Ever since he was a young child, Steve has been enthralled by every opportunity to interact with animals. He was fortunate enough to grow up caring for dogs and live near a thriving river valley/old growth forest. It was there that Steve developed a love of all living things, from mammals to birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects and arachnids.
Prior to working at Anderson, Steve worked a variety of jobs from emergency veterinary technician, to landscaper, welder, fine artist, and chimney sweep. Ultimately, Steve found his passion in animal training, applying his knowledge to help the animals within the community to thrive. By becoming a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified training Partner (CTP), Steve learned even more that assists him in this endeavor. He feels empowered by networking with likeminded trainers.
Steve feels strongly that learning and training with multiple species lends itself to becoming a stronger trainer. While it's true that it's important to know your species, Steve feels that having a diverse group of animals to train requires a focus on the principles of behavior science and analysis to succeed.
In addition to earning his KPA CTP, Steve holds a Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA) status from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. He is a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Firmly believing in continued education, Steve has had the privilege of traveling across the country to work with a variety of species, ranging from whales to pinnipeds, raptors, deer, and many others.
Steve currently resides in Saint Charles, IL. He shares his household with a conure, a lovebird, a pair of doves, a bearded dragon, and Ralphy the pit mix.