Shelley Leong-Peterson is a professional dog trainer and behavior counselor based in San Francisco, California. Her main mentor has been Jean Donaldson, through the Academy for Dog Trainers, which is widely considered the gold standard of dog training schools worldwide. Shelley is also certified in Pet First Aid, and is a certified professional dog walker trained in pack management and safety through dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy.
Committed to continually improving her skills and sparking her own flashes of insight, Shelley regularly attends conferences and workshops such as the clicker training conference organized by Karen Pryor. She also teaches as a part-time trainer at SF Puppy Prep, one of the Bay Area’s most highly-regarded dog training and day care centers. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.
“Shelley is a truly gifted trainer. She understands dog behavior and just as important she understands what a dog owner goes through when trying to train their dog.”
- Kim Moeller, Canine behavior specialist at the SF SPCA
Shelley gives back to her community through her work as a volunteer dog trainer for the San Francisco SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department where she specializes in working with shy and fearful dogs. She is also a coach for the SF/SPCA’s Volunteer Internship Program and Kim Moeller’s Reactive Rover program, which works with dogs who are aggressive on-leash. Shelley is passionate about helping dogs, and has seen firsthand how many dogs are surrendered to the shelter because of behavioral issues that could be easily resolved with proper training. She hopes to prevent such tragic separations by training dogs so they can have happy lives with loving families.
Think Positive Training
Today there’s a much better way to get more reliable, long-lasting results – the science of positive reinforcement training. Here are reasons why we choose positive reinforcement:
- It works – its effectiveness has been proven by studies and peer-reviewed research in the field of animal behavior
- It is endorsed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
- It has no negative side effects – unlike techniques that use physical and psychological force, which can cause long term side effects such as suppressed fear and sudden onset of aggression
- It is 100% humane, and respects dogs as intelligent individuals with deep emotions
It makes learning fun for both dogs and the people who love them
- Proven effective, completely humane, and actually enjoyable: positive reinforcement training is the modern way to solve dog behavior problems.