Lena Skov, MBA, KPA-CTP
in the Russian Federation. If any of you have Russian friends, you would know that we are true dog lovers. First dog that stole my heart was a European German Shepherd, Lotta. She did not belong to me but to my aunt, who lived within a 10 minute walking distance from us. I was not allowed to have dogs due to my asthma and allergies (yes, I still have both). Instead, Lotta and I would go for long walks. She was so sweet and intelligent! She always seemed to know when to be silly, and when just to sit next to me in a mutual silence. Lotta is my lifelong inspiration!
I came to the United States in my early twenties, worked my way through school, received Master of Business Administration degree and proceeded to have a comfortable career in Marketing while dreaming about working with dogs. I then quit my corporate job and opened Understanding Our Dogs LLC.
I recently relocated to Stanley, NC, with my husband, Erik, and our three Great Danes: Mari, our wonderful rescue who is nine-and-a-half years old; Vito, who became an AKC champion at 11 months of age; and Pinkie, who was a Top 20 Champion Dane in the country while earning titles in Obedience and Rally.
I have been training dogs since 1998 and used many mainstream methods. For ten years I attended at least 1-2 classes each week. Once I began to study the science of applied animal behavior and learning theory, I chose to advance my education by enrolling in the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA). I am now a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP).
The Academy is built on decades of scientific research and practical development by behavior analysts, ethologists and event-marker trainers around the world. I was very fortunate to study at the Academy under Julie Shaw, R.V.T. Julie works as the Animal Behavior Technologist at the Animal Behavior Clinic of Purdue University headed by Dr. Andrew Luescher, D.V.M., Ph.D., who is certified as an applied animal behaviorist by the Animal Behavior Society and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
My trainer's "toolbox" contains the knowledge gained through elite education and personal experience collected over 10 years of working with dogs of many breeds and personalities.