Tracy Weber received her first dog training certification through the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Since then, she has obtained additional certifications through Fear Free Pets, Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals, and the University of Washington Applied Animal Behavior Program. She is currently in the final (dissertation) year of a three-year master’s degree program in Clinical Animal Behavior through the University of Edinburgh veterinary school.
Tracy became interested in animal behavior when she lived with and loved a fear-aggressive German shepherd named Tasha. Tasha was whip-smart, sweet, and completely loyal. She was also fearfully reactive to children, strangers, and other dogs. Teaching Tasha how to feel safe and secure in her world was a twelve-year journey that changed Tracy’s life in every way for the better. Tracy’s passion is helping fearful and reactive dogs, but she adores working with dogs with all training needs!
Tracy uses force-free, reward-based training methods that set dogs up for success. She assists in puppy classes at Seattle PuppyWorks. In her private practice, she helps clients with a variety of training needs, including new puppy support and basic manners training, as well as those dealing with more challenging issues, such as fear and aggression. She believes effective training builds communication between dogs and their humans, and she aims to keep dogs safe in their world and well-integrated in their homes. She doesn’t try to create Stepford (“perfect”) dogs, but happy and safe companions. She does not believe in using choke or prong collars, e-collars, or other common training tools that create fear or pain. She does believe in front-attach harnesses, flat collars, patience, and humor.
Tracy enjoys giving back to the community and helping animals in need. She co-founded the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers, a non-profit organization that matches no-cost training resources with shelter dogs in need.