Tia Guest

Tia and dogs 8.14Tia Guest is the Executive Director of Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, as well as a professional animal trainer. She is a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program at Moorpark College in California, where she gained experience training numerous species of animals using positive reinforcement techniques. By the mid-1990s, Tia’s training practice was focused primarily on dogs and their humans, which enabled her to combine her love for dogs and her passion for teaching to help foster the human-animal bond. Tia was the first and founding director of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, assisting in the creation of its flagship Dog Trainer Professional course. She has written numerous training articles and presented to other professional trainers on topics such as teaching pet owners and positive approaches to solving common pet behavior problems. Tia believes that learning should be fun and successful in the moment, and empowering for the future – providing learners with skills and confidence will retain for a lifetime.

Tia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an Associate Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a Level 1 TAGteacher through TAGteach International, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club. Tia’s own dogs compete in agility, dabble in numerous other dog sports, and offer training demonstrations and entertainment at schools and animal events.

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