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I am a Fear Free Certified Professional!

I am a Fear Free Certified Professional!

I am proud to announce that I have achieved my Fear Free Certified Professional designation! The Fear Free movement was founded by Dr. Marty Becker in an effort "to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them." Many dog and cat guardians are reluctant to bring their companions to the veterinarian if they expect their animal will experience significant fear, anxiety or stress. This creates a barrier to care, but it doesn't need to be this way! 

There is a growing movement to help animals learn to feel comfortable with the...


Karen Pryor Academy - Trainer of the Month!

Karen Pryor Academy - Trainer of the Month!

I am very honored to have been chosen as Karen Pryor Academy's trainer of the Month. There are over 1700 KPA certified dog trainers worldwide and it feels great to be a part of a growing movement committed to using science-based, positive reinforcement strategies to help dogs and their guardians communicate well together. In this interview, I was able to revisit my journey to learn as much as possible from KPA faculty like my wonderful instructor Shelly Brouwer. Leveraging the knowledge and technical skills I was able to acquire to save animal lives in the shelter environment and keep families...