What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have worked in dog rescue since 2000, and I have had well over 200 foster dogs in that time. Since 2009, all of the dogs I've fostered have had serious behavioral issues, often resulting from fearfulness and anxiety. I've worked as an assistant trainer for a local trainer and developed my own curriculum in 2012. In 2015, I completed the rigorous Karen Pryor Professional Dog Training Program (KPA-CTP). In addition, I regularly participate in ongoing professional development with industry leaders, such as Drs. Sophia Yin and Dr. Karen Overall.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With no single licensing body overseeing them, trainers have vastly different approaches and knowledge about current, humane training methods. Visit and talk to trainers before committing to make sure you work well together. And if a trainer's approach conflicts with your beliefs. Stop. You can and should advocate for your dog if something makes you uncomfortable.Ask yourself how you feel about working with this trainer, how does your dog react to the trainer. Make sure you hire the right trainer for you, your family, and your dog, and don't feel the need to commit until you do find the right trainer.