Beth is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, the premier positive-reinforcement dog training program in the United States.
She is also a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. In May 2019, she joined the CCPDT board of directors.
In October of 2022, the Montgomery County (Md.) Executive appointed Beth to serve as “behavior expert” on the Animal Services Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to, in partnership with the Office of Animal Services, advise the County Council and the County Executive on issues pertaining to animal care and welfare, animal rescue, animal fostering and adoption, control of the animal population, animal bite prevention, zoonotic disease transmission, educating the public on safely coexisting with wildlife, best practices for animal shelters now and in the future, recruiting volunteers, and any other issues related to the operation of the County's Office of Animal Services.
Beth has extensive animal sheltering experience. She was former director of behavior and training at the Humane Rescue Alliance headquartered in Washington, D.C. and provided behavior help to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for four years as a contractor. Previously, she was behavior specialist at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Before that, she worked as an animal trainer for the Montgomery County Humane Society.
Earlier in her career, Beth was a patient coordinator for renowned behavior veterinarian E. Kathryn Meyer, V.M.D., at the Veterinary Behavior Clinic in Gaithersburg, Md.
Beth is a mentor for professional dog training students enrolled in the world-renowned Victoria Stilwell Academy. Victoria, a British pet expert best known for starring in and creating the TV series It’s Me or the Dog, is a leader in force-free dog training.
Beth shares her home near Bethesda, Md., with her husband and four dogs.
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