Ellen Yoakum, Cert. SA Pro, KPA-CTP, CPBT-KA is a trainer and behavior consultant with Pet Harmony. She loves helping families build communication and cohabitate successfully by developing strategies and plans that will benefit everyone.
Ellen’s passion for animal welfare and training was ignited during her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington where she was able to work as a research assistant focusing on captive animal welfare and enrichment. For over a decade, Ellen has been working within animal care and behavior in multiple capacities including: dog daycare and boarding, wildlife rehabilitation, zoological, captive animal welfare research, and private training.
In 2015, Ellen relocated to Winter Haven, Florida where she worked with Natural Encounters Inc., a company that specializes in free flight avian education opportunities around the country. During her time in Florida, Ellen had the opportunity to experience the beauty of a teacher-learner bond with a variety of species. After returning to Seattle in 2018, Ellen joined Ahimsa Dog Training where she focused on puppy development and cultivating dog/dog social skills.
Ellen joined Pet Harmony in 2020. Ellen is a Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer, Certified Training Partner through the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), and a Certified Professional Bird Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPBT-KA) through the International Avian Trainers Certification Board.