Prior to opening Better Together Animal Training, Cari Tetzlaff served animals and the people who love them for over 10 years at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, most recently in the role of Behavior Department Manager. In this role, Cari designed and implemented behavior modification programs for both dogs and cats, assisted families struggling with behavior challenges through the shelter's surrender prevention hotline, and helped set up adopters for success when welcoming a new animal companion to their home. She also was instrumental in launching and overseeing the shelter's first formal dog behavior modification program utilizing clicker training in 2012. In 2019 Cari worked with Jackson Galaxy's team of cat behavior experts and the Greater Good Foundation to launch the Cat Pawsitive program at OAHS, improving welfare and providing behavior modification to at-risk cats. Cari has expertise in many aspects of shelter and rescue work and previously served as the Admissions Manager and Volunteer / Foster Coordinator at OAHS.
Cari enjoys working with dogs of all breeds and sizes as well as cats and other species of animals, too. She has fostered over 150 animals in the past 15 years including dogs/puppies, cats/kittens, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, rats, mice and gerbils.
She lives in Oshkosh, WI with her partner Adam and their three chihuahuas (Mordie, Lu, Tinky) as well as their cat (Pliny). All of Cari's companion animals were adopted and she has a special fondness for animals who are adapting to unexpected life changes including the challenges associated with becoming homeless, living in a shelter and transitioning to a new home environment.