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Thank you so much for taking the time to explore my site. To tell you a bit about myself, I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant as well as a Certified Dog Trainer. What does that mean? I have extensive experience working with dogs who have behavioral problems such as aggression or anxiety. Dog training is an unregulated industry meaning that anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behavior specialist. The choice to pursue credentialing shows that one wishes to be held to high standards and abide by codes in place to provide clients and their beloved dogs with the best care.
I have have passed a rigorous exam that tests not only my knowledge on canine psychology and applied behavior analysis but how I apply what I know. "Our Certified Dog Behavior Consultants have passed a rigorous examination that tests their knowledge of dog training, biology, and species-specific behavior, as well as learning theory and practical training knowledge. IAABC’s certification is based on case studies, not multiple choice quizzes, and each applicant is assessed by a panel of experts in dog training and behavior.
All our consultants are bound by the IAABC Code of Ethics, which includes a commitment to using the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive effective intervention when working with your dog."-International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
I am also a certified dog trainer which means I have passed a test that focuses on my knowledge of dog training and how I apply what I know through both a multiple choice exam as well as case studies.
Force-Free training and behavior modification is not just for puppies and "pet" breeds.
I have successfully helped high drive/working dogs using force-free methods.
I began training dogs at the young age of 7. I would hop off the school bus I would then do trick training with neighborhood dogs all evening until it was time to come home for dinner. I did this throughout grade school and middle school, eventually focusing my studies on more complex behavioral issues within the canine species during college while working as a vet tech assistant.
Volunteering my services at the local rescues and SPCA is where I was able to focus on canine behavioral health and rehabilitation for dogs suffering from anxiety and aggression. I realized at this point that I didn't just want to train dogs but that I wanted to help them heal.
After earning my bachelor's degree and spending years studying training and behavior consulting by world renowned behavior specialists and trainers I finally opened my own training practice. I earned my certification as a dog trainer and most recently my certification as a dog behavior consultant.
I now work with local animal hospitals as well as board-certified veterinary behaviorists to help provide your dog with the best and most comprehensive training possible.
I believe that (just like our dogs) we can always learn more! I continue to further my education by attending seminars and conferences relevant to my field of passion: all things behavior and training. I believe that since science is always progressing so should my education.