Diana is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). To attain this certification, she taught over 300 hours of classes and received recommendations from veterinarians, clients, and colleagues. She passed a three-hour science-based exam demonstrating knowledge in Instruction Skills, Animal Husbandry, Ethology, Learning Theory, Equipment, and Business Practices & Ethics.
Diana is a Full Member of the APDT, a professional organization of trainers committed to a code of conduct to provide outstanding service and pursue continuing education. APDT trainers are knowledgeable, caring, and conscientious, and will help clients achieve their training goals through the use of dog-friendly training.
Diana is a member of the Pet Professional Guild which represents 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 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 successfully 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'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 is a member of the Seattle Positive Dog Trainer Group, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the German Shepherd Club of America. She is certified as a TAGteacher Level 1 trainer.
Diana has also completed training in Canine Aggression/Fear from Michael Shikashio, Pat Miller, and Nicole Wilde.
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.