Meet The Team
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the IAABC
Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed through the CCPDT
Certified Fear Free® Trainer
Lindsay is the only professionally certified dog trainer and behavior consultant in the area. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a Biological and Evolutionary emphasis from Penn State and a secondary education teaching certificate from King's College.
Her training and behavior career began with dolphins and sea lions in 2004 as an Animal Care & Training Intern for the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. From there she went on to work as a service dog trainer at Train Rite, a small service dog organization with a rewards-based training program.
When she returned to PA, Lindsay was unable to find any pet businesses in the area using the modern and humane training methods she grew accustomed to using in her previous training positions.
Never intending to own a business but unwilling to use older training methods that relied on force, pain, fear and intimidation to change behavior, Lindsay used her prior knowledge and experiences to open Courteous Canines.
She is beyond proud to have established the first rewards-based, ethical and humane animal training and behavior service in NEPA.
Certified Veterinary Technician, Trainer and Certified Fear Free Professional®
Alex graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2018 with a degree in Small Animal Science and a plan to move on to vet school. As fate would have it, in her senior year of college, Alex realized her passion for animal training and behavior and chose to pursue the behavioral path along with the medical one. In 2021, she earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Johnson College and passed her PA state licensing boards.
As a trainer and CVT, Alex has a particular interest in bringing awareness of rewards-based training and cooperative care into the veterinary field. She loves helping animals feel safe and "heard," especially when they're stressed and anxious.
As a full-time veterinary technician at White Haven Vet Hospital, Alex finds great joy in seeing her training students double as patients in her exam rooms.
Veterinary Technician, Trainer and Certified Fear Free Professional®
Caitlyn earned a B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State University while she simultaneously volunteered as a puppy sitter and a raiser for Susquehanna Service Dogs through their Roar for More program.
In 2021, Caitlyn was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School's Working Dog Center as a Research Behavior Science Intern. In this role, she helped with various research studies that dealt with Canine Development and Biomedical Detection through K9 Olfaction.
Right now, Caitlyn is a student in the L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course and is very excited to earn her title of Licensed Family Dog Mediator.
Caitlyn is not only a great teacher and trainer, she is also a Level 3 Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional and spends her time at White Haven Vet Hospital advocating for the implementation of positive reinforcement techniques in veterinary medicine.
Satisfied Owners. Happier Pets.
Becoming a satisfied customer begins with a simple click.
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!