Aubrey McElhiney CPDT-KA is the owner and head trainer of Sit Pretty Dog Training. She is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Aubrey is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, and she has worked professionally with animals since 2007. She gained experience teaching people while working as an educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, and learned to work with various dog breeds as a veterinary technician in an emergency and specialty practice in Los Angeles. More recently in Boston, Aubrey worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo, where she trained or assisted in training a variety of exotic animals.
As her career progressed from vet tech to zookeeper to aquarium vet tech, Aubrey realized dog training is her first love. During her five years working in the veterinary field, she noticed that the discomfort animals can have in veterinary clinics makes work difficult for veterinarians and can make dogs and their owners anxious. She has also seen instances of dogs being returned to shelters and rescues due to a lack of training. These situations ranged from differing energy levels between an owner and the dog chosen, to leash reactivity in the city, to simple misunderstanding of normal dog behavior. Being a witness to these common problems has led Aubrey to work with dogs in a way that reduces frustration in dogs and their owners with supportive and positive communication. Aubrey wants to be there to support new dog owners, veterinary clinicians and their clients, and people who are struggling to maintain a balanced city life with their dogs.
As a veterinary technician and avid participant in dog sports, Aubrey has worked with many different dog breeds, and knows how to tailor training regimens to suit different temperaments of individual dogs. She believes that many dogs can adapt to fit a lifestyle that suits a city dweller with the right training and mental stimulation.
Aubrey lives in Jamaica Plain with her two dogs, Eleanor and Jolene. They are active in the dog sport flyball and can be seen with their team, Beantown Blitz, at tournaments throughout the year. Aubrey also enjoys working her dogs in rally obedience, dock diving, and lure coursing. Sometimes you might even catch her throwing a disc or two for Jojo. She also works hard to make sure her dogs are well adjusted city dwellers. Say hi if you see them in JP!