By Appointment Only
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Coaching experts, reactivity, stereotypic behaviour, aging, problem behaviour, welfare assessments
I am a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society, which is the highest possible level of certification for an animal behaviourist. I have an MSc and a PhD in behaviour analysis from the University of Florida. I am currently a university professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia and an active researcher on the topic of companion animal behaviour and welfare and supervise students in animal welfare research. My education is in ethology, comparative cognition, and behaviour analysis. Prior to and during my university studies, I worked as a dog trainer teaching reactive dog classes, puppy and basic classes, and providing dog behaviour consulting for animal shelters. I currently teach university students principles of animal learning and animal sheltering. I am honoured to be a frequently invited speaker at dog training conferences and greatly enjoy connecting advanced behaviour analytic topics to practical solutions for dog experts.
For a list of my peer-reviewed research publications, see my Google Scholar page.
My specialties are in providing support to other dog trainers for complex cases as well as identifying empirically-based humane strategies for owners to help their dogs thrive in their environments. Owners are treated as partners in ameliorating their dogs’ problematic or abnormal behaviours, such as reactivity, stereotypy, etc. I have a passion for working with owners and non-profit organizations to improve their dogs’ care and wellbeing through welfare assessments.
I’m available to speak at professional and public seminars/workshops. Please contact me for my rates and availability. I am happy to speak on the following topics, but contact me for other topics relating to dogs, animal behaviour/learning, and animal sheltering: