Welcome to the Partner information page! Pet professionals like vets, groomers, shelters and rescues, ethical breeders, pet stores, trainers, and behavior consultants all want the best for our human and animal clients.
I’m pleased to develop working relationships with other professionals for the mutual benefit of our clients—I’m always looking for others in our industry to refer my clients to when they need someone.
Please contact me to set up a meeting if you’re interested in learning more about me to see if I’d be a good fit for you!
Animal Shelters & Rescues
As you probably know, according to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, 47% of rehomed dogs and 42% of rehomed cats were relinquished due to “pet problems” defined as problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, size, and health problems.
One of my goals is to reduce those numbers by providing training and behavior services in our communities.
How does this benefit your shelter or rescue?
- Fewer pets relinquished for behavior problems which means more money and space to care for others for you
- More engaged community—People who love their pets love the people who help other pets, which means more support for you and your mission
- Hopefully more adoptions when people realize how much fun they can have with their pets and that they have a support network of professionals to help them through!
Cooperative Care Pet Training
There are some clients who are a joy to have.
And there are others that make you want to hide behind the counter in despair!
You love them, of course, but what if it didn’t have to be this way?
My own dogs’ fear of the vet (and groomer, more on that later) has inspired me to focus a significant amount of my education on making their visits more comfortable, and now I’d love to share that with you and your clients. Using science-based behavior modification protocols, I can help your clients learn to relax during their visits with you.
How does cooperative care benefit you?
- No more struggling to do routine exams means you can move through appointments at a more normal pace, which saves you time and money.
- Less stress means less restraint required.
- Shifting the focus from managing the patient to the exam improves the quality of your exams.
- Some symptoms will no longer be masked by elevated heart rates, blood pressure, and temperatures due to stress.
- Relaxed visits encourage your clients to come to you with health concerns sooner.
In addition to my cooperative care training, I’m also able to offer regular behavior services for your clients who are struggling to live with their pet’s problems at home. I do not offer medical advice and prefer to work with you to help behavior clients. As you know, behavioral medications work better in conjunction with behavior modification programs. If a medical condition isn’t found to be the problem, then I work with you and the client to develop a plan to help their pet, and both of you will receive regular reports on the pets’ progress.
I am committed to modern and humane techniques for behavior modification, and strongly believe in continuing education. I completed a professional certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, am a supporting member of the IAABC, and am presently preparing to take the standardized CBCC exam, which demonstrates both knowledge and experience in behavior consulting.
How does behavior consulting benefit you?
- Often leads to fewer euthanasia requests because behavior can frequently be improved.
- Less medication dispensed for behavior problems (when possible. I understand some animals will always need medication, and this point isn’t intended to take away from that.).
- Improve your client’s view of you because you assisted them in getting the additional help they needed.
- Increases client retention due to positive outcomes.
- Reduces risk of injury to staff and clients from fearful or aggressive behavior.
- Provides you with a positive trainer to refer to as recommended in the 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines.
If you’ve ever been accidentally punched in the face by a dog while trying to trim its nails or tried to clip a dog cowering so low there’s barely a space between their belly and your table, you’ll enjoy the benefits of my training!
An additional part of my cooperative care routine includes helping animals be less afraid of (and maybe look forward to!) you, your grooming tools, and even the table and salon itself.
How does this benefit you and your client?
- Less time struggling with the pet means better, faster appointments.
- Normal appointment lengths means you can schedule your day better to serve more clients.
- Fewer accidental quicked or cut pets.
- A fear free stand means a better trim (and less back pain for you!).
- Less taking a bath WITH the dog.
- Relaxed visits mean your clients are likely to come in more regularly (ie, before their dog is a matted mess or has toenails growing into paw pads).
- Less fighting lets you detect signs of health conditions and parasites during your session.
- Happy pets = happy owners (and maybe better tips?).
Breeders and Rescue Puppy/Kitten Fosters
You care for young animals during particularly sensitive times in their development! Young animals can benefit a great deal from training and behavior protocols during this time and beyond.
In addition to early learning and safe, early socialization, I can continue working with your babies when they leave for their new home to give them the best start with their new families.
How does this benefit you and your babies’ new homes?
- Takes advantage of early sensitive periods to improve socialization
- Builds comfort with regular handling procedures for the vet and grooming
- Confident young animals adapt to their new homes better
- New homes get a jump start on training
- Continuous care builds the new home’s confidence in you
Your clients already come to you for advice. Wouldn’t it be nice to know a trainer to refer them to when needed? Then you really would be all-knowing in the pet world!
I also train multiple species, so you’d have a training resource for your parrot, guinea pig, ferret, and rabbit owners.
How does this benefit you?
- Enhances your authority as a pet expert
- Improves customer satisfaction
- Builds your relationships with customers
- Provides opportunity for in-store events with a community partner
Trainers & Behavior Consultants
We may try to do it all, but we’re not always able! If you have a client with a problem you don’t work with or who is outside your area, I’m happy to lend a hand. I’m sure I’ll need similar help at some point too!
My methods are simple, humane, and science-based. If you’d like a demo or to get to know me better, I’d love to meet with you. Just send me a message!
How does this benefit you?
- Our relationship would be a two way street—I need trusted professionals to refer to as well!
- It’s always nice to have a fellow professional for support and brainstorming.
- You don’t have to take on cases you’re not familiar with or uncomfortable with.
- You don’t have to try to learn ALL THE THINGS about something you don’t deal with to satisfy the client.
- Fewer angry reviews along the lines of “they wouldn’t help me!”