Ann McDonald is the Canine Psychologist and Professional Trainer for Thunder Puppy University, LLC. She has years of experience and unlimited resources involving dog training and canine conduct, behavior modification, basic and advanced obedience and is a Certified Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship program.
Her humble beginnings sprouted from often difficult, but ultimately rewarding shelter work- meeting the animal’s every day needs, performing the Humane Society’s temperament analysis for re homing displaced dogs, environmental enhancement, and adoption counseling. This experience led Ann to realize that, with the proper guidance for both canine and human, many of those dogs should have been, or presently could be helped. A new and final career was born, quickly seeing Ann as successful dog trainer, behavior analyst and Canine Psychologist, working with a variety of local and national kennels, rescues, and training institutions.
Today, specializing in dominant breeds- but working with all dogs alike, there has rarely been a dog she has found to be unreachable, regardless of the aggression, dominance, or simply put- “bad behavior” they have been known to, or are currently exhibiting. More often than not, it is the human in the situation who has been innocently taking the wrong approach. Ann is qualified and willing to educate and inform you as to the proper and humane way of dealing with such problems.
Many of Ann’s clients have come to her ‘as a last resort’, when other organizations and reputable trainers have told the dog’s owner that they should give up on, or get rid of, their beloved pet- only to ultimately realize the true value of the animal/human connection and achieve success on a very personal level.
Inspired and motivated by the basic principles and practices of the dog whisperer, Ann has come to discover that most problems are based in, and cured by, Nature and Dog Psychology. She respects that every dog and it’s owner deserves and needs special consideration, and is always open to alternative methods of rehabilitation based on the individuals and prescribed by the current situation.