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Emma has been training dogs for more than 20 years, and is currently the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in Newton, MA. She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior as well as the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo conferences.

In 2005 Emma authored the renowned "Click to Calm" outlining her journey of rehabilitation with her reactive golden retriever Ben. Emma's "Click to Calm" method has become a staple for dog owners and trainers alike to help dogs overcome reactivity and aggression. She gives "Click to Calm" seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. In 2014 Emma authored "Teaching a Reactive Dog Class: The Journey from Reactivity to Reliability" enabling other trainers to reach more dog owners who need to manage their dogs. Emma is sought after as a speaker at conferences and symposiums such as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Tufts Canine Behavior Symposium and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

 

Emma is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and  a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) of the Canine International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Emma is an avid competitor in obedience and agility and enjoys training and competing with her dogs. She shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs—three Golden Retrievers, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque, and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.

2016 Accomplishments

Call NameNew Title / Tournament NameDateOrg.
Austyn-Roque Open Standard 7/16/16 AKC
Austyn-Roque Open Jumpers with Weaves 7/10/16 AKC
Lizzie-Taylor Master Standard 5/22/16 AKC
Lizzie-Taylor Master Jumpers with Weaves 5/22/16 AKC

 

2015 Accomplishments

Call NameNew Title / Tournament NameDateOrg.
Austyn-Roque Novice Jumpers with Weaves 3/29/15 AKC
Austyn-Roque Novice Standard 4/12/15 AKC

 

Other dog-related affiliations include:

Certifications:

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer Partner (KPA-CTP)
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (CDBC)

 

DWAA Nominations for Maxwell Award

  • TACT: A Training Program for Dogs that Are Fearful or Reactive Toward People Clean Run 2011
  • Teaching a Reactive Dog Class: The Journey From Reactivity to Reliability, 2014

 

Television/Radio/Internet Appearances

  • Warner Brothers 56, 2001
  • New England Cable News, 2001
  • Boston Neighborhood Network, 2001
  • Creatively Speaking, Animal Talk Radio, 2005
  • Animal Corner Radio, TX, 2005
  • Dog Read, Guest Author, 2005
  • Dog Chat, 2005

 

Speaker

  • Clicker Expo Faculty from 2003 to present
  • Tufts Canine Behavior Symposium, 2004
  • New England Federation of Humane Societies, 2002, 2005, 2008
  • Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behaviorists, 2006
  • Midwest Veterinary Conference, 2009, 2015
  • Tails U Win, 2014, 2015
  • SureFire Dog Training Center, 2014
  • Masterpeace Dog Training, 2005
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers, 2006, 2014
  • IAMS, 2005
  • IAABC, 2010

 

Personal Achievements:

  • Zens Austyn This Boy’s Got Drive NAJ, NA
  • Mystic Charmed Lizzie-Taylor AX, AXJ, CGC, BN, CD, SPJ, CD-C
  • Golden Retriever Club of America Agility Nationals, First Place Winner Excellent Standard Division, October 2013
  • Bittersweet Chocolate’s Lickety-Split NA, NAJ
  • Darcroft Casey-Lynn CD, CGC, ThDx
  • Just in the Nick of Time CD, CGC
  • Participated in the Eastern Regional Dog Obedience Championship, July 1999