Founder, Trainer, and Massage Therapist
“This place is a total zoo.”
Most of us have had that thought at one time or another, but I had that thought almost every day for 16 years because I literally worked in a zoo! 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 fun! 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.
Of course, knowing how to work with other kinds of animals doesn’t automatically make you a great dog trainer. Since I’m a big believer in learning and education (I even have a Master’s in History), I attended and 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.
FUN, SOLUTIONS-BASED TRAINING
If I learned anything from the lions and tigers and bears (oh, my!), it’s that every animal of every species is different. In the zoo, that often meant I had to stay calm, think fast, and come up with solutions that worked for each individual animal and situation. I do the same for my clients today. I understand that you and your dog are unique, and I look for creative solutions that work for your specific goals and lifestyle. You’ll get quick and easy answers when it’s appropriate and deeper insights when a little more explanation is necessary. And I will always, always keep things fun, positive and exciting for both of you! I invite you to make a positive change for you and your dog by learning more about my private training and massage packages.
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“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.