August 21, 2023

#51 - Tracy Harachi: Caring for the People Who Care for Pets

To kick off Season 5 of Enrichment for the Real World, we are joined by our very own Tracy Harachi. Tracy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and Fitpaws Master Trainer. She joined the Pet Harmony team in 2022 and applies years of experience focused on improving the well-being of families through evidence-based interventions to the science behind training and behavior change now focused on dogs.
In this episode, you’re going to hear Emily and Tracy talk about:
  • Swaddling a paraplegic dog
  • Predictability with a capital P
  • Building security
  • Caregiver burden

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Meet the Guest


Tracy Harachi

Tracy Harachi, CPDT-KA, CCFT, FMT is a dog trainer and behavior consultant with Pet Harmony.  She loves problem solving and identifying strategies to support pet parents and their dogs to have a mutually satisfying life together.

After many years focused on improving the well-being of children and families through evidence-based interventions, including in Cambodia, Tracy began volunteering at an animal sanctuary which housed over 500 dogs in Thailand. Her childhood passion for animals in all shapes, sizes, and abilities was reignited and she began volunteering locally at a municipal shelter in the Pacific NW. Tracy expanded her knowledge of learning and behavior change among people to the science behind training and behavior now focused on dogs.  At the shelter, her tasks include developing and supporting training and behavior modification plans for dogs in foster care, training new volunteers, and walking challenging dogs. She loves spending time with shy and fearful dogs to grow their confidence and sense of agency.

Tracy graduated with a Master’s in Social Work and PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington.  She is a certified professional dog trainer-knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through the University of Tennessee and a Fitpaws Master Trainer. 

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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