Education and Credentials

My Commitment to Learning 

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.

My Credentials

  • 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 400 worldwide)
  • PCBC-A (Professional Canine Behavior Consultant) –  Pet Professional Accreditation Board (only one of less than 25 worldwide)
  • CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer)
  • Certified Companion Animal End-of-Life Death Doula
  • Fear Free Elite Certified Professional
  • Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator – CGC, Star Puppy, Community Canine and Urban CGC
  • Family Paws Parent Educator
  • The Family Dog Private Trainer (including all educational and bite prevention programs for schools)
  • Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) Advocate Level 1

Transparency in Dog Training

Dog training is an unregulated industry, so in the US, there are no legal or educational requirements to be a trainer.  There is no consumer protection and no recourse if someone hurts or makes your dog’s problem worse. That’s why it is so important that while you’re searching for a trainer that you know who you will be entrusting your furry family member to. Ask questions and demand transparency.  I vow to be completely transparent with my answers and methods, as I have nothing to hide.


  • Pet Professional Guild (PPG) – full member
  • National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) – full member
  • Referral Trainer for Friendship Hospital for Animals
  • Referral Trainer for Westchester SPCA
  • Referral Trainer for Behavior Vets NYC – Westchester 
  • Referral Trainer for Delhi The Street Dog Foundation
  • Referral Trainer for Yogi Street Dog Rescue
  • Referral Trainer for Second Chance Rescue NYC
  • Referral Trainer for Riverside Veterinary Care on Columbus
  • Referral Trainer for No Place Like Home Mobile Vet
  • Referral Trainer for Howard Beach Animal Hospital
  • Referral Trainer for Franklin Avenue Animal Hospital
  • Referral Trainer for Gotham Veterinary Center
  • Referral Trainer for Bargersville Veterinary Hospital
  • Certified Pet First Aid and CPR – American Safety and Health Institute
  • Red Rover Emergency Responder
  • Previous Bright and Beautiful Certified Therapy Dog team with my dog, BooBoo
  • Previous Pet Professional Guild Shelter and Rescue Committee (inception member)
  • Previous Staff Trainer for Animal Haven
  • Previous Trainer for NJ Chapter of Pets for Vets

Continuing Education & Presentations

Presenter at Family Paws: What Is A Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula, How It Changed My Life Perspective and Why I Added It To My Behavior Practice

Painful Truths: How Canine Discomfort Influences Behavior – Dr. Lisa Radosta DACVB

Calm in the Chaos – Tackling Noise Phobia in Dogs & Cats – Dr. Lisa Radosta DACVB

Medicating Mindfully: Optimizing Choices in Veterinary Behavior Practice – Dr. Lisa Radosta DACVB

Understanding Personality in Dogs: The Joint Roles of Emotion and Arousal with Dr. K Spaulding

Presenter at The Virtual Dog Conference 2021: The Need for Transparency in Animal Sheltering and Rescue

Presenter at The Pet Professional Guild: Working With Jumpy, Mouthy Shelter Dogs: Implementing A Training Plan and Reviewing Mechanics

Presenter at Family Paws Parent Educators: All About Resource Guarding

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 Elite Certification Program

Fear Free Shelters Certification Graduate

Basics of Canine Nutrition

Understanding Medical Conditions and Pain

The Biology of Aggression (Dr. Tim Lewis)

Becoming An Ally To All

Creating Inclusive Content

Creating Inclusive Learning Experience

Nutritional Approach To Comorbidities

Behavior Dogs: How to Get Them Out Alive – Maddie’s Fund

Meeting the Needs of the Behaviorally Challenged Dogs in the Shelter – Maddie’s Fund

The Least Inhibitive, Functionally Effective (LIFE) Model: With Eduardo Fernandez Ph.d

Risk Assessment of Dogs with a History of Aggressive Behavior – Dr. Pachel DACVB

Joint Supplements- Top 5 Myths, Dr. Leilani Alvarez

Presenter at Animal Haven: Bringing Home Baby: Preparing Your Dog For Your Human Arrival

Presenter at World Dog Expo 2018: Socialization and Counterconditioning in a Shelter environment

Presenter at The Pawsitive Post: Conquering The Urban Jungle: A Case Study On Fear Of The Big City

Feline Destructive Scratching Solutions

Human Directed Feline Aggression

Infectious Diseases: What Trainers Need To Know

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

Enrichment Framework for Behavior Modification Masterclass

Game Changer Meds: Trazodone, Gabapentin, Clonidine, & Benzodiazepines with Behavior Vets NYC

A New Framework for Diagnosing and Treating Separation-Related Disorders (Dr. Ariel Fagen DVM DACVB)

Canine Arthritis Management Advocate Level 1

How To Support Colleagues From Underrepresented Groups

Managing A Diverse Team

Unconscious Bias

Using Gender Inclusive Language

Driving Inclusion With Empathy

Social Justice: Cultivating Equity for All Dog Professionals

Overview of the LIFE Framework

Communicating Behavioral Euthanasia Decisions to Stakeholders- Maddie’s Fund

Finding Homes for Behavioral-Needs Dogs- Maddie’s Fund

Overview of the LIFE Framework

Resilience Conditioning for Shelter Dogs: Building Bounce Back for Life in the Real World – Behavior Vets NYC

Bark to Basics: Avoiding and Addressing Problem Behaviors through Meeting Their Fundamental Needs – Maddie’s Fund

Coaching Dog-Dog Interactions – Maddie’s Fund