Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC

Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, IAABC 

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 

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VETERINARY BEHAVIORIST & VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDED!!

 “Training  is a lifelong process of befriending the dog — a process of mutual  understanding and care that is most fully and satisfyingly through  gentle and considerate means.” (Stephen R. Lindsay) 

 For millennia, people have believed that the Four Sacred Directions balance the world and signify completion and wholeness. Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC  emulates this belief by using a positive dog training philosophy to  facilitate the social and spiritual relationship between canines and  their human companions. Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting emphasizes positive, force-free dog training that  gives dogs confidence and makes them eager participants in the learning process. This approach to training helps owners and their dogs work together harmoniously.  Dogs learn life skills and good manners— everything  that a canine good citizen should have—and humans learn more effective  ways of communicating with their canine partners.  For a  glimpse  of what this training can mean for you and your dog, please view the  video of River ignoring the herd of deer under the "Testimonials"  column below. I  worked with this team over a period of a few months and am delighted  that they have achieved such spectacular success with non-reactive and calm leash behavior!   

 I  am a nationally certified dog behavior specialist as well as a  certified professional dog trainer.  Many dog training "certifications"  are little more than certificates of completion issued by the same  organizations that a trainer paid in order to gain their education.  In  contrast, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants IAABC is a completely independent organization whose goals  are to standardize and support the practice of companion animal  behavior consulting through rigorous peer review and continuing  education (please see the "What is a CDBC?" page for more information on  why this certification is so important).  IAABC certification means  that my credentials have been carefully vetted by an independent board;  that I have accumulated hundreds of hours (and now approaching several  thousand) worth of hands-on experience; and that I have been deemed  professionally and ethically qualified to consult with owners about all  their dog's behavior issues.  In addition to being a Certified Dog  Behavior Consultant, I am also a certified professional dog trainer.  I  graduated with distinction in 2009 from the Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Training and Behavior, a  demanding program requiring both knowledge and skills assessment as  well as work with multiple species of animals -- in my case parrots,  chickens, llamas and cats.  I am currently the behavior and  training consultant for Cayuga Dog Rescue, one of the oldest dog rescues  in the Finger Lakes region. 


I  am a nationally certified dog behavior specialist as well as a  certified professional dog trainer.  Many dog training "certifications"  are little more than certificates of completion issued by the same  organizations that a trainer paid in order to gain their education.  In  contrast, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants IAABC is a completely independent organization whose goals  are to standardize and support the practice of companion animal  behavior consulting through rigorous peer review and continuing  education (please see the "What is a CDBC?" page for more information on  why this certification is so important).  IAABC certification means  that my credentials have been carefully vetted by an independent board;  that I have accumulated hundreds of hours (and now approaching several  thousand) worth of hands-on experience; and that I have been deemed  professionally and ethically qualified to consult with owners about all  their dog's behavior issues.  In addition to being a Certified Dog  Behavior Consultant, I am also a certified professional dog trainer.  I  graduated with distinction in 2009 from the Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Training and Behavior, a  demanding program requiring both knowledge and skills assessment as  well as work with multiple species of animals -- in my case parrots,  chickens, llamas and cats.  I am currently the behavior and  training consultant for Cayuga Dog Rescue, one of the oldest dog rescues  in the Finger Lakes region.  

Dog Writers Association of America Excellence in Magazine Writing finalist

  I am delighted to say that 2 of the articles that I have published on dog training and dog cognition have been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Dog Writers Association of America Writing Award for magazine articles about behavior or training. Only 4 articles are selected as finalists and mine were 2 of the 4! You may read these articles on the "Dog Training Articles" page.  


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TESTIMONIALS!

From Private Clients:
"Thanks  to some wonderful training we did with Laura . . . last summer, River  loves showing off how good she is at ignoring things . . . especially  lots of things!"

           Scott H.