The Training Studio does things differently. When it comes to our talented trainers, doing thing differently means helping pet owners understand that punishment and outdated “dominance”-based training is not the only solution for changing animal behavior and in fact, can be detrimental.
The Training Studio
Meet Our Trainers
Training techniques based on the science of how pets learn have been around for a while. There is extensive, scientific research showing positive reinforcement produces long-lasting behavior changes. A recent surge in awareness is the result of more trainers and pet owners realizing they don’t have to hurt or scare their pets to achieve desired behavior.
The Training Studio instructors are all certified and adhere to the humane hierarchy. They teach classes ranging from private sessions to basic manners programs, K9 Nose Work®, Dig It (teaching dogs to file their own nails) and Relaxed Rover and Dog School Drop Out for dogs that can’t handle traditional classes due to reactivity or aggressive behavior. Click here to check out the classes and private training options.
Cathy Painter, LVT, CBCC-KA, Fear Free Certified
The Training Studio Director Cathy Painter is a licensed veterinary technician pursuing her behavior specialty and is also a certified behavior consultant (CBCC-KA).
Cathy started her career as a licensed veterinary technician for the Dallas Zoo in 1996. In 2009, she was promoted to hospital manager. Working at the zoo channeled Cathy’s interest in animal behavior: While collecting a blood sample from a rhinoceros that stood calmly along a fence, Cathy had an “a-ha” moment. Why are dogs, cats and horses so commonly terrified during veterinary exams, when rhinos, tigers and elephants are routinely examined voluntarily? The answer, of course, is that the zoo uses positive reinforcement. By contrast, too often “force” is an accepted practice with our domestic friends.
At Veterinary Behavior Solutions and The Training Studio, Cathy is helping to close this gap and improve life for our furred, feathered and scaly pets. Her new class An Ounce of Prevention teaches dogs they can enjoy a veterinary exam. She recently became an APDT Professional Member and Education Committee Volunteer. She and her husband share a home with dogs Joe and Maddie (pictured), and their cats Gracie and Evie.
Sydney Burton, KPA CTP, Cert.CF
Sydney spent an entire career as a software engineer and marketing director while training and competing with her own dogs in obedience, rally and agility. It wasn't until she discovered clicker training that she created an environment where the dogs were really having fun learning.
Training (whether it’s tricks, sports or fitness) is one way that Sydney and her dogs enjoy spending time together; learning is so much fun that the dogs demand more training/play time. Through this transition, Sydney became fascinated with the process of how dogs learn. That passion has become a new career helping others unlock the world of learning for their dogs. Sydney lives outside Dallas with her three Shelties, Roxie, Cherokee and Apache. She holds a B.A. in computer science and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Dallas. Sydney is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and a member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She has also earned a Certificate in Canine Fitness (Cert.CF) from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Fanna Easter CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, Fear Free Certified, CSAT
Fanna has been instructing group classes and in-home behavior consults for more than 29 years with a special focus on separation anxiety. Currently, Fanna is the only Certified Separation Anxiety Instructor in Texas. She owns Positive Pooch Dog Training and Behavior, which offers virtual, in-home and off-property consultations in the Dallas, Texas area.
Fanna teaches reactive dog classes and offers private consultations at Veterinary Behavior Solutions- The Training Studio
Because of her love of writing, Fanna has written dog training class curricula and dog trainer courses for large pet box chains and nationally recognized dog training schools. Also, she’s authored several articles for Dogs Naturally, Animal Wellness, Chronicle of the Dog and numerous online magazines and blogs.
When not working with clients and their dogs, Fanna is a Board of Director for Association of Professional Dog Trainers and currently their Secretary.
Fanna shares her home with Miss Stella Mae (Miniature Bull Terrier), Eli Joseph (Miniature Bull Terrier) and Rick, her “darling hubby.”
Valerie Fry, KPA-CTP, ABCDT-L2
Valerie is the owner and CEO of Canine Solutions Dallas. She is a Certified Dog Trainer through The Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. She is also a Professional Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an approved Canine Life And Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.®) evaluator and instructor. Valerie is also an approved educator and evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizenship program. Additionally, Valerie is a Certified Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College and CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
Valerie started her career training service dogs for a non-profit organization. She helped to establish and implement a behavior department with that organization. This department was responsible for creating and following behavior modification programs for dogs with difficult behavioral issues. She also established the rescue program, working with local shelters, doing temperament testing of potential service dogs and then bringing them into the program. Both of these are still used by the organization today.
With 10 years experience in service dog training, Valerie helps individuals who are training their own service dogs with the process and hands-on training they need to be successful. Valerie also works with multiple rescue groups volunteering and providing much-needed behavior modification plans to help the dogs become better adjust to a new living arraignment. She focuses on behavior modification plans established to aid these dogs transition and address any behavior issue that are present.
Jeanene Lorenzen, KPA CTP, Cert.CF
Jeanene’s love of animals, especially dogs and cats, began when she was growing up on a farm in Nebraska. Through 4-H, Jeanene had the opportunity to train and show pigs, cows and dogs. She learned that it is much easier to get animals to do what you want when they are rewarded.
Throughout Jeanene’s career as a software engineer, engineering manager and product manager, she trained and competed with her dogs in agility, obedience, rally and herding. With clicker training, she discovered that her dogs learned faster and developed stronger behaviors. Jeanene became very interested in how dogs learn. This passion has become a new career as Jeanene helps others discover the same successes with their dogs.
Jeanene lives outside Dallas with her two rough collies, Ocean and Jasper. She holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Dallas. Jeanene is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) and a member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She has also earned a Certificate in Canine Fitness (Cert.CF) from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.