Education and Credentials

Dog training is unregulated.  It’s important to know the credentials, certifications and education your trainer has.  Here is a list of my credentials, education, certifications and continuing education.  I’m happy to explain or clarify any of these and why they’re important.


  • Bachelor of Science –The University of the State of New York at Stony Brook/Regents College
  • Certificate in Training and Counseling, CTC with Honors – The Academy for Dog Trainers (under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson)
  • CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed) – Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT) (only one of three in all of Connecticut)
  • PCBC-A (Professional Canine Behavior Consultant) –  Pet Professional Accreditation Board (only one of 12 worldwide)
  • Fear Free Elite Certified Professional
  • Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator – CGC, Star Puppy, Community Canine and Urban CGC
  • Pet Professional Guild (PPG) – full member
  • Family Paws Parent Educator
  • The Family Dog Private Trainer (including all educational and bite prevention programs for schools)
  • Bright and Beautiful Certified Therapy Dog team with my rescue dog, BooBoo
  • Referral Trainer for Delhi The Street Dog Foundation
  • Referral Trainer for Westchester SPCA
  • Referral and Staff Trainer for Gotham Veterinary Center
  • Member of Pet Professional Guild’s Shelter and Rescue Committee
  • Certified Pet First Aid and CPR – American Safety and Health Institute
  • Previous Staff Trainer for Animal Haven
  • Previous Trainer for NJ Chapter of Pets for Vets


  • The Emotional World of Dogs: New Insights into Behavior and Training with Dr. Daniel Mills
  • Fearful Dogs (Debbie Jacobs) seminar
  • Living and Learning with Animals with Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD.
  • AcademyFest seminar with Jean Donaldson at Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
  • Diploma in Personal Nutrition with Distinction – The Shaw Academy
  • How Mothers Matter: The Influence of Early Maternal Interaction on Offspring Behavior and Development
  • Update on the Science Behind CBD (Cannabidiol) Use for Pets
  • Dog Bite Prevention Week Webinar Summit
  • Fear Free Certification Program
  • Understanding Medical Conditions and Pain
  • Feline Destructive Scratching Solutions
  • Human Directed Feline Aggression
  • Infectious Diseases: What Trainers Need To Know
  • Presenter at Wold Dog Expo 2018: Socialization and Counterconditioning in a Shelter environment
  • Presenter at Animal Haven: Bringing Home Baby: Preparing Your Dog For Your Human Arrival
  • iCatCare: Getting to know your cat – An Introduction To Feline Behavior
  • Nailed It: Canine Nail Course
  • How To Muzzle Train Your Dog
  • Leave It For Leash Reactivity