We can label 2020 a lot of things, so very many things, but one we can all agree on is “unprecedented”. Our world got flipped upside down, and with finding ourselves at home, it felt like the perfect time to bring a new family member into the home. Join Ellen as she covers puppy development, how our socialization plans (and options!) differed from years past, how we can identify areas of disconnect in our pup’s socialization experience, and our goals for the future. Ellen will discuss some ways pet professionals are predicting our puppies will be impacted by these unprecedented times, and how to start your behavior change journey.
Pet parents who got puppies during the pandemic and are experiencing or are worried about: Separation Related Problems, general fear/lack of socialization, lack of dog-dog skills, stranger danger, handling problems, etc.
Ellen Yoakum 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 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 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.