Certified Trainer & BnR Training Program Director Theresa Kolpakova, M.Ed., ABCDT, is an ABC Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She loves all animals wild and wild at heart, and graduated in 2012 from Animal Behavior College. She has taught classes in the Northeast and Southwest on dog behavior and bite prevention for rescue shelter Staff and Volunteers of diverse age and ability, as well as group classes and clinics addressing reactive dog behaviors. As BnR’s Training Program Manager, she mentors an incredible team of certified trainers, and conducts remote behavior evaluations from her base in San Diego, CA. A humane educator with experience working in animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation, and animal conservation and welfare organizations in North and South America since 2001, Theresa has loved bringing humane education (and dogs!) into elementary classrooms, as well as animal-assisted therapy to youth group homes and children with disabilities. She co-created a shelter program designed specifically for children and adults experiencing fear of dogs due to phobia or past trauma, and enjoys learning something new every day from the dogs and people she interacts with in training. As a force-free trainer, Theresa is the founder of DogSpeak, a private training service based in San Diego, CA, providing Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs and Their People, including behavior consultations to address reactive, aggressive, and anxious behaviors. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) as well as a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Theresa is also honored to be a Board Member of BnR’s Rock n’ Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization coordinating with rescuers in Puerto Rico and the southeastern United States as well as working within the community to place adoptable dogs in permanent loving homes as well as providing free positive reinforcement training during each dog’s transition into a forever home.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: For years as a pre-teen Theresa and her cousins had an all out air guitar and lip sync band dedicated to Kiss, and religiously met every weekend to “play concert” and perform in their family room. She always had the Detroit Rock City guitar solo, her fave. Bonus Fact: Theresa crushed on Ace as well as Vince Neil. Great taste!**