Almudena Ortiz Cué is a graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and the owner of C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC. located in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. She is also a certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for Companion Animals. She is the author of two books. (See Chaco’s store for more info & purchase.)
As a staff trainer for two years at the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA, she worked with under-socialized dogs who had experienced lengthy shelter stays or scored poorly on the SAFER test. She utilized training designed both to improve the lives of the dogs while at the shelter and to prepare them for successful adoptions. She also designed and implemented the shelter’s first Dog Training Internship Program (Dog TIP). In addition to private dog training and group classes, She offers one-on-one consultations on behavior modification and group dog-training classes.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History of Art, a Master’s Degree in Folklore from the University of California at Berkeley, and a three-year degree in Commercial Photography from Brooks Institute.
Aside from her interest in animal behavior, she has been a professional photographer for twenty-five years and a college professor for over ten years, teaching a variety of topics in photography, post-colonial theory and the human body from an anthropologically perspective.