A little about me. My name is Cassie Pestana and I’ve created this blog as a way of combining my passions in science, writing, and most importantly, everything dog.
In 2015 I graduated from Brown University with a bachelors degree in Biology. During that time, I couldn’t own a dog of my own so I volunteered for Providence Animal Rescue League. That experience, along with my courses in canine cognition and animal behavior, ignited a fire in me to understand these animals – how they learn, communicate, express themselves, etc. However, many amazing mentors along the way have shown me that understanding dogs is just the first step. We have to work together to help the millions of dog-lovers out there to understand them, too. And that’s where this blog comes in.
Since my graduation, I’ve moved back to Dana Point, California where I’ve been working with Karma Dog Training for over a year training companion puppies and adult dogs. I attend yearly behavior conferences in order to keep my methods and knowledge up-to-date. I’m also now a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator.
Most people will claim that animals can’t talk. But can’t they? They’re trying to communicate with us every second. We just have to learn how to listen.
– New Mexico Humane Conference August 2015
– Anaheim IAABC Canine Behavior Conference April 2016
– Portland Karen Pryor Clicker Expo January 2017
– Dog Trainer Foundations in Clicker Training – Karen Pryor Academy
– Canine Behavior and Cognition – Dr. Ruth Colwill at Brown University
– Dog Emotion and Cognition – Dr. Brian Hare of Duke University
– Dog Trainer Academy – Dr. Ian Dunbar
– Treatment and Prevention of Dog Aggression – Dr. Ian Dunbar
– Pet Nutrition – Holly and Hugo
– Veterinary Support Assistant – Holly and Hugo