Eileen Koval, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

 

I am an avid dog trainer, dog sports enthusiast, and proponent of relationship-based training -- building a deep personal bond with your dog by learning to clearly communicate to your dog what behaviors you WANT, not only what you don't want.  My husband and I have three Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (Bones, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh) that we enjoy training and competing with in dog sports, including agility and Barnhunt.  I am third-party board certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  I previously taught agility classes at Doggrrrcise Agility, LLC.  I previously served as a board member and Membership Outreach Committee Chair for the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the USA (AKC parent club), assisted A Path 4 Paws rescue group as a trainer/consultant, and volunteered at the Nevada SPCA.  

I have a Master's of Science degree from the University of Arkansas's College of Engineering, and a Bachelor's of Arts from Northern Kentucky University Department of History and Geography.  I am continuously enrolled in courses on ethology, behavior, health, and other dog behavior training with internationally renown behavior consultants and veterinary behaviorists to further my expertise in this field.  I have also successfully completed Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs Master Course.  

Here are some recent continuing education courses I have completed on dog training and behavior:

I became interested in advanced dog training and behavioral work years ago when our eldest dog, Bones, began to suffer from severe fear issues, including noise phobias.  I realized that behavioral issues like these were common reasons why people surrender their dogs to shelters, but these issues often CAN be successfully addressed.  We were lucky to find a wonderful dog behavior consultant who helped us address these issues.  This experience piqued my interest in understanding canine psychology and learning theory.  I continue to take classes and network with other respected behavior consultants to maintain working knowledge of the newest techniques and ideas on canine psychology and learning. 

 

I help clients communicate more effectively with their dogs to solve issues, whether it is motivating and training a new puppy in the basics of obedience; working with fear-aggressive dogs; destructive or problem behaviors in the home; or helping an agility team smooth out communication on the course to reach that next level of achievement. 

 

Let me help you build a deeper, more brilliant relationship with your dog...today!

This hierarchy model was presented in a Raising Canine telecourse by Dr. Susan Friedman, psychology professor at Utah State University.