes in both she and her dog. Little did she know, her journey had just begun,  then Kim participated in agility and various other classes and now also works in Janet’s office and helps assist at agility.

Kim is very calm and patient with both dogs and people.  This combination is awesome!  She sets goals and gets them done.  With Janet’s influence she will go far and make big differences.

Look for Kim at classes learning to be hands on trainer!



Tonya - Trainer

Meet Tonya, she is a lover of all animals especially cats and dogs, with a lifelong natural love and ability to work with dogs.

Tonya, her husband Dan and their oldest daughter Bryanna all have a special love for socializing dogs, but before coming to Janet at Guaranteed Dog Training they had no formal training.

Shortly before the pandemic Tonya’s family adopted a German Shephard Kiara as a companion for their current dog, Patches a Boxer. Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented proper training, so Tonya and her family sought out Janet for professional assistance.

During a private lesson it was recommended to them that they should sign up for group classes.  After completing the beginner and advanced obedience classes several times, Tonya was hooked.

Seeing firsthand just how much the classes and training helped her own dogs, Tonya and her family were eager to learn more about training.

Currently Tonya is an apprentice under Janet working towards becoming a trainer for GDT and loving the challenges. Both Dan and Bryanna are taking a slightly different direction and are volunteering their time as helpers whenever possible.



Mary - Trainer

Mary began training in 1995 with her two Great Danes. Guaranteed Dog Training offered many classes with different skill levels. Her two dogs, Asgard and Hathor completed the Basic and Advanced obedience classes and the agility class as well.

Mary said “I began training with Janet because I liked her style of teaching. Janet is positive and up beat. She listen to people’s questions and concerns. She offers insight in to various ways to correct issues that owners may have with their dog’s behavior. I enjoy meeting the people and dogs at classes. It is a thrill when a dog and owner learn to work as a team”.

Mary trained with Janet from 1995 to 2008. A new job with longer committed hours contained her training. Mary returned to training in 2021, after retirement. Mary currently trains with her Great Danes Ragnar and Bulvai. Ragnar has completed Basic Obedience, Advance Obedience and Trick class. He did a Rally Day class and has earned his AKC Novice Trick Dog Title. Bulvai has completed is Basic obedience and is working on his Advanced obedience training.

Mary specializes in training large dog breeds (Great Dane, English and Bull Mastiff and Neapolitan Mastiff). She completed conformation and obedience championship titles on three dogs in the 70’s at the Bundeseiger World Dog Show in Nurnberg Germany. Mary has trained dogs in weight pulling, agility, fast cat and cart pulling (draft work). She and her dogs pull carts in parades and at special events. Mary has adopted and trained wild Mustang horses in Western Pleasure riding.

We are very happy to have Mary as part of the team, with all her years of experience.

Greg and Alexandra

Greg and Alexandra


Greg and Alexandra - Trainer

This father daughter team has trained under Janet Bates and Guaranteed Dog training for a while. Driven by their love of dogs and knowledge gained at GDT, they are moving forward as apprentices, working towards becoming trainers.

When he was younger, Greg’s parents raised and bred small breed dogs. It was in his childhood he discovering the unconditional love and companionship of dogs.


This father daughter team has trained two large breed dogs with Guaranteed Dog Training. And now enjoys sharing the knowledge with clients in class.

Alexandra has completed many obedience classes at different levels of training and has become quite a handler. She has also completed several classes in tricks and agility with her GSD under Guaranteed Dog Training.

With Janet as their mentor, this team has become very helpful in classes.