Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer
MS in Conflict Resolution from University of Oregon
Carmaleta Aufderheide, known as Carm at the training center, loves dogs and is fascinated by social psychology, behavior, and how they intersect. Her heart dog, a golden retriever named Jake, inspired her master’s thesis research on the human-animal bond. Prior to becoming a dog trainer, she worked as an NICU nurse for 12 years, and then was a stay-at-home mom. Her empathy for others with reactive dogs was forever changed by her experiences with her own reactive dog, Riley. Her passion lies in helping other pet parents find their way through the maze of reactivity.
I train because it makes me a better person – I learn as much from my dogs as they learn from me. They teach me how to be non-judgmental and how to connect with others.