Helping dogs and their people through separation anxiety and similar behaviors is a passion of mine because comfortable alone time is often such a relief for both the humans and the dogs. Because I know how hard life can be with difficult dogs, I am also really passionate about working with dogs through puppyhood and adolescence to create stable and resilient adult dogs. I want the dogs that I work with to be enthusiastic and unafraid learners who feel comfortable showing me how they really feel. I am a lifelong learner, and I am dedicated to continuing my education, and staying up to date on the most humane and effective ways to train.
I am a Chicago-based dog trainer focused on using science-based methods to improve the lives of dogs and their humans. I strive to provide quality training that is fun for everyone!
Graduate of the Charter Class of the SF SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, Susan has trained dogs in the behavior departments of the nation’s premier animal shelters and owns DingoGirl Dog Training. Susan trains dogs in Brooklyn, new York, and the rest of the world, using positive reinforcement based methods. Susan specializes in helping anxious and reactive dogs live happily with their peoople.
Anna loves making training enjoyable by giving humans and dogs the tools to communicate and has been working with dogs for over a decade. She began in rescue, consulting on behavior cases and serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Mighty Mutts. Anna specializes in separation anxiety, fear based anxiety and aggression, and also has a love for tricks training.
Maddie Messina is the owner of Paws for Thought Dog Training in Manhattan, NY. As a result of her work with shelter animals, pet dogs, and her graduate course studies, Maddie has an extensive and in-depth knowledge of canine behavior. She prides herself in the ability to bring this knowledge and skill-set to her work with private clients, allowing her to assist clients whose dogs have a complex set of issues that otherwise may go unaided. Maddie came to acquire the Separation Anxiety Pro certification after dealing first-hand with her own dog’s separation anxiety. She knows exactly how debilitating it can be to have a dog who cannot be left alone. Maddie is thrilled to be able to help clients gain their freedom back and most importantly teach them how to help their dog feel safe and comfortable when left alone!
I’ve been there, and understand the challenges you and your dog are facing. Let me help you get through it.
Clare Hart-Slattery is the owner and operator of Adventure Ready Dog Training. She is a Certified Training Counselor through The Academy for Dog Trainers, where she graduated with honors. She is a force free trainer and is committed to coaching owners and helping them achieve their #doggoals. She volunteers with Best Friends Animal Society, based in Utah. When she’s not training, you can find her outside rock climbing, hiking, and adventuring in the great outdoors with her husband and two pups, Dexter and Penny.
Robin is a force-free, certified professional dog trainer with over 19 years of experience in training, rescue, behavior management & animal therapy in Dallas, TX. Robin is also certified Fear Free and is a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator as well as being a Certified Separation Anxiety Pro. Robin uses force-free, science-based positive reinforcement methods only. She wants your dog to enjoy wanting to work with you and for you. And she loves seeing the tight bond that is created as the human end of the leash starts to understand what their dog is saying to them. Robin works with quite a wide variety of issues. And your dog does not have to have issues to work with a trainer. She loves working with kids and their dogs to create a beautiful bond they can grow up with. She helps people train their dogs to be registered therapy dogs as well as to go out into public with their two legged human. Dogs should have nice manners in public and Robin takes you anywhere you would like to go for training. Stores, restaurants, your kids sports games….. Separation anxiety is very scary for your dogs and Robin can help you and your furry BFF learn how to be seperated when needed.
Kristina Martin, CBCC-KA, like many trainers, grew up with an affinity for animals. Her experience in the rescue community fostered a passion and desire to dig deep into animal behavior sciences and led her to pursue multiple certifications. Aside from her obvious love for dogs, Kristina equally enjoys being a partner and coach to their humans. Kristina is continually engaged in new educational opportunities to grow as a trainer including advocating and utilizing force-free methods, as she firmly believes giving dogs choice and agency is the most effective and compassionate way to train. Kristina currently specializes in aggression and separation-related behaviors with Boss Babe Dog Training in Dallas, TX. In her free time, Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors, watching documentaries, and teaching her personal dogs —Sampson, Seven, Salem and Squeaks— new tricks!