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Join us at Puttin' On The Leash This Saturday!

Our 22nd Annual Puttin' On The Leash fundraising event is less than a week away — join us this Saturday, April 26 where you will enjoy live and silent auctions, adoption animals roaming the floor, animal presentations and food and drink provided by more than 20 of the area's premier restaurants! Pre-registration for the event ends on Thursday 4/24 at midnight. 

Join us for our biggest fund-raising event of 2014, Puttin' On The Leash: Super Heroes on April 26, 2014. Click here to purchase your tickets today!


Summer Fun Starts With Spring Training

Great behavior doesn’t just happen - it’s taught. Whether you need to lay down a solid foundation or brush up on established skills, our reward-based methods will help you fulfill your dog’s potential. Come see for yourself why our Training Center is the leading program for dog training in the Boulder area.

Training Class Spotlight:
Puppy Prep School

This five-week training class provides instruction on basic obedience and behavioral issues, as well as offering your puppy the opportunity to flourish as they socialize with a new group of friends. Class begins on 4/30, click here to register!

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.


Shelly Brouwer, CTC, KPA-CTP
Supervisor of Animal Training and Behavior

Shelly began her training career in 1999 and worked with a variety of exotic animals such as Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California Sea Lions, and Alaskan sea otters before making the switch to training and resolving behavior problems in companion animals. In 2004, Shelly attended the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and received her certification as a Canine Trainer and Behavior Counselor (CTC). She developed and implemented positive reinforcement - based training curricula and clicker training programs for the companion pet clients attending Petco's training program as well as for the sea lions of Mystic Aquarium, CT! After working with a diverse array of exotic and companion animals, Shelly is enjoying implementing positive reinforcement training techniques with the wonderful dogs and cats at Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Shelly continues to embrace continuing education in the training and behavior field and lives with her shelter dog Sadie, and shelter cat Morrie.


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!


Amy Creaven, KPA-CTP
Training and Behavior Consultant

Amy moved to Denver in 2005 after graduating from the University of Vermont with her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Amy began her animal training career in 2008 to help others form the same strong bond she shares with her own pets. She participated in Ana Melara's Training With Grace Apprenticeship program where she taught basic manners and tricks classes in Golden, CO. As a member of Front Range Rescue Dogs, a local canine search and rescue group, Amy has also helped train many search and rescue dogs. In August of 2010, Amy graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior, earning her a Certified Training Partner certification. During the Academy she worked with several species including a dog, parakeet, cichlid, and several foster kittens. Amy's Alaskan Husky, Evey is currently in training for competition agility. Evey has proven to be quite the agility superstar and is looking forward to earning agility titles! Supported by her ever-loving husband Noah, Amy is excited to be a part of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley's training team and looks forward to helping others enjoy the companionship animals have to offer!


Anita Hurley, CPDT
Training & Behavior Consultant

Anita moved to Boulder in 2001 from Toronto, Canada and began working with animals as a Humane Society of Boulder Valley volunteer. In 2002 she began her current position as a veterinary assistant in the organization's clinic. Anita received her dog training certification with honors in 2009 from Animal Behavior College and is delighted to work with a great team of trainers. She is a proud guardian of two shelter alumni: "Pinky" a comical Boston Terrier and "Pau" a Canine Good Citizen Pitbull mix.

Allison Hartlage, CTC, CPDT-KA
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.