Owner and Trainer

Joey Iversen

Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Counselor, CBATI, CPDT, KPA-CTP, TAGTeach Level 2

With over 16 years experience training and showing both dogs and horses, Joey has worked with all breeds of dogs and their owners.  Her calm, patient manner makes it easy for people and dogs to understand and learn from her.  Joey received her Certified Pet Dog Trainer title from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.  She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.   According to a company statement, the “Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior is an innovative institution committed to educating, certifying, and promoting the next generation of animal trainers. World-renowned trainer, author, and behavioral biologist Karen Pryor is a pioneer of force-free training technology.”   Joey has reinforced her knowledge by attending hundreds of seminars, training sessions, and workshops given by internationally renowned experts.

“Happy, well trained dogs don’t just happen.  I believe the key to effective training is understanding canine learning and communication.  I teach owners to communicate with their puppies and dogs without force, by leading, targeting, shaping, bonding, and reinforcement of proper behavior.  I really enjoy coaching people and their canine companions.”

In 2007, Joey relocated to Washington from Iowa where she developed and co-owned a successful training, daycare, agility center and boarding facility.  There, Joey developed and taught all levels of dog and puppy obedience classes, agility, CGC, Rally-O, private lessons, and behavior counseling.  She coached competitors in all canine sports and personally holds titles in Obedience, Rally-O, and Agility.

Joey has a passion for youth and teenagers.  She and her Black Russian Terrier, “Pirate” are a registered Pet Partner team with Delta Society and participate in Animal Assisted Therapy, the Reading Education Assistance Dog program, and numerous other animal-assisted activities to better the lives of children and families.  She received a Certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy Activities and Learning from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Joey has been doing BAT since it first came out. She is an excellent speaker and a conscientious trainer.  Joey is one of the two speakers that Grisha Stewart has brought on board to do official 2-day BAT seminars. If you would like to host Joey for a seminar, please contact www.empoweredanimals.com.

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