Sara McLoudrey is the owner of Decisive Moment Pet Consulting and has been a professional dog trainer for 18 years! Currently, Sara is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC with IAABC), CPDT-KSA, Fear Free Certified Professional Level 1 Elite and Certified Trainer, Low Stress Handling Certified, FitPaws Master Trainer, and TagTeach Level 3. Over the years she has seen how our relationships with dogs have changed and even how the “positive/force free/clicker” training world has evolved.
Sara specializes in Care with Consent (cooperative care) and loves seeing cases focused on human-directed aggression, resource guarding, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs. While specializing in these topics, of course, she sees all types of serious behavior cases.
Currently, she offers personalized behavior modification programs, monthly membership communities, and virtual classes such as Care with Consent Foundations, Tip Top Toenails, and Muzzle Magic. In addition to working directly with clients, she also offers services for pet professionals – veterinarians, veterinary nurses, groomers, and training colleagues.
In addition to Decisive Moment Pet Consulting she is also an Animal Trainer at Synergy Behavior Solutions, a veterinary behavior practice. Her professional animal training career started in 2004, founding ROOT Dog Training in suburban Chicago. In 2016, she sold ROOT, moved to Portland, and joined the team at Synergy Behavior Solutions.
Over the years Sara has completed with positively trained dogs in retriever field tests, high-level competition and rally obedience (Utility and RAE level), conformation, and elite level nose work. Currently, Sara shares her life with Rizzo, a 12 year old American Water Spaniel, and Lindy a 4 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.