Greater Hazleton's ONLY certified professional and Fear Free® dog trainer and behavior consultant!
Work With Marine Mammals
I began my animal training career 17 years ago as an Animal Care and Training Intern for the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, CA. While working for the Navy, I gained valuable hands-on experience with training and caring for Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions. I went on to graduate from Penn State University with a B.S. in Psychology.
Work With Service Dogs
I carried my marine mammal training knowledge to Train Rite, Inc., a non-profit service dog organization in Carlsbad, CA that rescued and trained shelter dogs to help people with disabilities maintain, or regain, independence. A Hazleton native, and far from home, I began to feel horrible pangs of homesickness and made the decision to return east to be with my family.
Force-Free Pet Dog Trainer
When I arrived back in PA I was unable to find any pet businesses in the area that used the modern and humane animal training methods I used in California. Unwilling to use outdated training methods that depend on using force, pain, fear and intimidation to train animals, I started my own dog training business using scientifically-proven and evidence-based training methods (specifically, clicker training and positive-reinforcement). Convinced that people would rather not force or punish their loyal, furry friends into behaving politely, I was determined to help dog owners learn how to get their dogs to behave politely without the use of force, fear, pain or intimidation.
How Can I Help You?
My experience includes helping owners successfully resolve their dog's typical problem behaviors like house-soiling, jumping, nipping, barking, and chewing, but I have also worked with owners to resolve more serious issues like dog-dog aggression, fear issues, reactivity, resource guarding, and separation anxiety.
Certified Human Trainer (a.k.a. Teacher)
In an effort to be a better human trainer (because training humans is the hardest part), I went back to school to earn my teaching certification from King’s College in 2012. I stay up to date on the most modern training techniques through regular attendance at training seminars and workshops. I have attended four ClickerExpos, taken multiple online courses, attended workshops and seminars by world-renowned trainers, and earned my Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) title through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as well as my Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) title from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
I am a Proud Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Member of the IAABC, and Fear Free®.
Contact Me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Margie, John and Molly T.
Our puppy was showing signs of aggression that we didn't know how to handle, and would bark, growl and nip at us constantly in the evening to get us to play. When company came at Christmas time she was so scared and threatened by new people she lunged at them and barked and growled aggressively. I was feeling so stressed I was at the point of giving her up.
Molly learned so much in the four sessions with Lindsay, and we learned how to train her. When we were shown methods for training her new things, we realized she is very quick to pick things up. It became fun to reinforce the things she was learning, rather than overwhelming and stressful! Molly loves learning new things, and her 'pushiness' has improved dramatically.
Lindsay is delightful to work with. She is kind and understanding, completely relaxed around Molly, and very articulate. We were able to understand what she taught us about dog behavior and social cues, and Molly absolutely loved her. I feel so much better about our future with Molly!
Lindsay was a calm, reassuring influence when we were feeling scared and upset. She showed us how quickly Molly learns,and how much she wants to make us happy. We are so happy we found her!