Certifications:

  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (iaabc.org)
  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy Evaluator (akc.org)
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers Professional Member and Canine Life and Social Skill Evaluator (apdt.com)

Education:

  • Pennsylvania State University B.S. in Psychology
  • Tufts University M.S. Psychology

Experience:

  • Owner/Lead Trainer Good Dog! Behavior Training
  • Trainer for Train a Dog Save a Warrior (tadsaw.org)
  • Mentor for Animal Behavior College (animalbehaviorcollege.com)
  • Clicker Club volunteer trainer Larimer Humane Society
  • Senior Trainer for the Western PA Humane Society

Awards:

I am proud of the work that I do and proud of the awards I have earned during my career:

  • “Pittsburgh’s Best Dog Trainer 2012” by Nicole Begley’s Best Pet Resources in Pittsburgh.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners 2011 “Make the Connection Award.”  For commitment and volunteerism to the Western PA Humane Society.
  • The 2010 Animal Behavior Management Alliance winner of “The Impact Award.”  Through lecture and hands on experiences with shelter dogs, conference attendees learned about training basics and helped train shelter dogs to make them more adoptable. Lee Nesler, Ken Ramirez and I were awarded the 2010 ABMA Impact Award, voted on by attendees as the presentation having the greatest impact at this conference!

Continuing Education:

University of Ontario Veterinary College How Dogs Learn
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Solving Canine Behavior Problems
University of Ontario Veterinary College Canine Aggression Symposium

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference 2017

Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo 2007, 2012
Animal Behavior Alliance Annual Conference 2010
Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conference 1998, 2002, 2010

Leslie McDevitt Control Unleashed Seminar
Leslie Nelson Really Reliable Recall Seminar

Dr. Terri Ryan Teaching Pet Dog Classes -Instructors Seminar
Sue Sternberg Shelter Dog Evaluation Workshop, Shelter Dog Aggression Workshop,
                            Understanding Dog Sociability

Dr. Ian Dunbar Concepts for Treating Dog Aggression Fighting, Puppy Behavior,
                              Temperament and Training Seminar, Play Training Your Dog

John Rogerson Puppy Behavior and Training
Dr. Patricia McConnell Advanced Behavior Seminar
Trish King Aggression and Adolescence
Suzanne Clothier Working with Fearful and Reactive Dogs, Building Observational Skills,
                                   Puppy Testing, Canine Structure and Function – Your Canine Athlete, Maddening to Maturity-Understanding            Adolescent Dogs
Dr. Karen Overall D.V.M Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals