Amy Cook, PhD

Amy Cook, PhD has been training dogs for nearly 30 years and, through Full Circle Dog Training and Play Way Dogs in Oakland, Calif., has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for more than 20 years.

She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC, a longstanding professional member of the APDT, and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through independent evaluation. She is a graduate of the SFSPCA academy for dog trainers and has attended all 4 “chicken camps” in Hot Springs, Ark., taught by Bob Bailey. Amy has also owned the “shy-k9s” list on yahoo, a 4000-member group dedicated to the rehabilitation of fearful dogs, since 2001.

Amy has worked for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and has provided behavioral evaluations for shelters and rescues throughout the Bay Area of California. She currently works with the anti-cruelty team at the ASPCA doing behavioral evaluations and psychological enrichment of the dogs seized in dog fighting, puppy mill, and hoarding cases.

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. She has also studied causal inference and olfaction in dogs. She has extensive experience as an instructor, having taught sections of introductory psychology (both in person and online), human emotion, developmental psychology, social psychology, stigma and prejudice, statistics, and animal cognition.

Amy speaks and teaches nationally, giving seminars, workshops and conference talks around the country. Her schedule can be found at www.playwaydogs.com.

Amy’s workshops