Erica is the owner of Everdog Training and Behavior-based out of Somerville, MA. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Erica has called Boston her home since 2007. Erica has a passion for animal/human interaction which has driven her to pursue a professional career in training dogs and their humans. Guided by the philosophy of her schooling at The Academy for Dog Trainers, Erica exclusively practices force-free training methods. Erica is an honors graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC) and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Prior to training dogs, Erica was a sales manager. It was in 2018 that she decided to follow her dreams and make a career out of what she loves most in life – Dogs!
Emily Priestley, CTC, has been working with and handling dogs professionally for over a decade. Emily’s long career with the BC SPCA has allowed her to have a proven track record, having personally handled over 2,000 dogs. With experience with a magnitude of breeds and all problem behaviours, Emily has worked with dogs who are in desperate need of intervention and behaviour modification. As a graduate of the world-renowned Academy for Dog Trainers and accredited by the BC SPCA’s AnimalKind program, Emily is committed to using current, scientific and kind techniques, and continuing education to ensure that you’re in the hands of the most advanced methods out there. Emily is certified as an SA Pro to help humanely and effectively guide you and your dog to recovery from separation anxiety. Emily is committed to providing a non-judgmental, kind, and supportive atmosphere for both dogs and their guardians and will always be transparent about methods and techniques, allowing you to feel comfortable handing over the leash.
Doreen Potter is the owner of A2B Dog Training and Behaviour-based in Cumbria, UK. Doreen has spent most of her adult life working with dog’s, either in the training of pet owners, or competing in Obedience with her collies. Having rescued a street dog (+3 more), Doreen became engrossed in learning how to help anxious and nervous dog’s cope with life. Threw herself into learning and educating herself with positive reward-based training, to help not just the dog’s with their struggles but the dog’s guardians and family too. Giving 100% support throughout their time together. Doreen works on the dog’s struggles by understanding why they behave in a certain way. Giving the family the tools to help continue with their dog’s transformation. Doreen is now specialising in Separation Anxiety along with dog’s struggling with anxiety. Providing coaching for puppies and older dogs too. Doreen can help you wherever you live in the world and you can always get in touch for a chat.
Debbie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She has been a volunteer and a trainer at a local Animal Shelter for over 12 years. In those years, she became serious about furthering her education in the animal behavior world. Holding a number of certifications, including IAABC-ADT, Fear Free Certified Trainer and a Hernsenwerk Enrichment Mentor. She is currently working on being a certified Treat-ReTreat Mentor and being Certified in Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation. Working with shy and fearful dogs is Debbie’s specialty as well as separation anxiety. She works closely with her clients and coaches them step by step in this process. Always taking the cues from the dogs, and never rushing them. Before becoming a Dog Trainer, Debbie worked as a dental hygienist and specialized in helping fearful patients. Being empathetic, compassionate and respectful has earned her the trust of many clients and dogs alike. Debbie teaches group classes at a local shelter and provides private in-home training in the Pittsburgh area.
Toward the end of my career as a science teacher, I began studying to turn my lifelong doggy hobby into a new career. I qualified as a franchised Puppy School tutor, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a scent dog tutor, and also as a Certified Animal Behaviourist (CAB). I then decided to specialise in the issue of separation anxiety due to the real suffering it can cause in both dogs and their owners. The SA Pro training has given me the tools to really help dogs get over their home-alone issues. Although currently based in Oxfordshire, I am a northerner with a straightforward attitude and a positive belief that with the right tools we can make a big difference. Before learning about this method, I found separation anxiety cases difficult, but now am pleased and excited about the difference that is made using this clever technique.
I have been training and rehabilitating dogs (and their owners!) for 12 years, and now specialise in treating dogs with separation related disorders. I won Dog Trainer of the Year 2020 with the London Prestige Awards and have featured in The Telegraph and write monthly for Animal Talk, a national magazine in South Africa to help promote reward-based methods.
Birgitta is a certified dog trainer. Her passion is helping people with their rescue dogs and now since she is graduated as a SA Pro Trainer, she wants to help also dogs to get over their home-alone issues. She comes from the Netherlands, lived also in Germany and lives now with her husband and 4 rescue dogs in Sweden. She speaks Dutch, English, German, a little Swedish and helps people with their dogs worldwide. Dogs have always played an important role in her life. She volunteered for many years also for shelters and NGOs. She is inspired by the unconditional love of dogs towards people. That is why dogs deserve that we understand them well and that dogs, therefore, have a beautiful dog-worthy life. She introduced The Snuffle Garden Project in Holland. This dog welfare project became very popular. She organized for that reason also webinars about this topic and created an English website. In addition to her experience and passion for dogs, she has great empathy for dogs but also for their owners. She tries to tell people about their dog in a positive way, how they can better help and guide their dog. She always explains this in “normal people language” so everybody can understand.
Beth is a Behavior Consultant in Dallas, TX and she has a master degree in animal behaviour, as well as certified in Separation Anxiety. She focuses on Separation Related Behaviors, aggression and reactivity. While Beth does take all dogs from all situations, she specializes in the rescue dog and has a thorough understanding of the anxiety that they can have. Beth not only supports several rescue groups in the Dallas area but she has 4 rescue dogs herself, one of which has separation anxiety. Not only does Beth understand it from a scientific level, but also on a very personal level.
As a Professional Canine Trainer (PCT-A) and canine business owner Angel has taken numerous courses throughout his career. Julie’s SA Pro training was absolutely amazing. Angel is thrilled to have yet another amazing certification on record, and the proper tools to help those dogs suffering from such and the ability to understand SA so much more. Angel believes general behaviour training is not enough. Niche-specific training is what dogs and owners desperately need. Angel has fallen in love with helping dogs conquer their SA and owners become a better support system through such.
I’ve always had a passion for improving animal welfare by helping humans learning to train more effectively! I have conducted empirical research focused on the human/animal bond and its impact on both owners and pets during graduate school and my philosophy is that through better training and improved human/dog relationships, the number of animals relinquished to shelters will be significantly reduced! Since starting my professional career in dog training my interest has been in separation-related problem behaviors commonly known as separation anxiety. I offer fear-free separation anxiety training that focuses on pet communication, socialization, and science-based behavioral theory. In addition to be a SA Pro certified trainer, I am a certified professional dog trainer, a fear-free certified trainer, and an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional. I have many years of experience (in various capacities within the animal world, from a veterinary nurse to boarding manager, to certified dog trainer) in supporting pet owners making the needed changes in their pet’s habits. My passion and focus for the past three years have been learning all I can about canine separation anxiety-related behaviors. I have attended seminars in the subject matter and I have trained under the mentoring of one of the world’s leading experts in Separation Anxiety. I maintain my education up to date so I can provide the quality all dogs and owners deserve. My goal is to help as many owners and dogs as I can overcome the debilitating fear that makes home departures impossible and turns otherwise great dogs into fearful, unhappy dogs.