About Another Approach
Your Pet is our priority. It's why we do what we do.
Solving your dog or cat behavior problem is our whole focus.
You and your pet need another approach
You're probably feeling desperate, frustrated, and even a little bit hopeless. You've tried everything you can think of, and your pet is still behaving badly.
We get it. We're animal behavior specialists, and we understand how difficult this situation is for both you and your pet. That's why we take a holistic approach to solving behavior problems, using a combination of training methods tailored specifically to your pet's personality and needs.
People who hire us need help, and they want results. They want Another Approach.
The "Do's" of Another Approach
- We DO only use scientifically sound, reward-based, humane, and modern training methods.
- We DO customize our approach and behavior plan to each individual pet.
- We DO commit to continuing education and professional development.
- We DO provide above-and-beyond care for our human clients too!
The "don'ts" of Another Approach
- We DO NOT use punishment or coercive methods… ever.
- We DO NOT guarantee results. Our methods work… but many variables are outside our control… most notably your compliance. It is actually against the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers’ Code of Ethics to provide any guarantee of behavioral results.
Meet Our Credentialed, Experienced, Knowledgeable Team
The specialists at Another Approach are leading the pack when it comes to pet behavior consulting and training. Each team member has over 30 years of professional experience in the animal behavior field. It’s what sets us apart from everyone else.
Hi! I’m Suzi and as an animal behavior specialist, I’ve been helping dogs, cats, birds, and the people that love them for over 30 years. (yikes, I just realized I’ve been saying that for a while… it’s actually been 37 years now… sheesh, time flies!)
You can read all about my wild ride, from lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) to dogs and cats and their people in my Adventure Story blog article!
I am the cat expert of the team and I specialize in the treatment of cat behavior problems of all types.
In addition to cats, I also have extensive experience working with aggression and fearful behavior in dogs.
What is the alphabet soup after my name? I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program at Moorpark College (thus the lions and tigers and bears).
I have extensive experience working with a wide variety of animals and I know I can help you with yours.
I have also expanded my education and professional accomplishments by becoming a Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner for companion animals and I am a Reiki Master.
I combine my scientific background and formal education in animal behavior with alternative methods such as energy work to find just the right strategy for each pet.
I never use outdated methods such as “dominance” or being “alpha” to control behavior. Instead, I focus on changing the pet’s emotional reaction to the things that trigger unwanted behavior. Once the pet’s reaction changes, their behavior changes as well.
I understand the frustration that can occur when a pet that is sweet and friendly with the family, is suddenly scared or aggressive when other
people are around. It is my mission to help your pet so that everyone else can see the same wonder pet that YOU see.
Greetings! I’m Jean. My interest in animal training goes waaaaaay back. As a kid, I read about a college for animal training, and I got in! So, as I got ready to graduate high school, most of my friends were headed to ivy league schools (yep! I am a nerd).
I donned a t-shirt with a lion on it and headed to California to learn animal training at Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM). Although Suzi and I were some of the youngest in our class, we knew what we wanted to do way back then.
After all, I’d loved animals all my life but growing up in the suburbs didn’t offer the experience I dreamt of. Tigers and golden retrievers (not together, silly) were in my plans. My first golden came into my life while I was still at EATM, Gypsy and I would share many years, and she would help me raise a tiger cub. (So maybe they were together there for a bit.)
I was one of the lucky ones; I put my degree into use professionally with a wide range of animal species in zoos, aquariums, and for TV and movie work. Even a Superbowl commercial with Tess, the tiger!
My life has been full of non-human family members as well, including snakes, rodents, cats, birds, and of course, dogs. I moved to Washington in 1994 to work at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as a zookeeper and animal trainer, mostly with the marine mammals – including the amazing walrus ET. Additionally, late in 1994, I started teaching household manners dog classes.
I love helping families and their dogs build lasting, loving relationships through reward-based training. I added it up for a resume one time; over the 25+ years, I have taught thousands of classes! And worked individually with hundreds of people and their pets on a wide range of subjects, from prepping for puppies to reactive and aggressive dogs.
This kind of training works! I have also been involved personally in many other aspects of the dog world, as an active rescue volunteer for over 25 years, showing dogs in conformation, titling dogs in obedience and agility, and raising litters.
I believe in setting you and your canine family up for success by utilizing positive reinforcement methods, working with the abilities and goals of your family to resolve behavioral issues, and developing the human-dog connection.
The methods I’ve used to teach seals to lie still for blood draws are the same ones that helped my heart dog Catch allow the vet to inspect his mouth while fully awake after knocking seven teeth out playing frisbee (after a REALLY bad throw on my part). My current family includes a gaggle of golden retrievers related to Catch, who often help with classes and lessons.
My name is Louisa Beal, and I emerged from Washington State University as a newly minted DVM way back in 1984. I was fascinated by the behavioral aspect of veterinary medicine from the beginning. I was fortunate to complete behavior externships with three of the most well-known Animal Behaviorist in the nation at the time.
I studied under Victoria Voith DVM, DACVB at the University of Pennsylvania Behavior Clinic, Peter Borchelt CAAB with Animal Behavior Consultants, and Katherine Houpt VMD, DACVB at the Cornell University Behavior Clinic.
In 1986 I opened Brown’s Point Veterinary Clinic and enjoyed practicing general medicine and behavior for ten years before selling the practice. I have also enjoyed being an Instructor for the Veterinary Assistant program at Renton Technical College.
One of my favorite passions is speaking to groups on the subjects of practicing Low-stress and Fear-free veterinary medicine, as well as behavior and training subjects.
I have also had a blast clicker training my Belgian Tervuren Loki and Paxil in the sports of Obedience and Canine Musical Freestyle, earning CD titles with both dogs!
After a fulfilling career helping pets and their people, I have retired from seeing clients directly. Still, I enjoy staying active in the behavior field by offering vet-to-vet consultations on Behavioral Medication for Another Approach Behavior Solutions clients.
Is Another Approach Right for My Pet?
It only takes 15 minutes to help you decide if Another Approach Behavior Solutions is right for your pet and determine which plan will best suit their unique needs.
Schedule your free introductory consultation today. Don’t wait!