About Me

Fear and Reactivity Trainer

Hello! I’m Rachel.

Certified Training Consultant – Rachel Ash, CTC, CPDT-KA, SAPro
A graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and certified professional dog trainer, Rachel discovered her passion for working with reactive dogs while on a journey to help her fearful pup, Maya.

After being re-homed multiple times at an early age, Maya became profoundly fearful. By the time Rachel fostered her, she knew Maya would not be able to handle another re-homing. The environmental changes were too overwhelming — the once playful and relaxed puppy was now growling, lunging, and barking at both strangers and dogs.

Rachel decided to adopt Maya and embark on a journey to teach Maya to feel safe in the human world. Fear and aggression are challenging problems that require well-planned interventions by an experienced trainer. For these reasons, Rachel focused her education and practice on preventing and treating fear and aggression in our canine companions.

Today, in addition to working with private clients, Rachel teaches reactive rover classes, private lessons, and puppy socials for the Maryland SPCA. Her commitment to combating animal surrenders to shelters goes one step further by providing services to her puppy clients to prevent fear and aggression via adequate socialization and aggression-prevention exercises.

Rachel’s life with Maya has provided her with a unique insight into the challenges that come with living day in and day out with a fearful, reactive dog. This experience has better equipped her to help her clients and their dogs live happier lives and has made her the perfect choice for a fear and reactivity trainer.

My Approach

I have a four-tier approach to coaching clients and training dogs:

Educate

Understanding why your dog does what he does is the first step in tackling sometimes frustrating and overwhelming behaviors with empathy.

Prevent

Set your dog up for success by rearranging the environment to keep everyone safe and prevent your dog from rehearsing problem behaviors.

Enrich

Implement activities that will provide approved, enriching outlets for your dog’s mental and physical needs outside of walks.

Train

Execute a simple, tailored training program to change the way your dog feels about things that make him uncomfortable or frustrated.

Note: Dog training is an unregulated industry, and, sadly, there are still many trainers using antiquated methods that are designed to hurt and/or scare dogs. Unsurprisingly perhaps, these “aversive” training approaches can lead to dogs becoming more fearful and aggressive. Whether you work with me or someone else, I encourage you to find a professional who only uses force-free training methods. Please read the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position statement about punishment to understand better why force should not be an option — especially when working to help fearful and reactive dogs: Punishment_Position_Statement-download_-_10-6-14.pdf

Professional Development & Credentials

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Pawsitive Behavior Solutions, LLC

Owner and Operator

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Maryland SPCA Trainer

Instructor for Reactive Rover, Separation Anxiety and Puppy Socialization Classes

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CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed

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CTC

Certificate in Training and Counseling, a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers

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Certificate

Aggression in Dogs Master Course, Michael Shikashio

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FFCP

Fear-free Certified Shelter Professional

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APDT

Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

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IAABC

Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

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PPG

Member of the Pet Professional Guild

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Pet First Aid and CPR Certification

Rescue Encore

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University of Edinburgh Clinical Animal Behavior Masters Course

Student

How to Work With Me:

Fear and Reactivity

Is your dog frozen in fear or growling, barking, and lunging at dogs or people? Are you afraid of what your dog may do?

I have a simple, humane, results-driven approach to help you get peace back into your life.

Group Training

Looking for a cost-efficient option that will allow you and your dog to practice building skills in a group setting? 

Whether you have a reactive rover or a puppy ready for the next steps, I have class that’s right for you. 

Puppy Training

Do you want to ensure that your puppy will grow up to love people, enjoy the company of other dogs, gladly give up his favorite stuff, and relax when he is left alone?

You can enjoy a life with your dog free of fear and aggression by laying a positive foundation.

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Our Service Area

Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Southern Hardford County: White Marsh, Perry Hall, Kingsville, Bel Air, Parkville, Pikesville, Catonsville, Timonium, Towson, and Baltimore City. Clients who live outside of my service area can be accommodated with an extra travel charge.