Sarah Hoth, KPA-CTP - Dog Trainer
I became interested in dog training in 2003 after rescuing a 10-month-old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler/Lab mix named Ozzy. As you might guess, this dog had every imaginable bad behavior in the book. Boy, have I learned a few lessons since then!
After reading several books on dog training and behavior, I became intrigued by assistance dogs and how they can be trained to help people. I sought out a local service-dog organization and became a trainer's apprentice. Eventually I served as that organization’s Development Director, while still assisting with their service dog, hearing dog, therapy dog, and pet obedience efforts.
In 2010, I obtained certification as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), learning positive, quick, and effective reward-based methods to modifying behavior. Click here to see what it means to be a Karen Pryor Academy trainer, and to see the pledge that I took as a KPA-CTP.
I continue to enhance my training and education through continued reading, attending seminars, like ClickerExpo, and via membership in organizations such as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Greater St. Louis Training Club. I am also proud to be a certified evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs.
If you and your family are having issues with your dog(s), please know that there are positive solutions waiting for you. Good training, and the pathway to a great dog, is about understanding your dog’s needs, how dogs communicate, and about building a strong bond through mutual trust and respect. I can't wait to work with you!
Services Offered: FREE initial behavior evaluation. Offering in-home personalized behavior consultations for over-exuberant, fearful or reactive dogs or to teach/polish service dog skills; New puppy consultations; Group puppy and basic obedience classes; Veterinary/shelter clicker training demonstrations. Welcoming clients from both the metropolitan St. Louis and the Metro East areas.