House of Dog Training

Allison Walker, CPDT-KA


I have always had a special bond with animals, most especially dogs. In 2000, and after months of begging for a puppy, I became a Puppy Raiser for Canine Companions for Independence while still in high school. After training three puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, two of whom found their forever homes with me; I set my heart on a career in dog training.
During my time at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, I studied English and graduated with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. However, I never forgot my love of dogs and stayed busy working at kennels, doggy day cares and veterinary offices, as well as volunteering at the
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. In October 2009, I joined the Lucky Dog University team as an apprentice trainer under Angie Neal, CDBC.

During my time as an apprentice, I sharpened my training skills using positive reinforcement methods and working with rescue dogs in the Levels Program. I twice earned my certification in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross. I am a member of the
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). As there is always more to learn, I continue to attend conferences and workshops from the leading experts of the training and behavioral world. I am also on the board of directors for Lucky Dog Rescue as the Training Coordinator, donating my time and passion to help homeless pets in the community find their forever homes. From January 2011 to November 2014, I trained with Lucky Dog Resorts, becoming the head trainer for the South location.
As a dog lover, I am never far from my two dogs, Whitman and Jeanine. Whitman is a Spitz/Golden Retriever mix I adopted as a puppy. Jeanine is a Canine Companions for Independence puppy working toward a future as a service dog. Theo holds down the fort as the house cat.
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