Who We Are
Suzi is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Certified Professional Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner, and a Reiki Master, with 30 years of animal behavior and training experience.
Suzi began professionally working with animals back in the early 1980’s as an assistant in a dolphin and exotic bird show. This ignited her passion for animal training and behavior. The experience led her to graduate in 1985 from the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California where she obtained a formal education in animal behavior, training, and husbandry. From there she spent several years working with a wide range of species including a tiger, leopard, vulture, many parrots and macaws, and her most enjoyable achievement…creating an entire entertainment show featuring trained house cats. (read more)
Ruth is a graduate of the distinguished Academy for Dog Trainers when it was located at the San Francisco SPCA. There, she studied with Jean Donaldson (author of Culture Clash and other award-winning dog training books) and Janis Bradley (author of Dogs Bite But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous). While at the Academy she was able to apply her classwork to training several of the SPCA shelter dogs and was exposed to a wide variety of breeds and temperaments. Since that time she has worked with hundreds of client dogs of all breed groups and with training issues that have ranged from basic obedience to severe aggression and fear-based behavior problems. (read more)
Eric is a graduate of the Northwest School of Canine Studies. A former airframe and powerplant mechanic, Eric transitioned into the animal behavior arena working cat rescue, and managing a dog daycare and training facility, as well as a holistic pet supply store. Following his academic training in animal behavior, Eric built on this foundation working with clients on individual training plans, rehabilitating dogs in the behavior department of a large rescue, and managing dog-dog interactions and training at a daycare, training and boarding facility. (read more)
Sugako, originally from Japan, started her dog training career as an intern with Companion Animal Solutions and Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue while completing degrees in Canine Behavior Analysis and Animal Assisted Therapy. She then transitioned to working with autistic children under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts. After 5 years, Sugako returned to her love of dog behavior, providing virtual services in Japan and in-person services in Washington State. (read more)
Peggy is dedicated to educating people about animal behavior and helping them solve training and behavior challenges. Peggy’s love of science, animals and teaching come together in her work at Companion Animal Solutions. After many years working in medical research, solving problems and communicating complex scientific information, she decided to put those skills to use helping pet owners. Her degree in Health Education focused on effectively conveying information to modify human behavior – the first step in changing your pet’s behavior. Her empathetic and easy-going style is focused on making the mechanics of behavior change understandable for both her human clients and their pets. (read more)
Louisa is a veterinarian with a passion for helping owners solve behavior problems with their pets. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 1984.
Louisa’s deep respect for all animals from an early age led her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Her keen interest in animal behavior drove her to complete behavior externships with three of the top animal behaviorists in the nation, at University of Pennsylvania Behavior Clinic with Victoria Voith, Animal Behavior Consultants with Peter Borchelt, and Cornell University Behavior Clinic with Katherine Houpt. At that time, there was no board certification for veterinary behavior. (read more)
Micaela Young, DVM, CPDT-KA is a veterinarian and animal trainer passionate about building connections between medical and behavior professionals to improve the wellbeing of our pets.
Dr. Young is able to integrate veterinary care with behavior and training services for the most comprehensive service and best outcomes by only seeing behavior clients who are already working with a qualified behavior consultant or trainer. Whether your pet has pain or complex medical needs affecting behavior, behavior that prevents needed veterinary care, or you need to add behavioral medication in support of an established plan, Dr. Young can work directly with you, your pet, your qualified trainer and your veterinarian to provide behavioral medication and pain assessment and support. (read more)
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