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Anika Liljenwall grew up loving animals and throughout her life has owned dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, hermit crabs, guinea pigs, tortoises, and even a hedgehog. Anika lived in New Mexico for many years, but she moved to California in 2003 to attend UC Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology, with a specialization in Animal Behavior. Soon after graduating Anika became Behavior Associate at PHS in September 2007. Anika earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) from APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) in 2012. Anika strives to merge her scientific background with shelter work and dog training. She works one-on-one with shelter dogs and cats with behavior issues, trains volunteers, and counsels members of the public who are experiencing behavior issues with their pets. Anika also thoroughly enjoys teaching Puppy Playgroup and The Bark and Lunge Club. She currently resides in San Mateo, with her cat Maeby and the occasional PHS foster.
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has an advanced degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a specialization in animal behavior. She has also been certified as an Animal Behavior Consultant by IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). During her 15 years in the animal behavior field, she has focused on ethology, enrichment programs, training, and consulting for wild animals in captivity and pets. She worked on behavior research projects for several zoos in Argentina and the U.S.A. Among the species she has worked with are gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, Rheas, red pandas, and Patagonic hares. She is currently head of the Behavior Department for the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA. Her responsibilities include temperament assessments for cats and dogs going up for adoption, developing and implementing training plans for animals who need behavior modification before being placed up for adoption, teaching training classes for shelter and public dogs, consultations with the public during the adoption process and follow-up after the adoption has been completed, as well as consultations for people whose pets present challenging behavior issues.
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(M.A., CTC, CPDT-KA) has been a dog lover and owner all her life. She began her more serious dog involvement by raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2004. She raises the GDB puppies from two months till they return to Guide Dogs for formal training. She socializes the pups and teaches them house manners and basic obedience. They return to Guide Dogs at about 16 months. Margaret has raised five pups for Guide Dogs for the Blind and has been a leader for a local Guide Dog for the Blind Puppy-Raising group on the Peninsula since 2005. In this capacity, Margaret’s responsibilities include planning for and leading Guide Dog training sessions, teaching raisers how to identify and manage behavior issues while focusing on obedience training in large group, small group & individual settings.
Margaret took the SFSPCA Dog training course and got her CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling.), taught by Jean Donaldson, Janis Bradley and John Buginas. Margaret also completed her internship at the SFSPCA earning a Behavior and Training Certificate. Margaret has her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) from APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). Margaret took Master the Growlies taught by Veronica Boutelle, MA, CTC, of dog TEC and Kim Moeller, CTC, who is well known for her work with aggressive dogs. She has traveled to North Carolina and Belgium for the 10-day Dog Training and Behavior Solving courses with John Rogerson. Also took his Canine Welfare and Rehabilitation Course and Puppy Development Course. She is enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy this fall for further training. Margaret loves working with people and their dogs and is looking forward to meeting you and your dog in her training classes.
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Rachel began her profession as a dancer and K-12 educator, has been teaching workshops for children and adults since 1995. She has enjoyed bringing her experience in dance, psychology, and education to dog training, and she joined the Peninsula Humane Society's training team in 2008. Helping her students to develop an awareness of themselves and their canine companions through movement and clear communication has been a wonderful part of her work, and Rachel credits the success of her own dogs in agility, Canine Good Citizen, and pet assisted therapy to the strong sense of teamwork she has developed with them through ongoing training.
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Sharon Hall is an animal lover and grew up with a wide range of mixed and pure bred dogs. Sharon pursued her interest in dog training by volunteering for the Peninsula Humane Society in 2006. She enjoyed working as an assistant in numerous courses including: puppy classes, level one classes, and intermediate classes. She also took part in specialized classes for bully breeds, shy dogs, children with dogs, and clicker training. Sharon began teaching classes at PHS in 2009, and graduated from the Marin Humane Society's Canine Behavior Academy taught by Trish King in 2011. Sharon enjoys working one-on-one with her students and learning the latest insights into our canine companions. She has taken seminars on; Dog to Dog Aggression, Dog Aggression in the Family, Multiple Dogs, and Dog Socialization. In addition to her work at PHS Sharon is an active member of the Mid-Peninsula Guide Dogs for the Blind Group.
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Tasha Suda has grown up with dogs her whole life and has been active in training and behavior since 2000, when she started volunteering as a dog training assistant at PHS. In late 2001 she started teaching classes at PHS. She also has a background in grooming; working as a groomer in Half Moon Bay for 6 years. Tasha is a graduate of the Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Academy taught by Trish King. She has attended numerous seminars that focus on animal behavior, learning and training by many of the top leaders in the dog training community. Trish King, Ian Dunbar, Pia Silvani, Jean Donaldson, John Rogerson, Patricia McConnell, Nicole Wilde and Sue Sternberg to name a few. She continues to attend seminars and read books to keep up on the latest information available. Tasha currently teaches the following classes at PHS; companion dog level 1 for small dogs, puppy pre-school, puppy kindergarten, and the canine good citizen class. She also does behavior consultations and works with some of the shelter dogs.
Tasha currently resides with a deaf border collie mix named Grayson, a cat named Ember and a border collie named Phoebe that came to her home as a PHS foster.
Her passion is dogs and she has a soft spot for the special needs dog whether it is physical or mental and likes to take on the challenge that comes with these dogs. She feels the true reward of teaching is being able to see the change that takes place.
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Terri Wong has loved animals all her life. She has cared for dogs, cats, guinea pigs, bunnies, hamsters, fish, turtles, salamanders, crickets, grasshoppers, and even a praying mantis. In 2004 she attended UC Davis, California earning her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, emphasis in Animal Behavior. Terri has participated in undergraduate research on bison sexual selection, sage grouse ecology, lovebird mate pairing, and cockatiel affiliative and agnostic behaviors. She found her passion for applied behavior training when working at the California National Primate Center, Davis as a behaviorist studying laboratory enrichment and abnormal behaviors in Japanese and Chinese Rhesus macaques. She then worked at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Davis, assisting veterinarians in diagnosing and training companion pets with behavior problems. After moving back home, Terri became a Behavior Assistant here at PHS in October 2008. Every day she goes to work excited to train the shelter animals and counsel owners on pet behavior issues. Terri currently reside in Daly City with her PHS adopted dogs Skye (Australian Shepherd) and Rusty (Shiba Inu), BunBun a 13 year old Californian bunny, Franklin a Red-eared Slider turtle, and numerous species of goldfish (they are a symbol of good fortune and wealth in the Chinese culture).
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“The consultation exceeded my expectations. I liked all of the discussion. The best thing was seeing that my dog could learn.”
“I found the explanation of cause and effect of my dog’s behavior to be very helpful.”
“I was very pleased with the openness to questions. The trainer understood my dog like no one else ever had.”
“The trainer demonstrated to show me what I should do, and I liked being able to practice with other dogs around. The follow-up and notes were very helpful.”
“It was comforting to learn that my dog’s problems were not unique.”
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