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

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

Allison Hartlage, CTC, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CNWI
Training and Behavior Manager

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.


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!

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 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 have fueled her passion for clicker training with reactive dogs.

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.