About your certified pet training & behavior specialist in San Angelo:
Robert is a proud Texas native. Born & raised in Houston, Robert always took pride in working with the family pets & teaching them tricks as a child.
Robert originally believed he was destined to become a doctor. After college, Robert followed his interest in medicine and entered medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. While in medical school, Robert ranked in the top 5-10% of his class. However, while a medical student, he felt something was missing from his chosen profession. On the way home from the hospital one day, he found a stray puppy. Desperate to find the puppy a good home he contacted a local rescue group & agreed to act as a volunteer foster. Once the puppy became adopted, he decided to help the rescue group with more homeless pets. After helping more dogs become adopted, Robert was hooked! Robert enjoyed learning about the many breeds of dogs and helping give the pets another opportunity to find a safe & loving forever home. After a few months of acting as a volunteer foster, Robert could no longer ignore his deep passion for learning about & helping animals. He decided to throw his career to the dogs & spend his time working with animals!
In 2002, he decided to attend Triple Crown Academy, a prestigious school for dog trainers near Austin, Texas. At Triple Crown, Robert studied dog behavior & worked hands on with world class trainers. After graduating at the top of his class from the academy, Robert moved to Amarillo, Texas, where he developed a training program for a local pet resort. In 2005, a dog training client in Amarillo noticed Robert’s talents & presented him with an opportunity to move to San Angelo to help plan & design a new pet business. Since 2005, Robert has practiced dog training in San Angelo.
In 2012 Robert became the first and only dog trainer within 150 miles of San Angelo to be certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Eligibility for certification requires a minimum of 300 hours experience as a dog training instructor and recommendations by a client, a veterinarian, and a colleague. Certification involves passing a psychometrically sound 250 question 4 hour examination on learning theory, ethology, husbandry, client instruction, and business. Dog trainers certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers must earn continuing education credits to maintain certification and adhere to a strict code of ethics. The accreditation process administered by the Certification Council represents the only program for certification in dog training that requires passage of an independently administered exam.
Robert is a mentor trainer for students enrolled in Animal Behavior College's Dog Obedience Instructor Program, is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Robert frequently attends workshops & national dog training conferences to further his professional development. Robert is a former board member of the San Angelo SPCA & a former volunteer for the Humane Society of Tom Green County. Robert has a Bachelors of Arts in Religion from Davidson College & a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from Angelo State University. Robert is also a licensed Texas educator in secondary chemistry.
Robert regularly provides training demonstrations & speaks to local community groups about his work & about such topics as dog safety, responsible dog ownership, dog with jobs, dog training careers, & more. Robert has spoken & provided demonstrations to rotary clubs, the Boys & Girls Club, scout groups, Howard College, elementary & middle schools, and various summer camps.
Robert believes a good trainer must have well honed dog training skills, a good grasp of canine learning theory, and an understanding & appreciation of canine development. Robert also believes a good trainer must be committed to ongoing professional development. He believes that great customer service is the gel that makes the trainer’s, owner’s, & pet’s work lead to a successful outcome.
Since becoming a dog trainer, Robert’s interests in pet welfare have shifted toward education. Although Robert still rescues homeless pets & helps rescue groups, he has come to believe that education is the most powerful factor impacting progress in animal welfare. Only through education can people truly understand how early training & socialization can save animals’ lives,understand why it is important to choose a pet carefully, & understand why it is important to help reduce the problem of animal overpopulation.
When Robert is not training dogs or working with dog owners, you can find him working out in the gym, trail running, or trail biking. Robert also enjoys landscaping, music, & independent film.
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