CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed
KPA CTP Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
CSAT Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
Alice is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) with a wealth of training and behavior modification experience. She has more than a decade of experience training dogs and has worked both privately and in classes with owners. Alice graduated with distinction as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She specializes in highly personalized day-training packages for puppies, and in behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, reactivity/aggression, and other fear-based behaviors. Additionally, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she prioritizes compassionate and respectful communication with the humans at the other end of the leash!
Having worked with many adult dogs who struggle with anxiety and reactivity issues, Alice specializes in private walks for dogs who may need extra attention on walks. Alice has experience teaching reactive-dog classes and obedience classes for puppies and adult dogs, and leading playgroups for both big and small dogs. She is adept at reading the body language of dogs and managing multiple dogs safely, ensuring that all humans and animals are learning and having a good time. Alice gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and hands-on training skills working as the Lead Shelter Dog Trainer at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). There she worked on a daily basis with an immense variety of breeds, ages, types, and sizes of dogs, ranging from huge Great Danes and strong Pit bulls, to tiny dachshunds and chihuahuas. She is certified in Pet First Aid, is a Certified Pet Care Technician, and a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Alice is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Columbia University. Before becoming a professional dog trainer, she provided individual and group psychotherapy for survivors of trauma at UCSF's Trauma Recovery and Rape Treatment Center. With her bachelor of arts degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA, Alice also brings creativity and sensitivity to training plans that fit a client's needs. She enjoys using her people and dog skills to help owners live happier and less stressful lives with their dogs.
Organizations Alice has worked or volunteered with include: Bravo!Pup, East Bay SPCA, SIRIUS Dog Training, Muttville, Rocket Dog, Citizen Canine, Paws for Purple Hearts, East Bay Veterinary Service Puppy Classes, Metro Dog's Leash Monsters Class, and SF SPCA's Reactive Rover Class.
We’ll use the scientific laws of operant and classical conditioning to pair positive associations and consequences with desired behaviors, resulting in your dog enjoying and even offering the behaviors you like! Rewards like treats, praise, toys, attention, and access to desired resources keep training fun and stress-free for both of you.
This video shows the power of the positive reinforcement clicker training philosophy. Remember, it IS possible to train your dog without fear and intimidation, and it is well worth the time and investment to do so now. I applaud you for taking the time to learn more about humane and scientific methods with a certified professional.