Lorraine Martinez, owner of Loma Behavior and Training LLC, earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Washington-Seattle. Lorraine was trained as a behaviorist at one of the best schools of psychology in the country and she now uses that knowledge to help you and your dog.
Lorraine is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, completing the rigorous Karen Pryor Academy's Dog Trainer Program. She is dedicated to fostering the professionalization of the dog training field and encouraging objective assessment of a dog trainer’s knowledge and skills. Toward this end she has passed an independent assessment of her knowledge of the science of dog training provided by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a membership organization of trainers committed to becoming better trainers through education.
Dog Training Specialization
Lorraine began exploring how she could use her education to help pet dog owners soon after she graduated. At that time she adopted a beautiful Shepherd dog mix named Grace and began a search for behavior and training programs that would help with Grace’s aggressive behavior toward unfamiliar dogs. This search turned out to be confusing and upsetting. Lorraine found a tremendous amount of incorrect information about treating canine behavior and emotions. She discovered a natural niche in the dog training and animal welfare world where she could use her education to provide owners with clear, easy to understand instructions to help their dogs.
Lorraine joined the Greater St. Louis Training Club, the oldest AKC dog obedience club in the St. Louis area, in 2004 and began volunteering as a dog trainer after completing the course offered by the Certified Pet Dog Trainers of the club. With the club, she developed a specialized training program for dogs with fearful and aggressive behavior. She then joined the staff of the Humane Society of Missouri from 2007 to 2010 as the Behavior and Training Department Supervisor. In that position she oversaw a large-scale dog training program offered through a partnership between the Humane Society of Missouri and the Greater St. Louis Training Club. She developed and taught a variety of classes, including family dog training, Canine Good Citizen preparation, tricks and specialized classes on behavior issues. She was instrumental in developing seminars designed to debunk common training myths and introduce people to modern, force-free training methods that minimize stress on the dog and produce trained, well-behaved pets. She created a program to train and support the dog walking volunteers so they could address common behavior issues in the shelter using low-stress, reward-based interventions.
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