Bethany has over 12 years of professional animal training experience and actually met Linda Stallings while they worked together at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
She always loved animals and had a natural connection to them - but never truly recognized it or considered making a career out of working with animals until she traveled to Africa. After a trip to Namibia to volunteer with cheetahs, she had an epiphany that she was meant to work with animals.
Bethany has a natural ability to read and interpret animal behavior. This has landed her opportunities to work with a variety of species and participate in advanced training programs. More importantly, Bethany loves to talk about training and share her knowledge of training concepts and behavior. She has cared for and trained a variety of animals including birds, big cats, and elephants. Her advanced training with elephants opened her eyes to a new level of communication with another species. Elephants single handily changed her life and taught her more about herself and inspired personal growth more than any other experience. Training elephants taught her the importance of building a trusting relationship through consistency, precision, and clear communication. She has the utmost respect for animals and their intelligence and believes in the importance of honoring that.
Bethany's diverse background provides a unique perspective to dog training - a comprehensive insight into to the dog psyche paired with training technique. Her teaching style is passionate and creative, yet technical and academic. She easily adjusts to working with anyone and any type of dog. Bethany’s training skills and experience, paired with her love of education and teaching, are the perfect match for CDT’s theme of “Connecting People and Dogs Through Training.”
Bethany is available for private lessons, group classes, manages socialization sessions, and assists with the administrative side of CDT. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and has been certified in Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid by Pet Emergency Education.