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 those 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 positive expert trainers.
In 2022, Diana was voted the 10th top-ranked Trainer in WA and the 4th top-ranked in Seattle by SniffSpot! This list of the top dog trainers is based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 45,000 votes were used in compiling this list.
Diana is a member of the Seattle Positive Dog Trainer Group, a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a member of the German Shepherd Club of America. She is certified as a TAGteacher Level 1 trainer.
Diana has also completed Canine Aggression and Fear courses from Michael Shikashio, Pat Miller, Anders Hallgren, and Nicole Wilde. She completed the Master Certification in Canine Nutrition with Linda P. Case, the Low-Stress Handling Silver Certification, and certified Pet First Aid from Walks N Wags.
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 Europe.