Master Trainer and School Founder

Terena Thomas


Terena began training dogs and winning at the age of nine! Now with more than a decade of high scores in the AKC Obedience and competition show rings, she has honed her skills as a trainer. In 1986 she refused to use the choke and pinch methods of training on her best friend. Since that time she has been a pioneer for powerful and effective training without fear and pain. Humane training is a priority at the Animal Behavior Academy!

Terena is one of the few trainers in Colorado certified by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She also holds memberships in the Roaring Fork Kennel Club Director, the Delta Society, and the International Association of Canine Professionals.

She is a founding partner of Hound Heaven, Ltd., a non-profit organization that trains and places service animals.

Terena is also certified through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Assoc. as a registered Horseback Riding Instructor.

Her family genealogy includes Clyde Beatty the Lion Tamer! Using the skills of Hollywood trainers Terena’s animals have performed in schools, churches, clubs and many other events. Her work with high-risk children and the rehabilitation of all kinds of animals with histories of abuse further compounds her belief in training without pain, fear or intimidation.

Terena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado. She has presented her behavior modification techniques in the US and internationally. Cambridge University is currently reviewing Terena’s research for publication.

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Terena Thomas, CPDT
Head Trainer

Animal Behavior Academy
14503 Colorado River Road
Gypsum, CO 81637



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