Hi! I’m Cherie Beattie, owner of Canine Professor. I started my education in animal behavior as an undergraduate at the University of Louisville in 1996. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science in Biology with a concentration in Behavioral Ecology. My career in dog training started when I started volunteering with the Kentucky Humane Society in 2005. That quickly led to an employee position assisting the Behavior Manager, which then led to moving into that manager position. I ran the group training classes and managed the volunteer trainers and assistants as well as conducting private in-home training and answering the behavior helpline. I moved to an internal position where I started a shelter dog training program to help make the shelters dogs more adoptable and to set them up for success to stay in their forever homes. In 2007, I went into business for myself offering private training and group classes. In 2013, I joined the Animal Behavior Institute as a faculty member with their new canine behavior and training program. It’s so rewarding to pass down my years of knowledge, education, and experience to future dog trainers.
I have made it my goal to help pet guardians build a lifelong bond with their furry companions using science-based methods. This can be accomplished by learning why dogs do what they do, how they communicate, how we can meet their needs, and how we can communicate to them what we need. I can help you get there.
I have been a volunteer evaluator for our local pet therapy organization, WAGS (Wonderful Animals Giving Support) as well as becoming a volunteer trainer for Pets for Vets. I feel honored to help give back to the community and bring joy to those that need it the most.
As a certified trainer with the Certification for Professional Dog Trainers and a premium professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, I am committed to training dogs without the use of force and aversive tools such as prong/pinch collars, choke collars, e-collars (shock collars), shake cans, leash corrections or any other method meant to cause intimidation and fear. I use positive reinforcement in all aspects of training and behavior modification. When you show your dog that it’s rewarding to do things that you ask or want, then THEY will want to do those things and not because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t. This is the ultimate way to build trust in your relationship with your dog. It makes training fun and for YOU! We learn what motivates YOUR dog and use that as a reward whether that is food, play, toys, “life rewards,” praise, affection, etc. Below are several science-backed articles and position statements of several renowned organizations on the harm of using aversives in dog training.
The dog training industry is an unregulated field, which means that anyone can call themselves a dog trainer without any education, training, credentials, or license. There are as many different ways to train a dog as there are trainers. Please make sure that you ask about their methods, education, certifications, and what memberships they hold.
I have attended several conferences and workshops over the years. The benefit of choosing a trainer that has a recognized certification is that we are required to continue our education. This is an ever-evolving industry so it’s important that we stay up to date on current research, techniques and new ideas for enrichment. Listed below are some of the professional trainings that I have attended:
- Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference: 2023, 2022, 2021 (virtual), 2020 (virtual), 2008, 2006
- ClickerExpo: 2023, 2016, 2010
- Aggression in Dogs Conference: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 (all virtually)
- Canine Aggression Master Course: completed 2023
- Leash Reactivity webinar: 2023
- Aggression in Dogs – Safety, Defensive Handling and Training Workshop 2019
- Advanced Training Workshop at Wolf Park 2017
- Wolves and Dogs: Differences and Similarities: 2013
- Wolf Intensive Weekend: 2012
Service Area: Servicing the Louisville and Bullitt County area as well as remote consultations.