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Glenn Martyn

Executive Director

D. Glenn Martyn began his professional career training dogs for TV and movies, obedience, show, field, police service, search and rescue, and tracking in 1965. In 1972 Glenn earned a BA in psychology (with high honors) from the University of Montana, followed by graduate studies, and in 1986 a secondary level teaching certificate (psychology/biology). He owned and operated Firewind Training Kennels (Missoula, Montana), a full-service boarding and training kennel for 23 years (1976-1999). In 1987, Glenn was instrumental in the establishment of PawsAbilities – Canine Partners for People with Disabilities. PawsAbilities has trained and placed Hearing and Mobility Service Dogs throughout the Western United States. Glenn has lectured at National Conferences on Service Dogs, dog problem-solving, and puppy aptitude testing. He has made presentations to assistance dog organizations, humane societies, sheriff’s departments, search and rescue, and government organizations, covering such diverse topics as: canine genetics, breeding systems, puppy selection, search and rescue tactics, dog bite prevention, and analyzing/solving dog behavior problems. In September 1999 Glenn joined the SFSPCA Hearing Dog Program as their Training Coordinator, supervising training and kennel staff operations. In July 2005 he was promoted to Director of the program, where he served until the Program’s unexpected closure in the Spring of 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Glenn served as Director of Dog Training at Bergin University of Canine Studies, a degree granting University in Santa Rosa, California. Currently he consults for a variety of animal-related organizations, including several in Japan, and provides individualized training services as well as workshops and seminars through Martyn Canine Behavior. The Hearing Dog Program is excited to have Glenn at the helm of the new HDP to share his wisdom and experience!

Ashley Torres

ASHLEY TORRES (Ashley Martyn) began training dogs at a very young age. Under the direction of her father, Glenn Martyn; who has been training dogs professionally since 1965; Ashley has spent her life immersed in the dog training world. Ashley spent much of her youth volunteering at the SF SPCA’s Hearing Dog Program until its closure in 2008. She assisted in the evaluation of potential service dogs, socialization, obedience training, and service dog task training. Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) . Although her degree concentration was Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Ashley decided she wanted to continue her career in dog training and shifted towards Animal Behavior. Ashley is now a service dog trainer for the new Hearing Dog Program based out of San Francisco. She has offered boarding and training since 2017, as well as private service dog training throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. Ashley continues to learn all she can about canine behavior and has a Master’s Degree in Human-Canine Life Sciences from Bergin University of Canine Studies.