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About Me:

Hi, I’m Rebecca. Here's why I do what I do...

​​Working at an animal shelter for five years was incredibly impactful. It provided me with the opportunity to observe and interact with hundreds of dogs. Among them, I encountered incredibly sweet dogs that, sensing danger, would express their need for space through biting, growling, shutting down, or fleeing from human care.

 

In many instances, I found myself needing to coax them beyond their comfort zones to relocate them to a quieter room, safely return them to their kennels, or assess their readiness for certain interactions. This aspect of my job was the least enjoyable; at times, I had to seek assistance because I couldn't bring myself to force a dog to do something against their will.


However, amidst these challenges, my favorite moments at the shelter were witnessing dogs emerge from their shells and learn to cope in an otherwise uncomfortable environment.


Reflecting on my experiences at the shelter—both the aspects I found difficult and those I cherished—guided me to specialize in Cooperative Care dog training, a field that truly resonates with me.

 

Cooperative care veers away from coercion and instead centers on nurturing a positive and cooperative partnership between dogs and their caregivers during veterinary and grooming procedures.

 

Through systematic training methods, it empowers dogs to actively participate in their own care, thereby diminishing stress and anxiety associated with routine procedures. By prioritizing trust-building and positive reinforcement, cooperative care ensures a smoother and more enjoyable experience for both the dog and their owner.


Similar to those scared dogs in the shelter, every dog deserves autonomy and the opportunity to feel safe and confident.

Why Education & Certifications in the Dog Training Industry Matter:

The dog training industry is unregulated. Therefore it's important that professionals calling themselves dog trainers have industry credentials. This ensures that dog owners seeking quality guidance are getting scientifically sound information that is in line with the current industry standards.

Like other scientific industries, new discoveries and best practices emerge regularly. As a result, many of the certifications and credentials a professional dog trainer can earn require continued education to keep their certifications. This ensures certified professionals stay informed and up to date on current best practices. 

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Rebecca's Continued Education:

Fenzi Dog Sports Cooperative Care Certification, In progress | 2024

Better Vet Visits, In progress | 2024

Cooperative Care: Husbandry At Home- Certificate of Completion | 2024

Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program | 2024

Karen Pryer Academy- Certified Training Partner | 2022

Certified Council for Professional Dog Trainers- Knowledge Assessed | 2020

Clicker Exposition| 2018, 2019, 2021

Fear Free Shelters Certification Program | 2020

Grisha Stewards Effort-Less Dog Walking Education Program | 2020

Canine Science Symposium | 2019

Animal Care Conference | 2019

Susan Friedman's Living and Learning 3 day Seminar| 2018

Dog Training Internship Academy- Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant |2017

EDUCATION

"We adopted our pup Halley from San Francisco ACC in May of 2021. She was goofy yet sensitive and sometimes a bit overwhelmed and reactive. We reached out to ACC for advice. Rebecca Frank came highly recommended by the Behavior and Training team. Halley is eager to please and a quick study. A positive, rewards-based approach has made all the difference and Halley absolutely adores Rebecca. Sure Halley learned a lot but we did too. Thanks Rebecca for training the whole family!"

-Halley's mom

"With Rebecca's help in just 5 sessions (spread over about 3 months) we were able to: improve Nemo's recall off leash, significantly reduce reactivity on leash, teach him how to relax at home, help him redirect his excitement to mitigate the jumping/nipping, and we can brush him daily by implementing some "opt-in" strategies that Rebecca taught us.

The best thing about working with Rebecca is the sense of empowerment we feel. She gave us the tools to help Nemo and patiently showed us how to use them. Now we have a solid framework with which to move forward and tackle new problems as they arise."

-Nemo's dad

"Rebecca was a lifesaver during my first months with my puppy, Hopper! She walked us through crate and potty training, leash walking, recall and how to address problem behaviors like barking and biting. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. Every training session felt like miles of progress with Hopper and we both fell in love with her gentle, positive, and welcoming energy from day one. Thank you, Rebecca, for always going the extra mile for us and loving Hopper as your own."

-Hopper's mom 

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