Michelle Leone - Owner

Michelle Leone began as a student at Cape-Able Canines with the typical complaints: “My dog jumps up! She drags me down the street on walks, and is destroying the house when left alone!” With Cape-Able Canines founder Aleita Downer's guidance, Michelle learned how to channel her chocolate lab’s happy energy into good manners.

Impressed with the difference good training could make, Michelle and Meg (her chocolate lab) took every class Cape-Able Canines offered. Michelle began volunteering to help in classes, and eventually completed the Cape-Able Canines Training to Train 18 month long apprenticeship program.

When Cape-Able Canines found a permanent home at our current facility in La Mesa, Michelle left her job as a dental assistant and began providing the luxury Bed and Biscuit boarding services, and later became the Happy Campers Day Care manager.

Michelle is now the owner of Cape-Able Canines, and lives at the facility, providing round the clock, personalized attention to the dogs in her care.


Jane Glickman

Jane Glickman - Trainer

Jane Glickman also began as a student at Cape-Able Canines. Her first dog, a mixed breed, was reactive and aggressive, which originally brought her to Cape-Able Canines founder Aleita Downer. Jane took as many classes as she could and learned many valuable lessons. Jane continued to take classes with subsequent dogs, completing classes from puppy to advanced obedience, and all kinds of specialty classes. 

Her dogs have become her “demo dogs” that help her teach her group dog classes. She has participated in AKC events and her current Golden Retriever, Maia, has earned AKC titles.

Perhaps because of her background in classroom teaching, Jane loves to “do the research.” She continues to take classes from top trainers in the area, attend conferences and seminars, read the current research and attend webinars. The combination of more than 25 years of classroom experience and the 18 month Training to Train Apprenticeship program gives Jane a unique approach to dog training.  Positive reinforcement works equally well on dogs and kids! 

When Aleita decided to retire, she chose Jane to take over the training side of Cape-Able Canines.

Jane is certified as an AKC Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog and STAR Puppy evaluator, as well as an AKC Temperament Test evaluator. She is experienced in doing Pet Therapy Program Evaluations and has trained breeds ranging from Pomeranians to Mastiffs, and has expertise training dogs with physical, visual and hearing challenges. She is a member in good standing of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.