Meet Your Coach: Rusty Barnes, CPDT-KA, ABCDT
An honor's graduate of Animal Behavior College and a certified professional dog trainer, I have been working with dogs for 18 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. As a trainer, my goal is that you and your dog learn how to become a more confident team through a relationship built on mutual trust and understanding.
A Pet Partners therapy dog handler, who was voted the San Francisco East Bay's Best Private Trainer in Bay Woof magazine's 2018 Beast of the Bay Awards, I hold professional memberships with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild and Humane Dog Training Advocates. I also regularly provide mentorships for aspiring trainers through Animal Behavior College and as an international Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy.
Education: Animal Behavior College; Purdue University, B.A. Communication, Sociology
Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, Pet First Aid & CPR, Pet Partners Therapy Dog Handler, AKC CGC Evaluator
Awards: "Best Private Trainer, East Bay" Bay Woof 2018; Thumbtack Top Pro, 2018 & 2019
Reviews: A five-star business on Yelp, Thumbtack & Google; Recommended by staff & volunteers at Oakland Animal Services
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