Melinda has completed the Dog Trainer Professional program, becoming a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). She is excited to share the incredible way to communicate with your pet called “clicker training”. With clicker training you’ll learn how to clearly communicate with your pets, no matter the species.
Melinda’s other credentials include:
Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Abilene Christian University in 2013.
Veterinary Assistant Level 2 as certified through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Informal Educator at the San Antonio Zoo in the Education Department where she shares her love of animals and conservation with guests through the zoo’s weekend programs.
Internship at the Little Rock, Arkansas Zoo where she assisted in developing and delivering conservation awareness shows, and provided behavioral training and enrichment for over 40 animals, ranging from a Bald Eagle to a baby Groundhog, to a Blue-Tongued Skink. Due to her experience with exotic animals she brings a unique perspective to her training.
As stated on the Karen Pryor Academy website, being a KPA CTP means Melinda:
Is skilled in using positive teaching and training techniques
Can customize a training program specifically designed to help you and your pet communicate and succeed together
Participates in continuing education to ensure the training you receive is based in modern research and technology
Pledges to teach and train using force-free principles so you and your dog develop a bond built on trust and respect
Because of her experience with a variety of animals, both exotic and domestic, Melinda brings a unique perspective when helping you train any pet.