I am a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed from the internationally recognized Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. (Note: please hyperlink professional dog trainer to – www.somuchpetential.com. I also am the first trainer in Hamilton County to earn Fear FreeSM Certification.Additionally, I am a certified parrot behavior consultant through the International Association for Behavior Consultants (IAABC); however, much of my concentration is on working with dogs. I offer individualized dog and puppy training and behavior consultations, using and teaching the most positive strategies for training manners behaviors as well as solving and preventing pet problem behaviors.
It has been more than 18 years now since I first began studying Applied Behavior Analysis and how it relates to pet issues. A lifelong animal lover who has shared my home with all kinds of wildlife and companion pets – including dogs, birds, gerbils, rabbits, a turtle, fish, and more – it was actually the intolerable screaming of my African Grey that caused me to search for a more humane approach to solving pet problems (and the reason I know have a bird who talks in human most of the time now instead of screaming). That’s when I discovered my first teacher and mentor, Dr. Susan Friedman, who has pioneered the use of ABA with captive and companion animals worldwide. She not only helped me solve my problem, the process of using ABA strengthened my relationship with my pets too. Dr. Friedmanopened the floodgate for me and I could not stop wanting to learn more and share what I was learning. I continue to take courses, both online and in person, from leading positive trainers and behaviorists.