Founder, Trainer, and Massage Therapist
“This place is a total zoo.”
Most of us who have pets have had that thought at one time or another. I have felt that at home, and at work. For 16 years at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, I held a variety of positions, including mammal keeper, which allowed me to care for everything from anteaters to elephants. The mammals I work with today aren’t quite as exotic, but they’re just as interesting. And my zoo experience gave me much of the education and many of the skills I now use to train dogs.
HIGHLY SKILLED. HIGHLY QUALIFIED.
I’m a big believer in learning and education and have graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program. As a Certified Training Partner (KPA CPT), I’m skilled in positive training techniques and educated about using science and behavior-based methods to make training more efficient. I am trained, as well, in Pet First Aid and CPR. In addition, I’m a certified canine massage therapist. My years of working with animals taught me that behavior often has roots in both physical and emotional causes. Massage combined with positive training can help increase focus, relieve anxiety, and soothe any underlying physical pain that may be contributing to behavioral problems. In my experience, this comprehensive approach tends to have better results than either training or massage alone.
TRAIN WITHOUT PAIN.
My zoo experiences taught me that every animal of every species is different. I learned this, as well, as an owner of a fearful dog. She would lunge, and bark, and growl at people and dogs. She would not acknowledge me on a walk. And she ran from visitors. Using training and massage, I have helped her to become friendlier towards people and to ignore the dogs who bother her. She has progressed and now has a calmer, higher-quality life. I understand that you and your dog are unique, and work for your specific goals and lifestyle. I teach both you and your pup with consideration and understanding. I do not use equipment that causes pain or fear, like chokes, prong collars, or shock. Training should not be painful, either to you or your dog. Please look at my private training and massage packages for clients who need help with anxious, fearful, or reactive dogs.
“If you are looking for a trainer or massage therapist with love and
affection and patience, Lynn is the one.”
–Rosemary Webb, San Marcos
Q. All dog trainers have to be trained and certified, right?
A. Actually, the dog training industry is entirely unregulated, which means anyone can call themselves a dog trainer. To ensure you’re working with a professional, always look for certifications like the KPA CPT. This indicates that your trainer is educated, highly skilled and committed to using only humane, science-based techniques.