Tori is an avid dog lover that originally went to college to study Psychology. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Science, she adopted a 5 month old dog from a local shelter. Almost immediately, behavior problems started to show where her new companion, Cooper, was afraid to meet people, barking and lunging whenever someone came near. Tori elicited the help of a behaviorist who’s suggested technique was pinning Cooper dog against the wall and forcing him to deal with strangers that were approaching him until he emotionally shut down.
Tori knew that there must be a better, more humane way, and decided to take her passion for psychology and dogs and enrolled in the Animal Behavior College. Through their hands on educational program and apprenticeship, Tori developed the skills to handle all training situations with a positive approach and graduated as an Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer (ABCDT).
Tori furthered her expertise by successfully passing the Certified Professional Dog Trainer Exam – Knowledge Assessed, earning the title CPDT-KA. Unlike many other organizations that offer non-standardized take home tests, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers requires at least 300 hours hands on experience, references and the completion of a standardized test used nation wide. Continuing education credits are required to maintain this certification.
In October of 2015, Tori became a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC). This is a title that less than 200 people in the world have. In addition to an extensive written exam, requirements for membership include a minimum of three years and 500 hours experience in animal behavior consulting with client present, case studies, 400 hours minimum of coursework, mentor ship as well as seminars related to the core areas of competency. Continuing education credits are required to maintain this certification.
In 2016, Tori became a Victoria Stilwell Academy Mentor, and Animal Behavior College Mentor.
In March of 2017, Tori became the first Full Member in the United States to be accepted to the International Canine Behaviourists located in England. The organization's motto is "Welfare never compromised."
In 2018,the members of the International Canine Behaviourists teamed up with with other prominent organizations to form ICAN (the International Companion Animal Network), who use and recommend purely force-free methods.
Today, Tori is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, International Canine Behaviorist, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer who is constantly continuing her education. Her adopted dog, Cooper, now appropriately handles meeting new people. Her second dog, Brody, participates in evaluations and behavior modification lessons to help other dogs.
Check out news articles about us below!
5/2017: Livingston County News - "Good Stuff tour delivers free treats and advice"
4/2017: Daily News - "Elba resident first in the U.S. to be accepted to International Canine Behaviorist group"
7/2016: The Batavian - "Local dog behaviorist offers discounts for owners who turn in punishment collars"
10/2015: The Batavian - "Dog trainer becomes first certified animal behavior consultant in Genesee County"
10/2014: The Batavian - "Calling All Dogs takes its paws indoors"
6/2014: The Batavian - "Trainers specialize in training dogs with aggression issues"
Clicker training in group class with Ripley.