Training Center and Team

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley's 3,000-square-foot Training & Behavior Center was unveiled in 2007. Since then, it has served as the home of lots of tail wagging (and lots of learning!).

Our professional trainers help more than 5,000 clients every year build a foundation of positive behavior and strengthen their bond with their pets. When class isn't in session, you'll often find one of our professional trainers giving some personal attention to a dog who needs a little extra help polishing his or her skills before he or she can be adopted.

From learning to sit to how to address separation anxiety to how to help your dog become an agility athlete, our trainers are here for you and your pet. See you in class!

Psst... we haven't gone to the dogs! We also offer behavior consultations for your feline friends! Just give us a call at 303-442-4030. You can also email us at trainingcenter@boulderhumane.org.

The Training & Behavior Center is located on the second floor of the shelter (take the stairs or the elevator then look to your left) at 2323 55th Street in Boulder.

Our Training and Behavior Team

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Bridgette Chesne

Director of Animal Behavior and Sheltering

Bridgette joined the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 1995 and since then has enjoyed a variety of roles.  Since 2002, Bridgette has been the Director of Shelter Services with oversight of staff conducting animal assessments and transfer program coordination, as well as the team of adoption specialists who assist potential adopters in the selection of a next pet.  In 2014, Bridgette assumed the additional responsibility of overseeing HSBV’s Training and Behavior department.  Bridgette is responsible for the selection and appointment of animals benefitting from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s behavior modification programs and works closely with the Chief Shelter Veterinarian to provide clinical therapies to b-mod patients as needed.  Bridgette enjoys contributing to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s public training class curriculum as an experienced strategist and client service enthusiast.  Bridgette and her husband, Greig, own the Barking Dog Café in Lyons, Colorado and live in Longmont with their son, Landin, three dogs, cat, and box turtles.       

 

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Allison Hartlage, CTC, CNWI, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

Manager of Animal Training and Behavior

Originally from Kentucky, Allison graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 and shortly after 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 at a private daycare and training business before relocating to Boulder in 2011.

Allison is passionate about force-free, science-based training and behavior modification and feels fortunate to live and work in such a supportive community.

Allison is a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a Certified Nose Work Instructor, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy and holds her CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed).

She shares her home with her shelter dog Mollie and three rescued kitties – Maya, Marley and Lucky.

 

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Anita Hurley, ABCDT

Training and Behavior Consultant

Anita moved to Boulder in 2001 from Toronto, Canada and began volunteering with animals at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She was a veterinary assistant with the organization’s clinic from 2001 to 2011. Anita received her pet dog training certification with honors from The Animal Behavior College and is currently enrolled in Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers pursuing the highest level of education in the dog training field. She shares her home with two shelter alumni: Pinky, a comical Boston Terrier and Pau, a Canine Good Citizen Pitbull mix.

 

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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!

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Jamie Flanagan, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

Training and 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 completing a rigorous two year apprenticeship training companion 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 have fueled her passion for clicker training with reactive dogs.

Jodee Cole, ABCDT

Training and Behavior Coordinator

Jodee graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2012 as an ABCDT. In 2013 she accepted an internship at HSBV to immerse herself in animal learning and behavior. During this time, Jodee continued to volunteer at HSBV, assisting with animal care, adoptions, and helping in the training center. In May 2014 Jodee became an employee at HSBV and currently splits her time between the Training Center and working as an adoption specialist.

 

Jodee is so happy to work with such amazing animals and all of the people who love them! She is fortunate to share her home with an absolutely wonderful senior Rat Terrier named Casey, and two very special cats named Ashton (an HSBV alumnus) and Tonka. She also cares for a variety of other critters.

Lindsey Fontana

Training and Behavior Coordinator

Lindsey is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from New York University.  She then spent several years in San Francisco, working in advertising and volunteering at animal rescue groups helping with everything from puppy socialization to foster to event planning. In order to pursue her dream of working with shelter dogs, Lindsey left San Francisco to spend a year studying dog behavior and animal learning while volunteering at shelters across the country.  She then settled in Boulder in 2014 and completed the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s Behavior Modification Immersion Program.  Lindsey is now a Training and Behavior Coordinator and is so excited to be living her dream of helping dogs and their families.   She lives with two rescued dogs of her own, a beagle mix named Gracie and a pit bull named Kona.

Martina Spera

Training and Behavior Coordinator

Originally from New York, Martina moved to Boulder in 2006 to attend the University of Colorado. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. She joined HSBV in 2009 as a volunteer. Martina gained additional experience in animal behavior when she became an HSBV employee in 2010. Martina’s passion for dog training began when she adopted Chip and Leo, two HSBV alumni. She is currently attending the Karen Pryor Academy.

Mary Angilly

Training and Behavior Coordinator

Originally from Massachusetts, Mary comes to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. After working there as an Animal Care and Adoption Counselor and then as the Adoption Center Supervisor, Mary recently relocated from Boston to Boulder to pursue her love of training and behavior at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Northeastern University, with a concentration in behavioral course offerings. She is currently enrolled in The Academy for Dog trainers and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge and skill set with both dogs and cats. Currently, Mary shares her life with Bella, a sweet senior lab; Beatrix, a hospice cat from the MSPCA; and Clyde, an adorable senior rabbit.

 

Scott Macdonald

Training and Behavior Coordinator

Originally from Massachusetts, Scott joined the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 2007 in order to pursue his passion for animal welfare. He has had the opportunity to work in many different departments at HSBV, gaining experience ranging from adoption counseling to Animal Control Supervisor. Currently Scott is working towards his certification in the Jean Donaldson Academy for Dog Trainers and is excited for the opportunity to increase his knowledge of animal behavior by joining the training center team. He shares his home with his Rottweiler Madi and her shelter dog sidekick Chappy.

 

Nancy Baker

Training and Behavior Associate

Nancy has a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland.  She has had a passion for animals and animal welfare all of her life.  Nancy has held a variety of jobs working with and taking care of cats, dogs and livestock.  She was an Animal Control Officer in Maryland and Florida, dog trainer at Pet Smart and an Animal Welfare Associate at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

Nancy considers it a privilege to now work in the Training and Behavior department, and is proud to work at an organization that demonstrates its love for animals.

In keeping with her passion for helping animals in need, Nancy has adopted several barn cats.  She also shares her home with two Chocolate Labs and three Quarter Horses.