Amanda is committed to using progressive, force-free training methods to improve human and dog communication and relationships.
After graduating from Olympia High School in Washington State, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and has a strong background in the art and science of animal learning. She has been working professionally with dogs since 2000 and has supplemented her hands-on experience with formal training in classes, seminars, and workshops given by leaders in the field of dog behavior and training. In 2006, she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and founded her training business, Sidekick Dog Training.
Amanda worked for nearly 10 years as senior trainer with Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, Wash., where she helped hundreds of families build relationships with their newly adopted dogs and puppies. In addition to puppy classes and basic manners, Amanda has developed and taught a wide range of innovative courses including Double Dog Manners, Manners About Town, Reactive Rover and Shy Dog Manners. She is known as the “go to” person for Reactive Rover training in the Puget Sound region.
Amanda currently serves as the human/canine interest consultant and canine expert for Seattle’s King 5 Evening TV show. She was also a regular contributor to the Journal Newspapers’ Pampered Pets column, and her training advice has been featured on The Animal Rescue Site, The Bark Blog, and in both City Dog and Dog Fancy magazines. Amanda is a an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Dog evaluator, is an active member of Puget Sound Positive Trainers (PSPT), and recently co-founded Kitsap Peninsula Positive Trainers (KPPT).
Amanda is equal parts dog person and people person. She is a big believer in giving back to the community and regularly contributes to organizations that work to improve the lives of human and non-human animals, including numerous animal shelters, retirement homes, senior centers, and schools in the Puget Sound area. Amanda was adoption and admissions supervisor for Seattle Humane Society for more than 3 years and was dog program manager at Woodinville’s Homeward Pet Adoption Center for more than a year. In 2006, she set a record for the number of dogs adopted from Homeward Pet. She also volunteered weekly with the Canine Connections prison pet program at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie for more than 5 years.
Amanda lives in Port Orchard, Wash. with her four adopted dogs and regularly competes in agility and barn hunt; she is also obsessed with canine parkour!
For more information about Amanda and her company, Sidekick Dog Training, visit SidekickDogTraining.com.