Like many professional dog trainers, I began my path as a dog trainer by training my own dogs, all of which had "behavior issues": jumping, fear, aggression (dog to dog aggression and dog to human aggression), separation anxiety and more. My 20 years of experience of dog sitting, volunteering at shelters & rescue organizations, and training other people how to train their dog refined those skills. I have worked with a huge range of individual dogs of all breeds, backgrounds and behaviors. I trained my first two service dogs
I'm a knowledge junkie: if something is interesting to me, I will research, read and study everything I can get my hands on. Stacks of books, scholarly articles, dog professional websites, documentaries, dog science and health news, blogs, videos ...the list goes on and on. I am constantly searching for the new tips and tricks to train your dog.
Proof is in the paper: I hold a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed certification. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers is the only independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. They also hold high standards for professional conduct and require continuing education for renewal every 3 years.
I am a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The APDT creates and maintains superior industry standards and provides continuing education.
Most of my clients figure out in the first session or two that I am not training their dog, I am teaching the human! With a background in human education, language, and psychology, I translate the fancy dog trainer lingo into easy-to-understand examples. I am sensitive to the individual learning style of my clients, and customize training for those who learn differently.
University of Arizona 2010
Bachelor of Arts in English,
Minor in Education
Across Diverse Cultures
I have used just about every tool out there: Regular old leashes, clickers, flirt poles, long lines, head halters, body harnesses, slip leads, martingales, pinch collars, e-collars and more. I will be the first one to tell you that there is no magic tool. Some dogs respond beautifully on just a plain collar. Other dogs, and some humans, need a stronger tool. I explore tools that match you AND your dog to find the gentlest and most effective tool.
We do not need to use e-collars, pinch collars, slip leads, "leash pops" or other not-so-nice methods to teach our fur kids. I will show you how.
Boy oh boy, I have quite the list of experiences with dog health and medical issues! I can administer oral or injected medications, provide post-surgical and wound care, and administer basic pet first aid. I always invite my clients to ask me "Should I be worried about...." (and I always defer to your veterinarian!).
I also have human CPR certification and Wilderness First Aid certification, just in case. Let's do the "blood, sweat and tears" part, but without the blood, please!
We carry professional and general liability insurance through Business Insurers of the Carolinas, a partner of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
There is no licensing for dog trainers, but we are registered with the State of Utah and South Salt Lake to conduct business.
Bean is an Assistant Dog Trainer. She has years of experience working with her own reactive dog, Harley. Harley was reactive and aggressive towards humans and other dogs. His training process inspired her passion for dog training.
Bean has volunteered at many places over the years: training companies, doggy daycares, the Humane Society of Utah and even a service dog program. She has also taken coursework in Animal Science, including history, psychology, anatomy and physiology. Those experiences helped guide her to positive reinforcement, science-based training methods that focus on clear communication and prioritizing the dogs’ wellbeing.
Bean prefers to communicate with dogs more than humans: "Dogs' emotions are much more cut and dry. They actually overly communicate! They are clear and concise, if you know what you’re looking for." Bean is currently studying to obtain her CPDT-KA certification.
Ash takes on a dual role at Superhero Dog as an Assistant Trainer as well as Operations Assistant. She is our resident puppy whisperer. She is exceptionally patient with all the dogs, but the baby puppies most of all.
Ash brings experience in business, technology and customer service. She worked in her family's local grocery store growing up and learned firsthand what it takes to run a small business.
Ash describes her younger self as "barky lungey": afraid, confused and misunderstood. She always felt able to communicate with dogs the best, and became the dogs' voices when they needed to be heard. Ash loves to study the "why" behind behavior. She has studied canine ethology, behavior and positive reinforcement, and is currently completing a canine behavior mentorship through Pet Harmony, as well as studying for CPDT-KA certification.
Brooke is an Assistant Dog Trainer, and is quickly on her way to becoming a Lead Trainer. She spent her high school and college years volunteering at shelters and pet sitting, which naturally led to her passion for working hands-on with rescue dogs.
After college, Brooke found a position as a kennel assistant at the Humane Society of Summit County, Ohio and was hooked. She quickly advanced to an Adoption Counselor and Animal Behavior Consultant where she worked closely with Certified Professional Dog Trainers to learn dog body language, positive reinforcement techniques, and become certified herself.
Brooke is passionate about helping all animals be the best they can be, and loves to teach people how to better understand their dogs. "I want to help people build a strong relationship with their dog based on love and communication."
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers®
Miami University 2019
Bachelor's of Arts in Philosophy
Libby's wife, Mia, prefers to stay behind-the-scenes, but she is an essential part of Superhero Dog Academy. Mia is the official "Den Mother." She provides daily care and training sessions throughout the day for our board and train dogs. Mia also provides valuable feedback on training plans and sessions, and is a "helper human" for human reactive and aggressive dogs. Mia's next goal is to obtain her CPDT-KA certification.
Mia loves winning over shy dogs with lots of treats, and watching dogs with behavior issues grow into happy Superhero dogs. Just like a mama dog, she carries the puppies outside for middle of the night potty breaks. She is exceptionally skilled at getting all the dogs to look at the camera for a picture!
Mia loves all living things and spends nearly all her free time in our organic garden. After spending 27 years in corporate America, Mia is finally living her dream: #doglife
Lil Lavender's Song:
Lil' Lily Lavender
Sweet as a pea
Just as smart as she can be.
Pretty as a pansy
Tougher than a rose
We all won the puppy lottery!
Lil is an Australian Cattle Dog muttly mutt. We adopted her at 8 weeks old from Rescue Rovers. We just happened to bring her home the week of Coronoapocalypse (didn't plan that!). She loves her 80 talking buttons (and counting!) , running 20mph next to the bike, and "Play Eat" (a.k.a. training!).
Feisty ferocious Finn
Just a little yelpie Kelpie
Watch him crouch and pounce
with just a little bounce
Feisty ferocious Finn!
Finn is a Australian Koolie muttly mutt. We adopted him at 4 months old from Best Friends Animal Society. He had a rough start in Colorado, dropped off as a stray at only 6 weeks old. His first adopter brought him back because "the dog bit him when he tried to put on his collar" (hardest eyeroll ever, duh puppies bite!). He took a road trip to L.A., another to the Sanctuary in Kanab, UT, and another to us in Salt Lake City! Finn loves to be a wild wolfie in the woods, chase his big sister everywhere, and get all the cuddles from the humans.
We are proud to be a Salt Lake City local, queer and woman-owned LGBTQ+ business. We support Black Lives Matter, People of Color, and strive for racial justice. We adapt our methods to support people with disabilities. If you are an open-minded person, you are always welcomed into our “pack”!
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What to look for in a R+ Positive reinforcement professional dog training company in Salt Lake City, UT. Positive reinforcement training should be lots of fun for you and your dog!
Obedience commands can be taught to dogs young and old (yes old dogs can learn new tricks!). Puppy training at 8 weeks can make good obedience skills for the life of your dog. Don't wait to start puppy training. Teach a puppy to stop biting. Don't let puppy biting become a fun game. If your puppy is biting, just walk away from them or place them in a safe area like a dog kennel or puppy playpen. Puppy potty training and crate training go together. Make a potty routine. 8 week old puppies should be taken outside to go potty about every hour. After they go potty, puppies can have free play time! When your puppy is all tired out, give them a meal or some yummy treats or chews. Nap time!
Yes we can help with behavior issues!
Separation anxiety training should use desensitization and counterconditioning. Practice leaving in very small time increments. Give your dog enrichment activities to keep them busy while you are gone. Snuffle mats, silicone lick mats, Kongs, bones, chews, treat dispensing balls, or homemade dog puzzles can all stop dog from chewing or destroying the house.
Many dog owners struggle with dog aggression. Reactivity and aggression can look very similar. How can you tell if a dog is aggressive? Schedule a free consult with Superhero Dog Academy to help tell the difference between an excited dog, a fearful dog, and an aggressive dog.
Resource guarding is when a dog has something valuable, like a bowl of dog food, a bone or favorite toy that they are scared will be taken away. Resource guarding is the fear of losing something. Train resource guarding by offering lots of yummy treats while your dog enjoys their favorite item. Good timing is important for resource guarding so be sure to consult with a professional dog trainer.
Looking for a dog board and train in Salt Lake City Utah? We only use positive reinforcement WITHOUT e-collars! Boot camp sounds like no fun to us. We are Puppy Preschool teachers at Superhero Dog Academy! No Alphas around here, just really awesome Sidekick Humans.
Teach a puppy to fetch. We use fun games like fetch and positive reinforcement dog training to teach obedience like Stay, Come and Drop. Learn American Sign Language hand signs for dog obedience commands. Dogs respond better to visual cues like hand signs.
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