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Hannah Thiemann

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Hannah Thiemann is a separation anxiety specialist and the adoring guardian of a wonderful dog who struggles with alone time (that’s her in the picture!) She offers personalized, data-driven training for dogs worldwide who struggle with separation anxiety and other fears. Hannah is an honors graduate from The Academy for Dog Trainers, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a member of the Pet Professional Guild.

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Gabriela Hubbard

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Gabriela is offering reward-based training in the Washington, DC Metro Area. She works with ALL ages, sizes, and breeds and tailors classes to promote demonstrable learning, real-life skills, and a happy dog.

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Erika Liljefelt

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Erika is a certified trainer and behavior consultant (CTBC), committed to positive reinforcement/force-free training. Before becoming a dog trainer, she started her own dog walking company where she specialized in walking reactive dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has volunteered at shelters and assisted with various classes for puppies and adult dogs. She has a special spot in her heart for adolescent dogs and dogs that struggle with fear and anxiety. The greatest moments in dog training for her are when a fearful dog begins to trust her and when humans gain a greater understanding of their dogs. Erika’s journey started in 2002 when she adopted her first dogs on her own, two Black Lab mix littermates (yes, at the same time!), but her life went on a different path until many years later when she and her partner adopted a street dog from Taiwan who ended up having profound behavioral struggles. He was “that one dog” who put her back on the path to working with dogs and their humans. Because of her experience as the guardian of a profoundly fearful dog, she intimately understands the huge toll stress and fear can take on everyone. Erika focuses on behavioral wellness for dogs as well as supporting their humans through a variety of struggles, and she does this with empathy, patience, understanding, care, and fun. She loves her human clients as much as her canine clients. Her favorite thing to do is educate people about dog behavior and communication. In addition to becoming a certified SA Pro Trainer, Erika earned the CTBC designation at the rigorous Dog Training Internship Academy originally started by Janis Bradley. She has also taken classes through the Karen Pryor Academy, Trish King’s Academy of Dog Behavior, Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.’s Living & Learning with Animals 3-day course, and is currently enrolled in Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course. A passionate reader with a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley, she’s traded novels for avid reading in the dog behavior field, continuing education to keep up with the latest canine science, as well as attending virtual and live conferences and seminars, and attending virtual webinars, workshops, and classes with top experts in the dog training and behavior field. Erika lives with her partner and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a dog mom to Mochi, 11-yr-old Min-Pin/Rat Terrier; Beck, 5-yr-old Border Collie; and Fiona, 4-yr-old Blue Heeler mix. “I look forward to hearing from you whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or across the globe!”

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Erica Gennaro

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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!

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Emily Priestley

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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.

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Debbie Thomas

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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.

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Cristina Ispas

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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.

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Christa Shannon

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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.

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Celeste Patten

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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.

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Beth Berkobien

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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.

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