“Wow, it’s like she knows what the dog is thinking!”
That’s one of the most common expressions from clients who meet Susie Aga.
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 them. After 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, you 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 Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Noah and Savior.
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:
Susan McMillian 2019 Defensive handling and advance skills
Suzanne Clothier 2018 Managing aggression and behavioral issues
Suzanne Clothier 2018 Problem solving , dog aggression threshold and stability
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