I am a graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, a national certified professional dog trainer (CPDT) by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the owner of C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC. located in the Santa Fe, NM area. I am also a certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for Companion Animals.
As a staff trainer for two years at the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA, I worked with under-socialized dogs who had experienced lengthy shelter stays or scored poorly on the SAFER test. I utilized training designed both to improve the lives of the dogs while at the shelter and to prepare them for successful adoptions. I also designed and implemented the shelter's first Dog Training Internship Program (Dog TIP). In addition to private dog training and group classes, I offer one-on-one consultations on behavior modification and group dog-training classes.
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