About the Trainer
Val and personal dogs.
Valentina started to work with dogs of all breeds and different backgrounds at 18 years old, in a rescue setting back in her beautiful home country of Italy. She moved to the States in 2001 and continued being involved with rescue dogs, as a foster home. Wanting more than just “hands on” experience, she began seeking farther education in the principles of learning and behavior in canines, going to workshops and seminars held by world renowned behavior consultants and trainers. She earned a diploma from the Companion Animal Science Institute (Dip. ADT, graduated with distinction, now replaced with the Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology), which consisted of an academically advanced and comprehensive science-based curriculum.
Her experience and passion also involve canine detection training. She started classes with one of the founders of K9 Nose Work© back in 2009, in California. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to be exposed to the world of scent detection with military and police working dogs. In 2015, she went through one of Randy Hare’s Detection Trainer Schools and completed the Detection Trainer Course. In the same year she assisted with a law enforcement only detection class in Virginia, conducted by Mr. Hare. She went back to his detection school on January 2017 with one of her dogs and completed his Detection Dog Instructors Schools. Went to the three weeks course in Summit County (Utah) at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.
Her training methods are committed to the ethical principle that the least possible aversion should be utilized as a guiding principle in constructing behavior change programs. The focus is on helping companion animals and their guardians live together in a trusting relationships, through empowerment, rather than using outdated methods that can damage the relationship and hinder the well being of individual animals. She also understand that training tools have a place and they can be used fairly, after a strong foundation based on positive reinforcement have taken place. The reality is that there are plenty of competing reinforcers in the real world. Valentina strives to help companion animal guardians and working dogs handlers develop informed choices concerning companion animal behavior and problem prevention and resolution.
Mad Dog Maggie, NACSW NW3 x 2
Dip.ADT Companion Animal Science Institute
Graduate-Randy Hare Substance Detection Training Schools
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (#85842)
AKC Scent Work Judge (# 102363)
AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator (#29019)
ADBA Safe Dog Program level I & II tester
Pet Tech™ CPR and First Aid certified
American Dog Breeders Assoc.
Safe Dog Program
Randy Hare's Detection Dog Trainers Course
January 7-25 25 2018, Kamas, UT
Randy Hare's "On- Target" Detection Seminar
Hosted by Friends for Unified Police K9 at the Special Operations Division of the Unified PD of Greater Salt Lake.
January 8-10, 2018
Dick Staal Training Seminar: Tracking & Detection
Co-hosted by, Canine Training Academy LLC & K10 Working Dogs LLC.
May 30th to June 2nd, 2017, Canon City, CO
Randy Hare Detection Dog Instructors Course
January 2017 (480 hours), Jackson, MS
Randy Hare Detection Dog Trainer Course
August 31 through September 18 2015, Jackson, MS
Fred Helfers Understanding Olfaction and Odor seminar, June 2015, Utah.
National Association of Canine Scent Work classes and workshops (Intro to K9 Nose Work, Intro to Odor, Advanced K9 NW, NW1, NW2, NW3 Strategies workshops, etc..)
Started in 2009 , with one of the NACSW founders, and continued on at least on a monthly bases until October 2014. There are too many classes and workshop to list. Always welcome to inquire.
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS
-Dr. Ian Dunbar, Ph.D. BVetMed MRCVS
Common Sense & Cutting-Edge Concepts in Dog Training
Saturday, October 4th 2014, Ontario, CA.
-Karen B. London. Ph.D, CAAB, CPDT KA
Using Play to Treat Canine Aggression
(Ben Behavior Network, January, 2013).
Training on the Cutting Edge: Advance Training Theory for the Top Achiever.
(Novato, CA, January 25-26, 2003)
-Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, CAAB.
The Biology of Play
(Gentle Touch Pet Training, July 12, 2009).
-Sarah Kalnajs, APDT, ABMA, IAABC and Pat Miller:
Canine Behavior Problems: Recognition to Resolution
(County of Riverside –Department of Animal Services. December 6-7, 2008)
-Jean Donaldson & Janis Bradley.
Train It Like It Matters: Counseling, Aggression and Training Execution
(Elk Lodge, Ventura CA, May 2-3, 2009).
-Pamela Reid, Ph.D
Train on the Cutting Edge: Advanced Training Theory for Top Achievers.
(Marin Humane Society, January 25-26, 2003)
-Trish King, CPDT.
Shelter Behavior Evaluations & Body Language
(Sacramento, March 28, 2004)
-Roger Abrantes, PhD.
Human and Canine Body Language: A New Approach to Reading Dogs and Humans
(Marine Humane Society, Novato CA, June 3-4, 2006)
-Brenda Aloff , author of Canine Body Language - A Photographic Guide. Positive Reinforcement and Training Dogs in the Real World, Aggression in Dogs-Practical Management and Behavior Modification
AGGRESSION: Recognition and Management.
(Marin Humane Society, Novato CA, May 5-6, 2007)
-Dr. Sophia Yin & Sarah Kalnajs
Deconstructing the Growl: Rethinking Aggression
(Ontario, CA, May 21-2, 2011)
Introducing the Intermediate Bridge and Application and Targets and Simple Behaviors
(Sleeping Dogs Ranch, Royal Oaks, CA. July 21-22, 2007).
Helping Fearful Dogs
(Novato, CA, March 29, 2014)
Alternative Approaches to Healing Caine Health and Behavior.
(Canoga Park at J9’s K9s, August 23, 2009)
THE ORIGIN, Natural History and Behavioral Biology of DOMESTIC DOG. The Origin, Natural History & Behavioral Biology of Domestic Dogs
(Marin Humane Society, CA, July 14-15, 2012)
Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems (From Aggression to Common Everyday Issues).
(Ontario, Ca, March 24-25, 2012)
Aggression (in depth)
(Encino, CA, August 16-17-18 2014)
-Trish King and Pia Silvani
Eest Meet West, Canine Development.
(Novato, CA, April 8-9, 2006)
- Dr. Sphia Yin, DVM, MS
Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats: Creating a Pet-Friendly Hospital
(Chico, California, September 9, 2012)
-Dr. Nicholas Dodman
The Well Adjusted Dog .
(Pasadena, CA., March 26- 27, 2010
-Dr. Ian Dunbar
Social Behavior & the Treatment of Fearfulness, Reactivity & Aggression
(Santa Clara, CA , November 9-11, 2012)
-Veronica Boutelle and Malena DeMartini-Price
Fixing the Unfixable: A New Look at Separation Anxiety
(San Diego, CA, April 20-21, 2013)
- Suzanne Clothier
Relationship Assessment Tool &Fright or Flight - Understanding the complexities of Fear and Aggression
(Emeryville, CA, April 27-28, 2013)