I’m Andrea. I’ve been training dogs professionally for about 5 years now. I belong to a ton of professional groups, do a ton of continuing education, and after all that I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Important, but not everything.
The difference between me and other dog trainers is that I love the other end of the leash just as much as the dogs. That’s you. I’ve found this love makes a earth shattering difference because it allows me to teach you and your dog the way you learn best!
I have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau and am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Building Blocks Academy, the American Kennel Club, and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
I focus my work on distracted, hyper, unfocused dogs as well as behavioral modification for issues including fear, reactivity, aggression, anxiety, and more. I use have an entire toolbox of techniques but mainly train using positive reinforcement techniques that focus on teaching your dog to make good choices and to listen to you in and outside your home!
When My husband and I adopted Tank, a rambunctious pit bull puppy, from a local shelter, we were referred to a local (free) punishment based trainer by the Calumet Humane Society and began group training class right away.
It started off fine. The trainer showed off the obedience skills of his own personal dogs. All of the students were impressed! Then the lessons began and then everything fell apart.
It was clear right away that this trainer used pain to teach. He required all students to use a chain choke collar. The trainer pulled up hard on Tank’s collar and made him yelp – all because he didn’t sit immediately. We dropped out.
Less than 6 months later, our friendly, loving Tank was bit by another dog – and bit back.
We worked with trainer after trainer. We met Toni Bianchi, a certified behavioral consultant (CBCC-KA) who sparked my interest in earning my Professional Dog Trainer certification. I began preparing for my dog trainer certification exam and passed in 2015. I still continue my education with seminars, books, and professional development any way I can get my hands on it.