Rebecca is a graduate and Certified Training Partner (CTP) of the Karen
Pryor Academy of Training and Behavior. Participants in this 6 month
program must achieve a 90% or better on the course in order to graduate.
The academy curriculum is based on scientifically proven methods using
force-free techniques and operant conditioning. Rebecca is dedicated to
continuing education, attending many seminars and workshops each year.
Rebecca has been training dogs professionally since 2005 when she
began offering private, in-home dog training classes. She was introduced to
clicker training in 2002 by a professional dog trainer, doggie daycare owner
and Sergeant of Metro Nashville K9 Search and Rescue, part of the Office of
Emergency Management for Davidson County, TN. Rebecca joined the team
and used positive reinforcement to train her dogs for live person area search
and human remains detection. She was soon promoted to Corporal based
on her ability to train her dogs and the other team members. Rebecca then
went on to join USAR (Urban Search and Rescue), a team dedicated to
locating missing persons buried in rubble.
Along with training experience, Rebecca also has several years of
experience as a veterinary technician. In 2002, Rebecca started working at a
small, single doctor practice and is now a full-time technician at a 7-doctor
Rebecca is also active in the rescue community. In the past 9 years, she
has rescued and re-homed over 80 homeless pets. Fostering one dog at a
time ensures that they each get the proper training and rehabilitation needed
for life in their new forever home. Rebecca also offers free training for any of
her locally adopted dogs. Rebecca has traveled as far as Medina Del
Campo, Spain, to help with rescue efforts for the Spanish Greyhound, called
“galgo”. She was also a member of a Nashville based veterinary task force
that travelled to Louisiana to help with the animal rescue efforts after
We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca and pleased that she chose such an important topic. Not sure what a poisoned cue is? Join the discussion or read Rebecca’s article on Poisoned Cues on the RBDT forum this week!
Additionally, since we had a forum crash when I was without internet access this week, we will be allowing last week’s expert Brad Waggoner an extra few days to answer questions on working with elderly clients!