Meet Heather:

Heather Luedecke has been a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant in the Central Ohio area since 2013.  She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  She is committed to upholding the high ethical standards for interactions both with dogs, their people, and in business practices.

 

Heather completed her Master of Science at Bowling Green State University, where she focused on behavioral ecology.  She also studied biology and psychology during her undergraduate degree, and has always had a strong interest in behavior.  Prior to starting her career as a dog behavior consultant, Heather worked for several years in education.  She enjoyed the opportunity to work with learners from preschool all the way up to college age.  Her experiences teaching both in the formal classroom and in more informal/field based environments lend themselves well to working with people and their dogs in a variety of contexts.

 

She volunteered as the Ohio Representative for Italian Greyhound Rescue (2008 to 2015), coordinating adoption and intake for the state.  In her time with rescue, she hosted over 100 foster dogs personally.  Many of these dogs had significant medical or behavior challenges.  Heather evaluated and treated these dogs, and continues to appreciate the lessons she learned from each one of them.  She was also responsible for helping foster homes resolve behavior concerns.  In addition, she helped many owners resolve behavior concerns, preventing release of those dogs into rescue.  From 2007 to 2009, Heather worked at a rural Ohio shelter with a variety of species.  She had the opportunity to evaluate and work with a variety of medical and behavior concerns in the shelter.

 

Fearful and over reactive behaviors and other inappropriate social behaviors make up most of Heather’s case load.  She enjoys helping families understand the ‘why’ behind their dog’s behavior.  House training concerns are also a special interest, due to her experience with Italian Greyhounds (in the running for some of the most difficult to house train breeds).  She thrives on working with a variety of behaviors, and looks forward to helping you and your dog

Meet Alexis:

Alexis Day has been with DDTA since early 2017 as an apprentice trainer.  In her time with us, she has completed the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy program to learn foundations, handled her own dog through all levels of class, and done extensive shadowing and assisting with Heather in class. In 2019, Alexis completed the Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right for Instructors program, and earned her Certified Professional Pet Sitter credential with Pet Sitters International.  You will find Alexis teaching group classes (Puppy Support Group, Skills and Manners) and private skills and manners sessions.  She also works with training clients the need special needs pet sitting, and day training options.  She will continues to assist and learn with Heather in behavior modification sessions, to expand her skills. She is a Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Alexis grew up with dogs and horses and has always enjoyed learning about behavior and training. She joined The United States Pony Club, accomplishing her C2 Certification. While working at a dog day care and boarding facility, Alexis realized how much she enjoyed working with dogs and was determined to make it her career.  She loves working with her toy obsessed Mini Australian Shepherd, Hermes.  Alexis immensely enjoys working with Heather and seeing the difference good training makes for the dogs and their owners, and is excited to continue to learn how to make dogs’ lives better.