About Serenity Dog Training

Serenity Dog Training owner Angela with American Eskimo Dog Sidney

Serenity is great! It’s so nice to have her in my corner for troubleshooting dog behaviors!

C.B.

Living and Learning with animals Certificate of Completion in Good Standing 2022
Level one TAGteach Certified
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Aggression in Dogs Master Course, Certificate of Completion website Badge

THRIVE!

Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Keeping Future Generations Safe Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator doggone safe
Rectangular website badge with closeup of small shaggy dog face on left. Words on right say Insured and bonded by Kennel Pro
Fear Free Shelters Graduate
Puppy Start Right Preschool

Professional Credentials and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Kutztown 2002)
  • Applied Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (Community College of Southern Nevada 2000)
  • Certified Level 1 TAGteacher (TAGteach International 2021)
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator (Family Dog Mediation Education Center 2023)
  • Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator ( Dognostics 2022)
  • Bronze Level Certified Trick Dog Instructor (Do More With Your Dog 2019)

Continuing Education Experiences

  • Living and Learning With Animals  (Behaviorworks-Dr Susan Freidman 2022)
  • L.E.G.S Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation Course (Kim Brophy, 2023)
  • Great Big Dog Aggression Workshop: Meds, Moods, & Modifications with Michael Shikasio and Dr Chris Pachel (2023)
  • Aggression in Dogs Mastercourse (Michael Shikashio 2023)
  • Puppy Start Right for Instructors (Karen Pryor Academy 2023)
  • Click to Calm for Instructors: Solutions for Dog Reactivity and Aggression (Karen Pryor Academy 2024)
  • Fear Free Shelter Program (Fear Free Shelters 2021)
  • Classes, workshops, and webinars at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (since 2016)
  • Webinars with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (since 2020)
  • Webinars with TAGteach International (since 2020)
  • Lemonade Conference on dog training and behavior hosted by FDSA and IAABC (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Nose to Tail: Cooperative Care Conference hosted by FDSA (2022)
  • A lifetime of living with dogs and being the “go-to” person for family and friends for all things dog
  • A lifetime of reading about all things dog (Is 100+ books on dogs too many…asking for a friend)
  • Listening to podcasts by many of the outstanding professionals in dog/animal training such as Michael Shikashio, Hannah Branigan,  Ryan Cartlidge, Deborah Jones, Denise Fenzi, and Sarah Stremming to name just a few.

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (since 2020)
  • TAGteach International (since 2021)
  • Thrive! by Dog*Biz  (since 2021)

How I Train

Many terms can describe my training philosophy. Clicker training, positive reinforcement, and force-free are a just a few. In a nutshell, I reinforce the dog for doing something I like with something he wants, often it’s food. It’s the same idea behind you getting a paycheck from your employer. In other words, you prefer to work for pay and so does your dog. 

Reinforcement drives behavior & you might as well drive it where you’d like to go!

Science supports the effectiveness of reward-based methods, making harsh tools like chokes, prongs, or e-collars (bark, shock, fence, etc) unnecessary, outdated, and potentially hazardous. Studies have shown that aggressive behavior can increase when using these tools. Rest assured, I exclusively utilize marker (aka clicker) training and abundant food rewards. 

Training should foster joy, not fear or pain, for both you and your dog, yielding enduring results. Following the recommendations of the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior (AVSAB), I prioritize rewards-based training and behavior modification. It’s effective and creates enduring results.

Woman turned slightly towards and looking down at short red dog that is looking up at her

A joy to work with. Great dog trainer who can help you with anything. Love a trainer who is very passionate and knowledgeable with the subject. Highly recommend working with Serenity Dog Training.

Lola

My Dogs

I currently live with three dogs. Darwin the Schipperke, Copper the All American Shelter Dog Special, and Sage the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Darwin is a joyful young boy who competes in conformation. He has earned his Instinct title in barn hunt, a Novice trick dog title, and a level 1 Cooperative Care Certificate. He is just beginning to put his love of sniffing to use by learning scent work. He’s also continuously working on building strong foundations for life skills, learning more cooperative care, and more tricks.

Copper, on the other hand, has brought me on the journey of rehabilitating a reactive dog. Along the way, she has earned both her Expert-level trick dog title and her level 3 Cooperative Care Certificate. She currently enjoys practicing scentwork in addition to her many other skills and tricks. She’s taught me more than a lifetime of dogs combined, especially in regards to handling for basic care. She is my inspiration for finally making the leap to professional dog training.

Sage is the newest addition to our home. She’s still learning the ropes of living with us. To date, her big accomplishments are mastering the stairs, using the dog door, and sitting! She’s such a sweet dog and loves everyone.