May 22, 2023

#46 - Dr. Micaela Young: When Medical Problems Become Behavioral Problems

In this week’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Micaela Young. Dr. Young is both a veterinarian and Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed based in the Seattle area. Dr. Young does an incredible job of navigating the needs of all family members in the home, and supporting the whole team.
In this episode, you’re going to hear Emily and Micaela talk about:
  • Do you know how to identify chronic pain, or only acute pain?
  • Micaela’s list of how to identify less-obvious signs of pain
  • The gut-brain-skin axis
  • The new 4-letter F word

Meet the Guest

Dr. Micaela Young DVM, CPDT-KA

Dr. Micaela Young is a veterinarian and a certified professional dog trainer (KA). She started her career in a community practice in Landstuhl, Germany and shortly thereafter entered the training world when an accident with her mom left them in need of a hearing alert service dog. While preparing for veterinary school while at West Virginia University, she met a life-changing dog called Patty, a 14 year old Heeler who had been living in the kennel area of the vet clinic for over a year. Patty joined Micaela at veterinary school in Davis, CA and taught her about living with severe separation anxiety (as well as resource guarding, cognitive dysfunction, and senior dog enrichment). Deeply inspired by Dr. Sophia Yin, and egged on by Patty, Micaela pushed to take advantage of every available behavior-related learning opportunity in veterinary school. While in CA, Micaela started Happy Lead, first a basic training company and today an ambulatory service veterinary practice. Micaela now lives in Seattle WA offering services at home via Happy Lead and in a local clinic. 

She can be reached at [email protected] and you will not find her on social media.

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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