Diana has an Accredited Dog Trainer certification with the IAABC, demonstrating knowledge of science-based training, various training scenarios, interpreting behaviors and body language.
Diana is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). To attain this certification, she taught over 300 hours of classes, received recommendations from veterinarians, clients, and colleagues, and passed a three-hour exam demonstrating knowledge in Instruction Skills, Animal Husbandry, Ethology, Learning Theory, Equipment, and Business Practices & Ethics.
Diana completed the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program, whose mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.
Diana is certified as a Trick Dog Instructor through the Do More With Your Dog Trick Dog program.
In 2018, Diana earned "Trainer of the Year" after training teams to over 100 titles!
Diana is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, representing dog training professionals who are committed to scientifically based, force-free training and behavior change methods. Force-free means that PPG members will never employ shock, pain, fear, physical force, physical molding, or compulsion-based methods when training or caring for a pet.
Diana's ongoing education includes attending Clicker Expo annually, the Deep Dive course with Ken Ramirez at The Ranch, the Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals with Dr. Susan Friedman, and continuing education with expert positive trainers.
Diana graduated from New York University with a BFA in Film and TV Production/Psychology. She worked as a Corporate Computer Support Manager in the US and in Europe.