How Keep Your Pet Started


I have always loved watching animals and their behaviors.  In 2011, I decided that I had a great interest in animal behavior and wanted to learn more.  I could have picked up a book and called it good.  I could have shadowed a local trainer.  I could have used 'traditional' or 'balanced' methods (i.e. prong or shock collars) because that's what others were doing.  Instead, I really wanted to understand modern, scientifically proven methods and not just accept traditional, 'that's the way we always did it' methods.  I applied for and was accepted in to school to get a master's degree in Animal Behavior Consulting and Analysis.  The program was 5 years of intense study, residencies, and internships which I completed in 2016 with the highest of honors, summa cum laude.  As many clients have told me, I found my calling!

The field of animal behavior is evolving.  I keep up with current methodologies by reading newly published literature. I am committed to providing clients with customized behavior plans using proven methods that do not stress your pet.  To learn and keep up with current methods:

  • I have completed my Master of Science degree in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling with the American College of Applied Science.

  • I have completed American Red Cross certification for Dog & Cat First Aid & CPR

  • I have completed Low Stress Handling Dogs & Cats Certified Silver certification while interning with Dr. Sophia Yin

  • I am a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

  • I am a member of The International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)

  • I am proudly approved as a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) which is committed to results based, science based force-free training and pet care

We will never forget  our rescue Kylie

and what she taught us

February 1, 2004-November 25, 2017

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Royan Bartley, Member