Ashley has been working with animals as both a volunteer and as a professional since 1999, and first began offering her training services to the general public in 2006.
Her passion for seeing animals and their caretakers succeed has lead her to work with several species, including wolves, llamas, large cats, pigs, rats, dogs, domestic cats, horses, cows, and parrots. The experience of working with both predators and prey animals has given her an immense amount of insight into how learning and environment work together to create, maintain, and alter behavior, and she brings this experience into her work with clients and companion animals.
Her experiences with Sampson, her fearful-reactive American Bulldog, lends her a special empathy and understanding for owners of dogs with fearful, reactive, and aggressive behavior problems, and she shares her unique perspective on this sensitive subject when helping others with these very troubling problems.
She has helped hundreds of families, and their dogs, since 2006, including dogs in shelter and rescue environments, breeding, service, and search & rescue programs, and in many homes. Her extensive experience working with dogs from all breeds and backgrounds has provided her with a skill set unlike many other trainers and behavior consultants, and her deep understanding of how breed, experience, and environment can impact a dog’s behavior enables her to provide her clients with a detailed, custom tailored plan to instill desirable behaviors in their companions.
She is a member of many professional organizations, including the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the International Positive Dog Training Association, and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.
She has attended Animal Behavior College, and completed courses through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She has studied with Gail Fisher, completing her intensive Instructor Training Courses, and has also attended courses through Dogs Of Course! and Raising Canine.
Ashley stays fluent in the field of behavior by attending seminars, workshops, and conferences, reading the latest books and studies regarding behavior, health, and training, and keeping in constant contact with her peers.
Ashley’s experience with training and behavior is not limited to dogs, and she has recently expanded her services to include behavior help for companion parrots and their owners.