Lori retired from the Colorado Springs Police Department after 21 years of service in August of 2018. While with CSPD she worked in patrol and crime prevention, taught at the police training academy, and ran the community animal response team (CART). While coordinating the CART Lori received training from the American Humane, FEMA, and the State of Colorado in animal welfare; animal emergency preparedness, sheltering, and evacuation; and, animal abuse and neglect investigations earning her certification with the State of Colorado to investigate and enforce animal abuse and neglect. While working as a police officer and the CART Coordinator, Lori worked part time as an animal trainer, animal caretaker, veterinary receptionist/assistant, and self-defense instructor! Lori is currently the director of Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary 501c3, does relief work as a veterinary assistant/receptionist at Animal Medical Services, and is the owner of Behavior Education LLC. Lori has worked with several species of animals over the years and is currently working extensively with snakes, horses, and dogs. She also is doing some work with cats, pigs, chickens, and lizards.
Lori has extensive experience and education in animal training and behavior spanning 30 years, which includes an applied science degree in Zoo Keeping Technology, certifications with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT-KA), and is a Fear Free® Certified Trainer. Lori completed the AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) Animal Training Applications Course, the General and Professional Animal Welfare courses through San Diego Zoo Global, Fundamentals of Animal Learning through San Diego Zoo Global, the Introduction to Enrichment course via San Diego Zoo Global, the 8-week Living and Learning with Animals course taught by Dr. Susan Friedman through Behavior Works, and the 6-week Foundations in Snake Training course through Reptelligence. Lori is currently studying applied animal behavior at the University of Washington.
In addition to her daily work caring for and training animals, Lori is working on snake behavior studies, snake training and enrichment trials, supervising interns from the local community college, and producing YouTube videos. In 2019 Lori had one of her snake training articles published in the IAABC Journal: https://spring2019.iaabcjournal.org/training-snakes-to-voluntarily-relocate/ and in 2020 the Herpetoculture Magazine published an extensive article on snake enrichment authored by Lori: click here to view. She has been interviewed about her work on Morelia Python Radio, the Animals at Home Network, and the Reptile Gumbo Podcast, links to these are on this website homepage.
Lori's interests outside of animals include science, science fiction, martial arts, and hiking. Her favorite science fiction series of all time are Star Trek the Original Series, Star Trek Discovery, Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Babylon 5. Her favorite domestic animal breeds are Arabian Horses, Collie and Norwegian Elkhound Dogs, and Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pigs. Lori's favorite wild animals are African Painted Dogs, Bredl's Pythons, and Przewalski's horses.
Lori is available for lectures, workshops, animal training, horseback riding lessons, self-defense classes, Refuse to Be A Victim seminars, and is able to bring some of the animals she keeps and works with to educational programs and outreach events. Please contact her at BehaviorEducationLLC@gmail.com or call (303) 921-0785 for prices and information about booking an appointment or event. Costs of services vary; however, $75 per hour is average for most things, not including travel expenses if applicable.