Training many different species has improved Britta’s skills and instincts. She must consider if an animal “is ‘flighty’ like an antelope, dangerous like a tiger, or extremely intelligent like a gorilla!” She uses different tools and techniques with each animal. Britta loves that challenge—and loves working with challenging animals.
Britta employs Ida Lonnqvist as an animal caregiver and dog walker at Britta’s Animal Training and Pet Services. When Ida first started working with Britta, Britta suggested that she enroll in the KPA Dog Trainer Foundations course to develop her skills in dog training and in using positive reinforcement in handling animals. Britta says, “I like to work with people who have the same values and beliefs when it comes to handling and training animals. Ida’s completion of the KPA course gives her more knowledge and credibility, which in turn helps my business and reputation.” To read more about Ida’s experience with the Dog Trainer Foundations course, and how it has positively impacted her work and life, click here.
Since graduating from Karen Pryor Academy and launching her business, Britta has done a great deal of reading about dog training and has attended numerous seminars. She hopes to earn her CPDT-KA certification and attend the KPA Puppy Start Right for Instructors course. Looking ahead even further, Britta’s goal is to open a board-and-train facility. “I see a big need for a strictly positive reinforcement facility in North County San Diego,” Brita declares. “Many of the board-and-train facilities in and around San Diego use correction training and aversive methods. I would like to open a facility where pet parents can leave their dogs while they are on vacation and not worry that their pets are treated harshly.”
At a class, a private session, a shelter, a farm, an exotic animal venue, or her dream board-and-train facility, Britta’s interaction with animals and people in her world will continue to be positive.