Allison is a graduate of Jean Donaldson's prestigious The Academy For Dog Trainers where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). Through her studies in this program, she has committed herself to humane training methods based on the science behind how animals learn.
Since she was a kid, Allison has been an animal lover. She had pets growing up; dogs, cats and fish, and spent several summers attending horse camp. After taking an animal welfare course in college, Allison found a place in the animal rescue world. She strives to make the world a better place for animals to live. For close to five years, she volunteered with a local animal rescue, Ruff Start Rescue. Her duties ranged from tracking veterinary information to processing adoption applications and, after a while, assisting with behavior modification. As a result of her passion for animal welfare, Allison found her calling: dog training.
Allison currently lives with two dogs and a very supportive partner, Michael. Her dogs (pictured) are Auggie and Valentino. Auggie is six years old and has given Allison a great amount of behavior modification and management practice. Valentino, on the other hand, is a fantastic dog who would choose cuddling all day over anything. Because of his history of being abandoned, Valentino isn't required to do much as long as he is happy and healthy. Through her science-based training methods, Allison has been able to make progress with her boys and celebrates success daily. Her favorite part about training dogs is the fun that can be had during the process- for both the humans and the dogs.