SF SPCA certified trainer working with dogs of all ages
This photo shows me with 3 daycare friends.
If you click on the photo, you'll be taken to the Reno News and Review page.
I love helping people and dogs understand each other. The way our learning environments are structured in most schools and life, is that we are punished for undesireable behavior.
Because we practice what we're taught, our dogs are often punished for their undesirable behavior or we live with behavior that we don't like because we don't know how to change it.
We can learn new ways of communicating if we're willing to try something different and have skilled guidance.
There is a way to teach that is based on reinforcing behavior we like. We first arrange the environment so that the right behavior is the easiest choice and then make sure that behavior provides the most reinforcement for our dogs.
If you'd like to learn how to be an effective teacher using positive reinforcement methods to teach your dog, I'd love to meet you.
I graduated from the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers in 2001. After graduation, I stayed at the SF SPCA for a 2-month internship.
I worked with trainers on their behavioral rehabilitation cases involving dog-dog reactivity and resource relinquishment before moving to Reno.
In Reno, I worked as a trainer at the SPCA of Northern Nevada.
I worked with shelter dogs, taught dog training classes, provided assessments, new volunteer orientation, and recorded adoptable dog segments for the local news.
I currently care for a few dogs at a time in my home. This gives me the opportunity to live with and observe different types of dog behavior first-hand.
I am a lifelong learner and participate in continuing education in order to maintain and enhance my knowledge.
I've audited Living and Learning with Animals professional course
one to two times per year from 2014 through February 2021.
This is an 8-session course with live lectures and access to questions and answers from class participants and teaching assistants.
Natural Encounters, Inc. offers 1-week TEC talks - naturalencounters.com
2020 NEI TEC talks
2-3 sessions per topic: Least Intrusive Principle; Prompts; Shaping; FOCUS on Raptors; Trust; Control; Motivation
Living and Learning with Animals taught by Susan Friedman, PhD
Graduate November 2013
Chicken Camp with Bob Bailey
Hot Springs, AR 2004
San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers with Jean Donaldson
Graduate May 2001
BA Art History 1993
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Florence, Italy study abroad program with the University of Connecticut
Fall 1991 to Summer 1992