Our Team Approach
Though every client is assigned their own personal SA trainer, you also benefit from the work we do together behind the scenes. We are constantly striving to fine-tune our processes and strategies to provide you and your dog the most solid relief possible. That means coming together for regular case meetings to share new ideas, put our heads together to punch through difficult cases, and make sure we’re always at our best for you.
How We Choose Our Trainers
As you can see from their bios, our team-of-trainers are highly accomplished, expert dog trainers in their own right before they began their journey with us to become Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers. We look for the very best—trainers with extensive experience in behavior modification work, the best education the industry has to offer, highly honed skill sets, and that special touch to provide the support you need to get to the finish line.
Lisa Lyle Waggoner
Lisa is a CPDT-KA, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer-Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog training and Behavior and founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, NC. A passionate advocate for science-based, force-free dog training, Lisa is a regular contributor to Whole Dog Journal, and the co-instructor of the Separation Anxiety Certification Program.
Casey, CSAT, CTC, is the owner of Upward Hound Dog Training and an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers. She has lifelong experience in the helping professions, a passion for animal rescue and welfare, and an undying love for Bruce, her own separation anxiety dog (now recovered).
Tiffany, CPDT-KA, CSAT, AAI owns Cold Nose College, Space Coast, FLA and is the only Fear Free Certified Professional in her area. Her written work can be seen in Whole Dog Journal and Barks from the Guild. Tiffany’s focus is education, and she is truly passionate about working with separation anxiety.
Tina Flores, KPA-CTP, CSAT and Puppy Start Right Instructor is the owner of Doggy Einsteins Training. Her passion for helping pet guardians learn to effectively communicate with their dogs through the use of scientifically-based, force-free training methods stems from her experience and love of her own (recovered) separation anxiety dog, Chile.
Maia Huff-Owen, M.A. M.Sc., KPA-CTP, CSAT. Maia is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a Fear-Free Certified Professional and a passionate student of animal behavior. Having come to professional dog training by way of research in graduate school, Maia has been lucky enough to have extensive and ongoing training from some of the most respected specialists in the animal behavior world. Among her best teachers, however, she counts her wonderful dog, Cliquot, whose recovery from a long list of phobias has cemented her passion to help change the lives of fearful dogs and their guardians for the better.