Trainer Profile: Stephanie Peters

Address: 3937 Squaw Road , Ames, IA 50014 (United States)
Phone Number: 515-520-3739
Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed

As a KPA-CTP and CPDT-KSA certified trainer and an ACDBC and CBCC-KA certified behavior consultant, I provide private in-home services with specializations in behavior modification, adopted dogs, and family-friendly training. As a Certified Humane Education Specialist with fifteen years of teaching experience, I use the arts to teach children about important topics like responsible pet ownership, dog bite prevention, and companion animal welfare. My rescue dog Marmalade holds CGC and CGCA titles, and earned therapy dog certification at the national and local levels. She visits a variety of community locations with me as the official Plucky Paws Therapy Dog. I am the only canine professional in the state of Iowa who holds the CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, and CHES credentials. I offer Behavior Solutions and Foundation Skills packages in coaching and day training formats. I also offer Plucky Parents training for expecting and new parents, and Family Training for households with older children who can participate in the training process. In addition to my humane education programs at schools and libraries, I provide therapy dog Birthday Pawty entertainment and customized in-home humane education for kids of all ages. I am passionate about companion animal welfare, and I volunteer with adoptable dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and the PAWS program at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. Previously, I volunteered with the ARL's humane education department and TheraPets program. I have experience with service dogs as a former assistant trainer for the Puppy Jake Foundation. I’ve been a contributing writer for the Pet Professional Guild’s BARKS magazine. I was chosen as a featured trainer for Karen Pryor Academy, and a featured trainer for Pet Professional Guild. During 2019, I am engaging in continuing education with Karen Pryor Academy, Pet Professional Guild, Oregon Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Ken Ramirez, Chirag Patel, Trish McMillan & Michael Shikashio, and doctors Jessica Hekman & Amy Cook. The Plucky Paws logo reflects my practice of planting the seeds of curiosity and knowledge and encouraging growth, so that pets and kids can shine to their fullest potential. As a relationship-based trainer, my philosophy centers on strengthening and celebrating the bond between pet guardians and their dogs. I use only modern, progressive methods based in behavior science. Compassionate training is enjoyable, effective, and promotes a rewarding relationship!