Claudia is a skilled and compassionate certified professional who is committed to using effective and humane dog training techniques. Her primary focus is to create a positive, enjoyable, and enriching training experience that strengthens the bond between you and your dog while achieving your goals. Understanding that each dog is unique and may have different learning styles and needs, Claudia tailors her methods to suit the individual, temperament, and learning pace of each dog.
Positive Reinforcement is the cornerstone of her training approach. Using positive reinforcement, which involves reinforcing desired behaviors, encourages dogs to repeat those behaviors in the future. You’ll frequently hear her say “what gets reinforced, gets repeated.”
Science-Based Methods are important to Claudia. She holds numerous nationally recognized certifications and stays up-to-date with the latest research in canine behavior and training by attending conferences, seminars and workshops. Her commitment to ongoing education ensures she provides the best possible training for you and your dog.
Holistic Approach considers various aspects of a dog's life, including diet, exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization. Claudia provides holistic advice to ensure your dog's overall well-being and ability to learn.
In 2013, Claudia was accepted into the Karen Pryor Academy, graduated top of her class, earning her Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) certification. In 2014, Claudia assisted Emma Parsons, renowned and internationally recognized dog trainer and author, certifying additional KPA trainers.
Claudia earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainers Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) certification and her Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI) certification. The CCUI certification was particularly important to Claudia because of the reactive dog work she’s done over the years. Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed program has been an important part of Claudia’s training for almost two decades.
Volunteering has always been important to Claudia. In addition to a decade of volunteering at various locations with her certified therapy dog, Zack, she volunteered with numerous dog rescue organizations. Claudia conducted seminars for volunteers and staff at Protectors of Animals, explaining how dogs use body language to communicate. She also served on the Dog Behavior Team for Dog Star Rescue evaluating rescue dogs for adoption. Claudia currently is the Director of Training for Alert Dogs for Kids, a Colorado-based program that works with families training their dogs to alert for childhood Type 1 diabetes blood sugar drops or spikes.
Claudia's accreditations and memberships include: