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.
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.
Cristina is a certified dog trainer, a graduate of the prestigious Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. She believes that connecting with our dogs is the foundation of pet companionship. But like all bonding experiences, whether within a species or between them, it requires time and work to grow and flourish. As the owner of DOG CONNECT, she is committed to force-free and humane practice, understanding the dog’s experience from the dog’s point of view and changing not only the dog’s behaviour but, most importantly, the underlying emotional state. DOG CONNECT offers a supportive learning environment for players at both ends of the leash and custom-designed, quantifiable, training based on realistic expectations. DOG CONNECT offers private in-person and online consultations in behaviour problems – separation anxiety, anxiety & fear, resource guarding, manners & obedience. DOG CONNECT also focuses on puppy training & socialization, helping dog parents understand that a dog’s adult behavior is pretty much determined during the first three months of a puppy’s life. Behind every dog trainer, there is always a special dog that lights up one’s inspiration to connect and urges one to learn how to help them live a happy life and become the best version of themselves. Prior to training dogs, Cristina was a sociologist. In 2016 little Forrest came into her life and convinced her to follow her passion for dogs and dog/human communication. She is a strong believer in lifetime education, science-based training methods, respect, and empathy for both pet companions and their humans.
Christa began her career with animals as a veterinary technician. Distressed by the behaviour issues her clients sought help with, Christa shifted her focus to animal training, founding Zen Critter, LLC. Zen Critter strives to use the most up-to-date scientific principles, using positive reinforcement and force-free training methods. Christa’s achievements include graduating from the Karen Pryor Academy of Professional Dog Trainers and being recognized as a SA Pro Trainer. Understanding that separation anxiety is an emotionally draining and difficult condition for guardians and their companions, Christa feels that providing science-based, compassionate support is of utmost importance. This is why she avidly pursues continuing education and professional development by attending seminars and keeping current on industry literature. Zen Critter, LLC, puts clients and their companions first, and is well respected and referred to by local veterinarians. When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their companions, Christa enjoys competing in horse trials with her pony and camping with her husband and two dogs.
Celeste began her professional career in dogs in 2003 when she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She worked for eight years as an assistant at a local veterinary clinic. This experience gives her a much deeper understanding of the physiological and health issues that may be affecting her clients’ dogs. Eventually, Celeste decided to leave the clinic and focus on training and behavior. To do so she attended the Academy of Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA where she received a Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She is also a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Celeste continues her education by attending such events as the Annual Conference of Associated Dog Trainers, Clicker Expo and selected other seminars which allows her to keep up with new developments in the field and maintain her CPDT-KA. Recently, Celeste became Level 1 Certified in TAG Teach. In 2018 Celeste attended a chicken camp with Terry Ryan. Yes, you read that right chickens! Celeste believes that it is through training a wide range of animals that you hone your training skill.
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.
Angela Gardner, CTC, CSAT, SA Pro Trainer specializes in Separation Anxiety. She is also a Behavior Consultant and Puppy Class Instructor for Marin Humane. She has 16 years of experience training dog parents and their animals, as well as consulting, teaching, and boarding dogs. She’s a graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, a Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer, and holds certificates in both Teaching Separation Anxiety in Dogs, and Animal Behavior from Marin Humane. In her off-time, Angela is an avid hiker and paddleboarder. She and her Beagle and Mini Aussie mix, Rookie, enjoy watching sunsets from the 40 foot Delta boat they call home.
Amy is the owner of Dog Gone Good on the islands of Bermuda. She provides evidence-based training services for everything from basics to separation anxiety and is dedicated to reward-based training. In addition, she runs weekly playgroups for puppies and adult dogs to help owners socialize their dogs off lead in a safe and friendly environment. She teaches the owners about dog body language, what play consists of and how to interrupt when necessary. Amy offers private sessions and group training classes. She is a City & Guild level 3 qualified dog groomer, offering holistic mobile grooming to her clients as well. Amy is a graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her CTC qualification. She has also studied with Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Sarah Whitehead, in the UK. Having graduated from some of the best courses in the world, including the SA Pro Training Certificate, Amy is well equipped to help dog owners achieve their training goals in a humane way and provide them with support, transparency and encouragement along the journey.
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.