BEHAVIOR EDUCATION, STUDIES, AND TRAINING

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Hello! Thank you for your interest in animal training and behavior. I am excited that you're here and that you're also interested in finding out more about me. I'll be brief here but if you want to learn more there is a detailed bio below. I am an animal trainer and behaviorist with an applied science degree in Zookeeping. I am credentialed animal trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and Fear Free Pets. I earned my certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington.

Detailed Bio:

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. She also received training in conducting 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 as 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, is a training consultant for West Liberty University's Zoo Science program, 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, and lizards. She does animal training, behavior research, private coaching and consults for individuals and organizations. 

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), the University of Washington, and is a Fear FreeĀ® Certified Animal Trainer. Lori completed  not only the Fear Free Trainer certification but also the Fear Free Veterinary Professional certification. She completed the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Animal Training Applications in Zoos and Aquariums Course in 2019 at the Denver Zoo, the General and Professional Animal Welfare courses through San Diego Zoo Global Academy, 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, the 6-week Foundations in Snake Training course through Reptelligence, and the 8-week How Research Works course taught by Dr. Christina Alligood through Behavior Works, 

Lori regularly does continuing education courses through CCPDT, Smart Dog Training with Dr. Kristina Spaulding PhD., Karon Pryor Academy (KPA), Fear Free Pets, the Shelter Play Group Alliance, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Natural Encounters Inc. (NEI), Victoria Stillwell Academy (VSA), Animal Training Fundamentals with Barbara Heidenreich, and the Ethology Institute. Lori is currently working towards a master's degree in animal health and behavior at Unity College as well as certification through the Fear Fear Pets Equine and Shelter programs. 

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, Herps Panel Forums, and the Reptile Gumbo Podcast, links to these are on this website homepage.

Lori's interests outside of animals include 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 advocates for science and skepticism and enjoys listening to podcasts like The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, In Research Of, Monster Talk, Animals at Home, the HIdden Brain, and anything animal training or reptile related!

Lori is available for coaching, classes, lectures, workshops, animal training, horse training and riding lessons, self-defense classes, and Refuse to Be A Victim seminars. She is working almost elusively via remote services like Zoom or similar video conferencing options, as well as through email messenger, or phone. She does training on site at the Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary ranch upon request and travels locally on a limited basis in the Colorado Springs area.

Please contact Lori at BehaviorEducationLLC@gmail.com or call (303) 921-0785 for prices and information about booking an appointment or service. The first conversation is always free!