Meet the Trainer
I’m Allison Andrews, the owner of Foothills Canine Academy and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). My formal training includes the Animal Behavior College dog training course where I graduated with honors, and three years mentoring with a Certified Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). I have been professionally training dogs since 2008. Additionally, I have over 5 years experience working in boarding and daycare facilities located in both Greenville, SC and Statesboro, GA. For the past 18 years I have enjoyed volunteering and fostering puppies and dogs with local rescue groups.
My focus has been on keeping solutions for pet parents simple and easy. And I have found great success using positive, humane, dog and people friendly methods that are easily tailored for the specific individual dog and human. I can regularly be seen walking or playing Nose Work at one of the many local parks with my dogs Maggie and Millie or my current foster dog.
Sadly, the field of dog training is completely unregulated, and there are many confusing terms out there for pet parents to sort through. Certified, Behavioral Therapist, Dog Psychologist, among others. The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers is the only independent body in the world offering a certification program. Trainers that have passed their testing and requirements are designated with a CPDT-KA. As part of my requirements as a CPDT-KA and in order to continue to stay at the forefront of the industry, I regularly pursue Continuing Education Units.
What will happen when your dog gets it right? I will communicate verbally to your dog that they are correct, and then reward that behavior. The type of reward will depend upon the dog’s motivations, what stage we are at in the training, as well as the level of difficulty. Does this mean you will always have to have a treat or toy on you? Not at all. We will teach you how to maintain your dog’s trained behavior without these rewards.
What will happen when my dog gets it wrong? At best, nothing happens. At worst, the dog loses something they wanted. I always evaluate why the dog got it wrong, so that I can make adjustments to the training to ensure they will get it right the next time.
What tools might you use for training my dog? The tool does depend on the dog, but the most common ones are: food, toys, real life rewards, verbal reward markers (to tell the dog when they did something right), praise, petting, harnesses, and head halters. Tools I will never use: Prong collars, choke collars, electronic (shock) collars.
Are there any less invasive alternatives to what I propose? I look at every situation to determine the least invasive approach, taking into consideration the severity of the problem and the abilities of the dog’s guardians. Part of my continuing education is striving to learn better techniques and strategies.
I would love to discuss my methods of training, and how I can help your dog become an enjoyable member of your family. Contact me now.
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
- Former AKC Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator
- Professional Member APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) #77777
- Animal Behavior College Dog Training Certification-Honors Graduate
- All Dogs Academy Instructors Training Course Graduate
- CATCH Mentor Trainer
- UKC Certifying Official/Judge
- Pet First Aid Certified
- Maggie-NW1/ 1st Place (High In Trial)
- Millicent-NW1, NW2, NW3, L1V, L1E
Behavior Continuing Education (sampling of recent):
- Behavior Counseling Course-John Rogerson
- How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z – Micheal Shikashio, CDBC
- Clicker Expo 2011
- APDT Conference 2010
- Working with Shy & Fearful Dogs-Nicole Wilde
- Evaluating Dogs with Behavior Concerns-Ken McCort
- Functional Assessment and Analysis-SG Friedman, PhD
- Developing Safe Relationships Between Children and Dogs-Suzanne Hetts, PhD
- Training Deaf & Blind Dogs-Jules Nye
- Effects of Domestication on Behavior-Ken McCort
- Leash Reactivity and Leash Aggression-Sarah Kalnajs
Scent Work Education:
- Mental Management for Competition-Teah Anders
- NW2 Preparation-Leah Ganglehoff
- K9 Nose Work Advanced Interior Searches-Jacy Kelley
- Advanced Canine Scentwork Problem Solving-Andrew Ramsey
- Ramsey Nosework Method Foundations-Andrew Ramsey
- NACSW K9 Nose Work Camp 2012
- NACSW K9 Nose Work Camp 2013
- NACSW K9 Nose Work Camp 2017
- Advanced Search Strategies & Tactics-Jacy Kelley
- K9 Nose Work for Shelter Dogs-Jill Marie O’Brien
- Scents and Scensibility-Ron Gaunt
- Theory of Scent-Lt. Todd Hendrix