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Control Unleashed

Training Class Spotlight:

Does your dog fixate on squirrels, become distracted when they see people or other dogs, or simply have a hard time focusing when outside? Then Control Unleashed is for YOU!  In this 6 week class your dog will learn to focus in the face of distractions, and you’ll learn how to guide them toward better choices. Winter in Colorado is best enjoyed outside -- wouldn’t it be more fun with a focused friend beside you?

6 sessions: Starting Monday, November 24 at 5:45 p.m.

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Our Training and Behavior Team


Lindsay Wood, MA, CTC, KPA-CTP, ACAAB
Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Director of Animal Training and Behavior

Lindsay is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) and serves as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She attained her Master's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior from Hunter College. In addition to her Master's degree, Lindsay received the Hunter College Graduate Certificate in the Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation, registered with the New York State Education Department. Her graduate thesis research project assessed the benefit of clicker training shelter dogs to facilitate learning and is featured in Karen Pryor's book, Reaching the Animal Mind (Scribner, 2009). In 2012, Lindsay became one of 15 faculty members nationwide for Karen Pryor Academy, an internationally recognized professional training academy for new and aspiring animal trainers.

Lindsay's professional accomplishments include 15 years within the field of animal training and behavior, the development and implementation of the Humane Society's behavior modification program to reduce shelter euthanasia and increase adoptability, consulting for other shelters across the country pursuing the establishment of a behavior program, and serving as an invited speaker for professional conferences including Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), Colorado Municipal Judges' Association (CMJA), and Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies (CFAWA). Lindsay received the prestigious Animal Welfare Advancement Award for her behavior modification presentation at the 2011 ABMA Conference.

Lindsay developed her expertise in animal behavior and positive, reward-based animal training methods as a marine mammal trainer from 1997 – 2004, teaching and implementing behavior modification techniques for a variety of species including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.


Allison Hartlage, CTC, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Training & Behavior Consultant

Originally from Kentucky, Allison graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 and shortly thereafter relocated to Oregon. She began volunteering with Oregon Humane Society and in 2008 attended the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, where she received her certification as a Canine Trainer and Behavior Counselor (CTC), graduating with honors. She then returned to Portland and spent three years working with companion animals before relocating to Boulder in 2011.

Allison has always dreamed of working in an animal shelter and is thrilled to be a part of HSBV. She feels lucky to spend each day surrounded by the things she loves - dogs, people, sunshine and the opportunity to continue learning. Allison is a member of APDT, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and holds her CPDT-KA. She shares her home with her shelter dog Mollie and three rescued kitties – Maya, Marley and Lucky.


Jai Robichaud, CTC, CPDT-KA
Training and Behavior Consultant

Jai Robichaud started at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley as a volunteer in 2000. Since he was hired as an employee in 2002, Jai has held a variety of positions, including Animal Welfare Associate and Foster Care Coordinator, before joining the Training & Behavior Center in 2006. Jai graduated with honors from the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers in March of 2008. He is excited to use his years of experience with the Humane Society to help the Training Center expand the quality services that they offer the community. Jai lives happily with his dog Spud, a Humane Society alumnus.


Helena Kokes, IAABC
Dog/Cat Associate Training and Behavior Consultant

Helena comes to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley from the Dumb Friends League in Denver and has been conducting training and behavior counseling for both cats and dogs since 2003. Helena has a B.S. in both Biology and Zoology with an emphasis on behavior. In September of 2008, Helena was accepted as an associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors. Helena brings extensive knowledge and experience with cat behavior, which has included implementing and running kitten training classes. Helena is thrilled to contribute her love and understanding of both cats and dogs and is excited to be a part of the positive trainers' team at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Helena gladly shares her life with 3 dogs - Cami, Tucker, and Bu-her personal cat Nermal, and foster kittens and cats!


Anita Hurley, CPDT
Training & Behavior Consultant

Anita moved to Boulder from Toronto, Canada in 2001 and began volunteering with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley the same year.

She became a staff member in 2002 and worked until 2013 in the organization’s clinic as a veterinary assistant. Her love of animal behavior grew and she pursued her dog training certification with honors from The Animal Behavior College in 2009. Anita is currently enrolled in Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers attaining the next level of excellence in her field. She is the proud guardian of three shelter alumni: a comical Boston Terrier mix named Pinky, Pau who is a Canine Good Citizen pitbull mix and Gloria, a pitbull with a heart of gold.