Shanda earned her Dog Training certification from Animal Behavior College in 2012, completed her Master’s Degree in Animal Psychology from Breyer State University, obtained a Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor certificate from Penn Foster College in 2006, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1985.  She is currently working on her doctorate degree in Animal Psychology at Breyer State University.  She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in the prevention and rehabilitation of fear, phobias, aggression, and unusual behaviors.  She’s also an expert at basic dog manners, is great at working with families with children, and also provides private sessions in the client’s home.

Shanda has numerous work and volunteer experience. She has been an active Animal Welfare Advocate since 1997, founder of Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation which she served as president for two years, continues to rescue, rehab, and adoption of homeless dogs and cats,  spends her free time volunteering for the Corsicana Animal Shelter.

SHANDA’S METHOD:

  • Teaches the owner to train his/her dog and how to manage the dog’s behavior.
  • Both behavior modification and obedience training are done in the client’s home using positive training methods which will enance the pet-owner bond.
  • Once she has made the decision to consult with a client, she determines the cause of the behavior problem. This requires getting enough background information from the client, family, and possibly the vet. She explain the most likely reasons for the behavior and design a behavior program customized to fit the client’s needs.
  • She demonstrates how to get the desired behavior, prevent the problem from happening in the future, explain how and what to do when the behavior occurs, and teach the client how to manage the problem during the early stages of behavior modifications. Then the client will practice what she has explained and demonstrte it until they can confidently apply the program when she is not present.
  • Last, but not leaset, are recommendations for follow-up phone, e-mail and/or future individual consultations. Helping the client understand the problem and showing them how to manage the environment in a safe way using a leadership program, rather than allowing the pet to control the environment, builds a pet relationship.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • International Association of Canine Professionals

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Founder: Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation since 2003
  • 2003 – present: Volunteer @ Corsicana Animal Shelter
  • 2003 – present: Rescue, Rehab, and Adoption of homeless dogs and cats
  • 2003 – 2005: President, Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation
  • 1997 – present: Animal Welfare Advocate

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D., Animal Psychology, Breyer State University – in progress
  • Dog Training Certification, Animal Behavior College
  • M.S., Animal Psychology, Breyer State University
  • Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor, Penn Foster College
  • B.S., Pyschology, Texas A&M University
  • A.S., Psychology, Navarro College