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

Laura E. Donaldson PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, IAABC
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Professional Premium Member, APDT
Certified Puppy Start Right Preschool Instructor


Are your neighbors complaining about your dog's constant barking?  Are you tired of coming home to a chewed up house?  Is your dog's stress when you are gone stressing you out?  I can help.  Separation anxiety is a stressful and sometimes tragic disorder for both dogs and owners.  My effective training solutions build your dog's confidence so that you can leave him home without worry or guilt.



“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 dog training that gives dogs confidence and makes them eager participants in the learning process.  I teach reinforcement-based, force-free dog training that 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.

I am a nationally certified dog behavior specialist as well as a certified professional dog trainer who has more than 10 years of experience in addressing all sorts of behavior issues in dogs: barking, destructive chewing, over-arousal and fear as well as reactive or aggressive behavior towards other dogs or humans.  I also work with dogs suffering from separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety is a behavior problem that owners often find difficult to address on their own.  My approach to all these issues is multi-dimensional and utilizes the latest scientific knowledge about canine cognition, learning theory and animal behavior to restore an harmonious relationship between dogs and their human companions. 
The force free methods I advocate are the preferred training methods of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.  My service areas include the greater Ithaca New York area, including Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga counties -- and, on occasion Syracuse and Binghamton.  

    Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training, LLC is fully bonded, insured and registered for business in NYS

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