Sandra Mannion has been a professional in the animal care industry for over 12 years.
Her experience includes working as an obedience trainer and behavioral consultant, veterinary technician and groomer. She now concentrates on obedience training and problem solving for pet dogs and their owners in the San Francisco Bay area.
Sandra complements her professional experience with the academic study of animal behavior.
She completed the Exotic Cat Management Program at De Paul University in Chicago and participated in the training and management of lions, tigers and cougars at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Sandra also gained hands on experience with the training and management of wolves, foxes and coyotes, while studying wild canid behavior at Wolf Park Ethology Institute in Battle Ground, Indiana.
She graduated with highest honors from the Applied Animal Science program at the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in small animal care.
To stay current on animal related issues, Sandra actively pursues continuing education.
She regularly attends seminars on subjects ranging from animal nutrition to progressive training techniques. She is also active in the world of competitive dog sports and has earned titles in Mondioring sport and AKC obedience, with many first place wins.
Sandra was among the first group of professionals to be certified by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, earning her the title of Certified Pet Dog Trainer or C.P.D.T.
Sandra combines her years of varied animal experience and specialized education to form a unique and balanced approach to dog training.
Her methods combine a variety of techniques to help dogs and their owners communicate clearly and reach their training goals.
She lives in Berkeley with her three dogs Daisy Mae, Clutch and Mosh.