Hello, my name is Holly. I started to work professionally with animals when I was 17 years old. I have extensive experience with both domestic and exotic animals. I grew up in the Los Angeles area working in pet care at a local pet store, volunteering as a Husbandry Assistant at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, as well as a Keeper volunteer at the LA Zoo. I moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on behavior. During that period, I spent some time working in different kennel environments such as grooming, daycare, and of course, general care for cats and dogs. I spent one summer as a camp intern at the Birch Aquarium educating kids about our oceans and animals. I also volunteered at The San Diego Humane Society, working in Pet Therapy. I have had the honor of working in the Animal Care Department at Seaworld San Diego. It was at Seaworld that I met my husband Mark. We got married in 2011 and moved to Wildomar in 2013. Shortly after we moved, I attained my Dog Training Certification from Animal Behavior College in 2013. I completed my externship at Animal Friends of the Valley, training dogs to help them become more adoptable. In addition to my ABC Certification, I have built on my education by completing additional courses such as ABC's Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, Feline Management and Training, and The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons. I am a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator with the American Kennel Club (AKC), and a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). I recently earned a Fear Free Certification and I am a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College. I have a 9 year old Golden Retriever named Mia, and 1 year old Golden Retriever named Raya, and a 6 year old cat name Lilo who all like to challenge and keep me on my toes. I have a life long passion and commitment for animal behavior and love to learn everything I can from them. I am excited to help you build and strengthen your relationship with your best friend.
What is an ABC Certified Dog Trainer?
"ABC Certified Dog Trainers understand how to teach new behaviors through luring, shaping, capturing or molding and have mastered the behavioral principles of operant conditioning.
ABC Certified Dog Trainers have studied to use positive motivation training techniques as their primary training tool which will allow your dog to learn the desired behaviors while keeping alive the unique spark that makes your dog so special to you."
-Animal Behavior College