Where your dog will love to learn!
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While we emphasize fun, we take your relationship with your dog seriously. It is important that your training service treats you and your dog with respect, and offers you the most up-to-date and humane information possible. You can be assured that our motto is always: "first, do no harm."
Betsy Calkins, BS, CPDT-KA
Betsy Calkins is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. (APDT)
Betsy has worked with dogs for almost 20 years. She has completed university-level courses in Canine Learning Theory and Dog Ethology, and is a strong proponent of humane, science-based training methods. She stays at the forefront of dog training knowledge and technique by regularly attending workshops held by the best instructors and theorists in the field. She has studied under Dr. Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, Pat Miller, Steve White, Sue Sternberg, Pamela Reid, Pia Silvani, Turid Rugaas, and many others.
Betsy is also a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club and helps prepare dogs for Therapy Dog evaluations. She is a 30-year resident of the South Bay beach cities and an active member of the community.
Continuing Educational Seminars
Karen Pryor, legendary dog trainer, author of Don’t Shoot the Dog, founder of the Karen Pryor Academy: Clicker Training, Positive Reinforcement Training
Kathy Sdao, Marine Biologist, Dog Behaviorist, and expert trainer: Clicker Training
Pia Silvani, Director of Training at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, "Aggression Uncovered"
Pamela Reid, PhD, University of Illinois professor and author of Excel-erated Learning, "Cutting Edge Training"
Pat Miller, Sarah Kalnajs, "Canine Behavior Problems"
Jean Donaldson, expert trainer, founder of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, and author of The Culture Clash, "Train Like It Matters"
Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, "Be a Pack Leader"