Amy graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy in July of 2012, under the instruction of Laura Monaco Torelli. She has more than 10 years experience in positive reinforcement-based training where her main focus has been helping families train their puppies through private in-home sessions and small group classes.
Amy’s teaching philosophy:
I strongly believe we should treat everyone, including the animals in our care, with respect. By creating an environment of trust, adding in a bit of fun, and building skills through positive reinforcement, we nurture a strong relationship with the furry friends we have brought into our homes. The same holds true for the people who come to us for advice and to learn; a dose of empathy and patience goes a long way to help dog owners learn the skills that help form a strong bond with their animals.
Nothing makes me happier than to witness the special relationship that develops between a dog and his family. I truly enjoy giving people the tools they need to better communicate and to strengthen their bond. There is no better training method than clicker training to foster that relationship. Wagging tails and proud owners are proof that this science-based, force-free, gentle method works.
In addition to working with her private clients, Amy also teaches group classes in her home and at the Wiggles-n-Wags training facility in Lombard, IL.
Amy has worked with several local rescues, helping foster families and adopter families. She also volunteers as a “Be a Tree” dog-bite prevention presenter with Doggone Safe.
- Two Timely Topics: Separation Anxiety and Dog-Dog Play with Nicole Wilde, Naperville, IL, August 2012
- Clicker Expo 2012, Nashville, Tennessee: lectures and labs with Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh, Julie Shaw, Kay Laurence, Michele Pouliot, and others, March 2012
- Using Classical Conditioning in the Treatment of Aggression and Anxiety with Kathy Sdao and Ken Ramirez, Lisle, IL, July 2011
- Know Way Know How three-day workshop with Kathy Sdao, in Addison, IL, March 2005
- East Coast Meets West Coast three-day seminar with Trish King and Pia Sylvani, Madison, WI, November 2004