• Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), 2008-2014
  • TAGteach Level 2 Certification
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CDTI) – Gold Level
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Stunt Dog Judge
  • Titles and acheivements in Rally Obedience, Tricks, agility, obedience, and sheep herding

Erica has more than a decade of professional experience helping dogs and their human families with everything from house training and basic manners to reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety, and other challenging behaviors. She also teaches basic through advanced obedience skills including Tricks and performance obedience like Rally, Fenzi TEAM titles and ring obedience.

Erica enjoys working with non-dog species as well, and has trained parrots, horses, cats, and other animals. She was a volunteer Keeper Aide for three years at the Smithsonian National Zoo, caring for Giant Pandas, Sloth Bears, Asian Small Clawed Otters and other residents of the Asia Trail. She is a volunteer with Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center, and in 2020, completed the requirements for Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) through PATH International. She continually studies new ways to train people, too. “The principles of learning are the same whether you’re a person, a dog, a horse or a fish. I love how lessons I learn with one species can make me more flexible and creative with the next species, humans included.”

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
TAGteach Level 2
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Stunt Dog