December 26, 2022

#34 - Sara McLoudrey: Care With Consent

In this week’s interview episode, we are joined by Sara McLoudrey. Sara has such a fresh perspective on cooperative care. Her Care with Consent philosophy is so in line with our work smarter not harder approach to enrichment and animal training and she puts on great emphasis on sustainability for the human. 
In this episode, you’re going to hear Emily and Sara talk about:
  • Going from cooperative care to Care with Consent
  • How Sara trims her dog’s nails
  • The value of predictability
  • Building your dog’s team

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Meet the Guest

Sara McLoudrey

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. 

Meet the Hosts

Allie pic with Oso

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Allie Bender is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, and a Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.

While in the animal sheltering industry, Allie realized that her passion lied in helping pets with maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, she wanted to help prevent animals with rehabilitatable problems from being euthanized. She loves working with dogs and cats displaying stranger danger, resource guarding, and leash reactivity. Her favorite thing about working with pets and their people is seeing relationships grow and seeing harmonious households develop.


Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA

Emily Strong is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 1990 and has been a behavior consultant since 2008. She is the co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker. 

Emily started working with animals at a young age and struggled with the notion that you have to hurt, scare, or intimidate animals to help them. When she discovered the behavior sciences and learned that it wasn’t necessary to do so– that we can care for emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously– she plunged headfirst into animal behavior. Emily loves helping current and prospective behavior professionals and working with pet parents through our in-depth services. She enjoys working with all species.

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