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MEET Rusty


An honor's graduate of Animal Behavior College, a certified professional dog trainer, and a Fear Free Certified Professional who has worked under the direction of board certified veterinary behaviorist, I have been working with dogs for 20 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. As a trainer, my goal is that you and your dog learn how to become a more confident team through a relationship built on mutual trust and understanding.

Pet Partners therapy dog handler, who was voted the San Francisco East Bay's Best Private Trainer in Bay Woof magazine's 2018 Beast of the Bay Awards, I also hold professional memberships with the International Association of Animal Behavior ConsultantsAssociation of Professional Dog TrainersPet Professional Guild and Humane Dog Training Advocates. I also regularly provide mentorships for aspiring trainers through Animal Behavior College and as an international Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy.

EducationAnimal Behavior College; Purdue University, B.A. Communication, Sociology

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, FFCP, Aggression in Dogs Master Course, Pet First Aid and CPR, Pet Partners Therapy Dog Handler, AKC CGC Evaluator

Awards: "Best Private Trainer, East Bay" Bay Woof 2018; Thumbtack Top Pro, 2018 & 2019

ReviewsA five-star business on Yelp and Thumbtack; Recommended by staff and volunteers at Oakland Animal Services

Pawgress is a fully licensed, bonded and insured company based in Los Angeles, California.

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