Cassie Williams

 

   

   

Kathren Burdziak ABCDT

Trainer, ASB Program South West Florida Division

My love of animals was fostered at a young age when my family brought home a Jack Russel Terrier full of spunk and curiosity. Over the years I was blessed to have lots of animals in my life; a few cockatoos, African Greys, dogs, hamsters, lizards, and even hedgehogs. I knew my life goal was to be impactful through the passion of animal care. 

Moving to Florida with my husband, from a small town in Michigan, was quite a leap. While working in customer service I began to volunteer with our local humane society. Volunteering fueled my passion to learn more about canines and all animals. It also allowed me to see the true needs of these animals and I found it was simply missing something - myself. My ultimate challenge was that I didn't quite understand animals the way I wish I did. After losing a dog that I had bonded with to behavior issues, I decided I wanted to do more. I then took the next step to get certified to be a trainer with the Animal Behavior College.

While completing my certification I was able to advance my knowledge in behavior while working at the humane society. I was able to meet Jeff Joyce, who now mentors me in the science of dog therapy. I have been able to expand my mind in terms of body language, temperaments, bonding, resource guarding, and reactivity. Currently I hold the role of lead behavior specialist at my local shelter where I help many animals who honestly also help me. I want to share with all my clients how to build a trusting bond with their dogs based on positive reinforcement.

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