Every so often you meet a dog trainer and you realize, “Wow its like she knows what the dog is thinking!” That is one of the most common expressions that clients who meet Susie Aga express.
Susie, is the founder of Atlanta Dog Trainer. Her passion for dogs stems from her mission to want to teach people how to communicate with dogs. With 20 years of working with canines, Susie has refined the science of behavior modification by adding her own unique techniques. She has provided learning strategies for numerous families, countless foster families, rescues, non-profits and government agencies that work with canines.
Susie understands that if you wish to keep the communication lines open with dogs one must always be sharp in this ever changing science. What makes Susie Aga stand out above the pack is she is on top of the latest findings and methods of dog behavior modification. Although she humbly considers herself always a student continuously learning and seeking new alternative approaches in this field. Other world leaders in this field consider her a master in the industry. Her unique approach takes into consideration the whole dog and the whole family, as well as all other environmental factors including the breed history.
Understanding the fundamental nature of each breed is key to her ability to assess what is natural for some breeds and unnatural for others. Her studies and work with a variety of wolf sanctuaries’ reinforces her understanding of the psychology of canine behavior.
At home Susie Aga leads the pack with her babies Isabella, Hezekiah, Tooyey and Jeremiah.
Susie Aga specializes in a variety of areas
Below is a snapshot of the most commonly requested support from her clients:
- Assess and addresses aggression management on all levels
- Provides puppy development assessments and plans
- Provides basic through advanced behavior modification and obedience training
- Provides professional breed selection and match for appropriately assessed environments and families
- Breed knowledge assessment
- Severe trauma based behavioral rehabilitation
- Therapy dog trainer and evaluator for several national therapy and canine assisted crisis response organizations
- Teaches companion dog training
- Teaches students how to be companion dog instructors.
- Training instructors and clients how to train humans with special needs and or impairments as well as dogs with special needs and or physical impairments.
- Canine First Aid Instructor
Susie Aga specializes in all breed specific behaviors or mixes of the breeds when in manifests in problem behaviors plus how to manage the characteristics before problems arise. She personally works with herding and working dog specific breed behavioral modification solutions. She has been a rescue dog person and she has rescued over 25 personal dogs with severe behavioral imprinting behaviors and specializes in solutions and being a positive rehabilitator. Susie Aga has a vast knowledge in-hands on building a very successful business for over 15 years gives her excellent ability to teach how to be a successful businessperson and excellent canine instructor. She teaches an efficient program for kennel management, daycare management, and how to manage and grow a successful business from the ground up. Susie is the director of training for all the staff and trainers for Atlanta Dog Trainer and Pet Resort as well as for Academy for Professional Dog Trainers.
Susie Aga’s Certifications and membership associations include:
- Ken Ramirez February 2017 Art and Science Animal Training Conference
- Suzanne Clothier May 2016 Fight or flight seminar
- John Rogerson Bully Breed workshop December 2015
- John Rogerson Handling Reactive Dog Workshop December 2015
- Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers 2006-2015 Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed
- The Northern Centre for Canine Behavior – John Rogerson – 20 day International Dog Training and Behavior Course—January 3-22, 2013
- The Northern Centre for Canine Behavior – John Rogerson –7 Day Professional Dog Training and Behavior Problem Solving Course—January 29 – February 4, 2013
- Wheelgates Stable Dog – John Rogerson – Stable Dog Training — January 2013
- The Northern Center for Canine Behavior – John Rogerson – Instructor on Infusing Humor into Training — January 3-22, 2013
- The Northern Center for Canine Behavior – John Rogerson – Guest Instructor on Dealing with Difficult Dogs — January 3-22, 2013
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference – October 2011 — 30 CEC
- K9 Nose Work Training Camp – Training Camp — April 7-10, 2011
- K9 Nose Work Training Camp – Instructor Education Day 1 — April 11, 2011
- Kennesaw State University – 2011
- R.E.A.D. Regional Rendezvous Conference – February 20, 2011 — 0.6 CEU
- Wolf Park Institute of Ethology – Behavior Intensive Weekend — February 4– 6, 2011
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference – October 2010 — 30 CEC
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Workshop — July 9–11, 2010
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Screening — May 22, 2010
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference – October 2009 — 32 CEC
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Working with the Media — September 13, 2009
- UMBC–Critical Incident Stress Management – Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support – August 6-8, 2009 — 1.3 CEU
- UMBC–Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention – August 6–8, 2009 — 1.4 CEU
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Workshop — July 10–12, 2009
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Evaluator Screening — June 13, 2009
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Evaluator Screening — May 28, 2009
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Southeast Region Evaluator/Screener Training — May 17, 2009
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Community Emergency Response Team Training — April 6, 2009
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – The Language of Dogs – Instructor — March 8, 2009
- Canine Action – Canine Behavior Problems: Recognition to Resolution – Sarah Kalnajs & Pat Miller, Instructor — February 21–22, 2009
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference – October 2008 — 32 CEC
- Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – Hope AACR Certification Training Program — July 27, 2008
- Triple Crown Academy – Aggression/Behavior Seminar — September 2, 2006
- Twelve Paws Canine Academy – Beyond the Basics (of Dog Training) – Terry Ryan, Instructor — March 25–26, 2006
- Triple Crown Academy – Behavior Modification Seminar — August 15, 2005
- Triple Crown Academy – Canine Behavior & Training Specialist — August 16th, 2002