ABOUT ME

My goal is to help you discover the joy in training, deepen the bond between you and your dog, and engineer some optimism throughout your journey.

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Welcome! I am truly so grateful that you're here and interested in getting to know more about me.

My name is Mallory Kratimenos. Even though it was always a hobby, my career path to becoming a dog trainer has been a bit of a journey. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Health & Human Sciences, I worked for about 6 years for a consulting firm in Chicago. I am so grateful for my time, accomplishments, and all that I learned from my former career. However, I left that behind to find a career that I felt more passionate about and I am so happy to have found my purpose as a certified dog trainer!

My long journey to find myself on this path has always been intertwined with my love for animals. In college, I volunteered and eventually worked for Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette, Indiana for a couple years. I also co-founded a student organization focused on raising awareness for the welfare of animals. After graduating and starting my former career, I volunteered in a variety of positions with New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue and served on the Board of Directors for several years. 

In late 2020, I created an instagram page to share my journey with my two dogs. It was shortly after that I had my lightbulb moment and enrolled in the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Trainers online course. In Jul 2021, I gained my certification as a Victoria Stilwell Academy Certified Dog Trainer, VSA-CDT (Online). I simultaneously earned my certification as a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog.  I am also a Fear Free Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Licensed Family Dog Mediator

As a certified dog trainer, I take education very seriously. I strive to be a lifelong learner so that I can always bring the best version of myself to my clients. I am a standing member of the Pet Professional Guild and Shock Free Coalition. I have also earned my certification as a Family Dog Mediator and completed an 8 week mentorship program with the IAABC on Fear and Impulsivity. I also have further plans of continuing my education on a yearly basis. 

With two dogs of my own that have struggled with reactive behavior, fear-based aggression, and other behaviors that can be considered problematic, I have been where you are and can relate to the struggles that come along with it. My goal is to help you discover the joy in training, deepen the bond between you and your dog, and engineer some optimism throughout your journey.

TRAINING METHODS

I am committed to force-free, science-based, positive dog training methods.

My goal is to empower my learners and utilize their strengths to help achieve success in an environment where all feel safe. This goes for both you and your dog! We will use positive reinforcement to reward desired behaviors, learn how to manage your dog's environment, and implement strategies that redirect behavior onto a more desirable one.

You and your dog's emotional wellbeing is of the utmost importance to me. My training methods follow those recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and Dr. Susan Friedman's Humane Hierarchy. They do not include the use of force, fear, corrections, punishment, or aversive collars or tools. I will help you look at your dog as a whole while taking into account their learning history, environment, genetics, and self (L.E.G.S. model, Kim Brophey) in meeting both you and your dog where you are. 

Together we will focus on meeting your dog's needs, strengthening your bond, setting up an environment in which desirable behaviors are more likely to occur, and teaching your dog behaviors in a fun way. Through virtual coaching, my goal is to not only help you with your dog's behavior, but also to help you understand your dog better, craft realistic goals and expectations, and give you tools that make you feel empowered.

CERTIFICATIONS

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July 30, 2021

VSA-CDT (Online)

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

COURSES

- Dealing with the Bogeyman: Helping Fearful, Reactive, and Stressed Dogs by Dr. Amy Cook, 2021

- Management for Reactive Dogs by Dr. Amy Cook, 2021

- Sound Advice: Conquering Noise Sensitivity by Dr. Amy Cook, 2021

- IAABC Canine Impulsivity & Fear 8 week Mentorship, 2022

- Control Is An Illusion: Rethinking How We Teach for “Impulse Control," by Sarah Owings via Tromplo, 2022

CONFERENCES

- Dog Behavior Conference: April 14-16, 2021

- Dog Behavior Conference: April 1-3, 2022

READING

- Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 (Grisha Stewart)

- Canin Enrichment for the Real World (Allie Bender, Emily Strong)

- The Cautious Canine (Patricia B. McConnell)

- Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed (Leslie McDevitt)

- The Evolution of Charlie Darwin (Beth Duman)

- Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Reactive Dog (Patricia B. McConnell, Karen B. London)

- The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think (Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods)

- Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (Alexandra Horowitz)

- Love Has No Age Limit (Karen B. London, Patricia B. McConnell)

- Meet Your Dog (Kim Brophey)

- The Midnight Dog Walkers (Annie Phenix)

- The Other End of the Leash (Patricia B.  McConnell)

- The Secret Language of Dogs (Victoria Stilwell)

- Through a Dog's Eyes (Jennifer Arnold)

- Train Your Dog Positively (Victoria Stilwell)

- Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy (Zazie Todd)

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