Amy got her start in animal welfare and behavior like many people did…she adopted a dog with behavior issues and had no idea what to do. Her journey started with a naughty rottie in New Orleans where she waded into informal training classes, dog meet-up groups, and shelter and rescue volunteering.
She went on to become the founder of Austin Pets Alive!‘s first Behavior & Enrichment Team and Trail Dog programs which she ran for several years before moving on to found non-profit organization Dogs Out Loud, serving as one of five co-directors creating programming to support the final group of dogs not making it out of Austin’s shelter system at the time; medium-large breed dogs with more resource intensive behavior needs. After over a decade of amassing education and experience, she’s finally decided to make it official and is a current student at the Ethology Institute Cambridge where she is pursuing both CPDT and CACE accreditations and a member of The Pet Professional Guild through whom she is pursuing her PCT-A accreditation.
Amy has authored numerous training, behavior, and programming resources and conducted countless training classes for adopters, volunteers, and staff in the shelter and rescue world. She also works as a public school Pre-P and PPCD Inclusion Teacher serving at-risk students at a Title I school in Austin, TX and as a Teacher Leader, providing training, mentoring, and support to early childhood teachers throughout the district. She is passionately committed to continued education and staying on top of new research, best practices, and exciting innovations.
She lives in Austin, TX with her two dogs Monkey and Finnegan. Both boys were behavior fosters and are big fans of training that’s fun and never hurts.