Shelter Program Manager / In-Home Behavioral Trainer

Steve is a professional trainer and educator, teaching others how to apply force-free training techniques to effectively modify behavior. He is responsible for developing and implementing a positive, reinforcement-based behavior department at Anderson Animal Shelter.

  • Certified KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)
  • Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA) status from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
  • Certified Professional Bird Trainer, Knowledge Assessed CPBT-KA
  • Member International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
  • Member Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Behavioral Trainer and Educator (A Sound Beginning Program)

Firmly believing in continued education, he has traveled across the country working with a variety of species ranging from whales to pinnipeds, raptors, deer, and many others.

He has worked with over 10,000 cases regarding behavior, assessing an animal’s behavioral issues, while both training and creating a plan to stay with that animal to be implemented by shelter staff and foster groups. 

Steve has taught low-stress handling and behavior modification to veterinary technician students at the college level as well as private veterinary practices and shelters.  

His work with families in a 1-1 home setting is the key to preventing problems from getting worse while giving valuable coaching and training support to keep them together safe and sound.

Since joining ASB, he has supported our staff behavioral vet Dr. Fiia Jokela.


“Steve is a very talented trainer, who is a graduate and certified trainer from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Behavior and Training. He has extensive experience and has had much success working with dogs with anxiety, fear, and aggression problems. All of his methods are veterinary behaviorist endorsed and are based on scientific learning theory that applies to all animals from cats to dogs to whales. Steve has worked with and studied under some of the best animal trainers in the world! 

Steve's methods all avoid force, pain, and fear. These old style methods are replaced with positive reinforcement methods that are fun to learn, create enthusiastic learners, and build lasting bonds between humans and animals. Steve uses behavior modification techniques such as counter conditioning, desensitization and response substitution to reduce underlying emotions of fear and anxiety, which can lead to aggressive behavior. Steve will be a very important part of any animal’s treatment.” 

Fiia Jokela, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)

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