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Erika Liljefelt

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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