My simple goal is to improve the lives of humans and animals, especially those who share their lives with one another. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I wanted to pursue this in my daily work. This is how I discovered that owning a dog training business is just as much about counseling people, web design, and accounting as it is about training dogs. And I loved the fast pace and new problems to solve.
Eventually I learned how to automate a lot of tasks (see: employees, robots), which gave me time to think about how I missed science and research. Armed with burning questions and an annoying amount of enthusiasm, I started a Master’s degree.
I am currently finishing my studies in the Interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Human Animal Interactions at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, in conjunction with the Messerli Research Foundation, Medical University of Vienna, and University of Vienna. My thesis explores behavioral and epigenetic variations between differentially reared puppies.
Interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Human Animal Interactions
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Austria
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Ethics & Animal Welfare
Particularly related to husbandry, training, shelter animals, and animal assisted interventions.
Sensitive periods, stress, and the interaction of genes x environment.
Brain & Behavior
Neuropharmaceuticals and their effects on behavior; behavioral genetics; learning; ethology.
Animal Welfare Qualified Dog Trainer, Austria ( Tierschutzqualifizierte HundetrainerInnen Osterreich)
Certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA)
Certified canine behavior consultant (CBCC-KA)
Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI)
Fear Free Certified Professional (Fear Free)
Business owner and program developer (Fetch Dog Training and Behavior)
Horse behavior consultant (Rhythmos Equine Development)
Additional Interests & and Works in Progress
Taking responsibility to explain it to your grandmother. See my work on dog behavior education at Hello Dog Talk.
I am in a long-term and questionably healthy relationship with R.
Programming & Coding
Enough to be slightly dangerous!