Hello, thank you for taking an interest in dog training! My name is Tanya, founder of Pavlov Dog Training.
My original inspiration for becoming a professional dog trainer began while working at the Colorado Humane Society. During my employment, a clear pattern emerged. Dogs with behavior issues were the first to be relinquished and the last to be adopted.
With no dog training options, something needed to change. This inspired me to apprentice under several dog trainers at the Dumb Friends League. After an apprenticeship and lots of stumbling and fumbling, I accepted a dog trainer position. I trained dogs who failed their behavior assessment. Some dogs were enrolled for common issues like jumping. Other dogs were enrolled for serious issues like dog aggression. Working seven full years in animal shelters blessed me with the opportunity to work with thousands of dogs.
People working in animal shelters will tell you that the highs are high. And the lows are low. Nothing competes with the high of watching a dog leave the building with a loving family. Nothing competes with the low of kissing your failures on the nose, and whispering goodbye as they cross Rainbow Bridge.
Eventually it became clear that my skills were best served working with dog owners directly. This way behavior problems could be resolved before relinquishment was a consideration.
Cue, Pavlov Dog Training!