Christine graduated with honors from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers that has garnered the reputation in the industry as the “Harvard University” of Dog Trainers, earning her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) credential. She has completed advanced work in animal behavior, learning theory, dog/dog aggression, instructional design, and communications. Christine specializes in private behavior consultations for dogs, cats, and parrots. Her passion and creativity bring fun, inventive training solutions to challenging behavior problems.
Jim Ha, PhD/CAAB
Jim is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. His academic research interests are in learning more about the social behavior of animals including primates, crows, and killer whales. Jim has demonstrated consistent success in applying the knowledge he’s gained from his academic career to domestic animals living in an ever more urbanized world. Jim’s problem solving skills and teaching ability allow him to accurately diagnose problem behaviors and apply the most effective solutions for both owners and their pets.
Katherine Ayres, PhD
Katherine earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is working towards her Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist credential with the Animal Behavior Society. Katherine has trained detection dogs to track whale scat from the bow of a boat for her PhD dissertation. For the past several years, Katherine has worked to become an expert in ethology and behavior modification for pets. She offers in-home dog and cat behavior consultations as well as private dog training in the California Central Coast region.
Louisa Beal, DVM
Louisa Beal is a veterinarian with a passion for helping owners solve behavior problems with their dogs and cats. She has interned with three of the top animal behaviorists in the field. Her keen interest in animal behavior stayed with her throughout her 10-year ownership of a veterinary clinic. In 1996, she sold her veterinary practice and founded Veterinary Behavior Consultations. Louisa serves a wide area including Tacoma and Olympia where she performs private behavior consultations for dogs and cats.
Greta Kaplan, CPDT-KA/CDBC
Greta is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant earning her credential through the highly respected International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is an experienced clicker trainer who has completed all four sessions of the Cross-Species Operant Conditioning Training Workshop taught by Bob Bailey – popularly known as “chicken camp.” If Greta can train a chicken to do agility, she can teach dogs to do almost anything. She has extensive experience evaluating and remediating dog behavior issues, and in coaching owners to help their dogs both feel and behave better.