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Come Back to Me!

Training Class Spotlight:

Fido not coming to you when you call him? Then this class is for you! Get your dog to come to you the first time you call and every time you call! This fun, specialized 45 minute class runs for 4 consecutive weeks and focuses on training recall games and building a strong Come Back to Me cue.  Weather permitting, some classes may take place outside!

4 sessions: Starting Friday, December 5 at 5:45 p.m.

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Our Training and Behavior Team



Allison Hartlage, CTC, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Supervisor of Animal Training and Behavior

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
Supervisor of Animal Training and Behavior

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.


Jamie Flanagan, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Training & Behavior Consultant

Jamie has a B.A. in Communications from California State University Fullerton. She began her career as an animal trainer in 2008 after volunteering with a non-profit spay/neuter organization. Jamie gained experience as an Animal Care Attendant at her local shelter while she studied dog behavior and animal learning. After completeing a rigorous two year apprenticeship training compaion animals and their guardians, Jamie came to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to pursue a specialty in shelter animal behavior modification. At the completion of this internship Jamie was retained as a shelter employee and transitioned into the Training Center full time in 2013. She recently expanded her skill set by attending the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior.

Jamie's own rescued dogs, Sage and Magellan, have fueled her passion for clicker training with reactive dogs.