Valeria Cascaddan

KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CCBC-KA

Founder | Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant | Director of Behavior & Training

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Hey there, I'm Valeria Cascaddan, owner of Drop the Leash LLC, Family Dog Training.

 

I've been obsessed with animals, behavior, and learning for over 30 years. I have experience in many areas of the animal care industry and the education to match. Not only do I love teaching dogs, but I also love teaching people too!

 

As your Canine Behavior Consultant and Family Dog Mediator, I am certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in behavior consulting and training, CBCC-KA & CPDT-KA. Karen Pryor Academy as a Certified Training Partner, KPA-CTP. Fear Free Certified Professional, FFCP. Licensed Family Dog Mediator® in the behavior division, LFDM-B.

 

To provide the best for you, I continue to pursue education for the most up-to-date information available in the sciences of behavior analysis, animal behavior, teaching, and learning attending many webinars, conferences, and expos.

 

Drop the Leash LLC provides education for those interested in teaching the dogs they live with using the most positive, least intrusive teaching methods currently available. I support effective, reliable behavior change for your family dog without using physical intimidation, fear, pain, or discomfort. Providing the same teaching quality and education for the human end of the leash, that’s you, as I do for your four-legged companion. I strive to give you the skills and knowledge needed to be a confident guide for your family dog. I’m here to help you understand your dog's true nature and how to nurture your dog’s behavior effectively.

 

I spend my self-care time with my family, our two dogs, Roo and Dobby, our decades-old cat, Jynx, and multiple other animals on our homestead in Northern Michigan. I enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, wild food foraging, birdwatching, and many other outdoor activities. In addition, I am an avid reader and artist.

 

Drop the Leash LLC’s services are online and virtual to help accommodate you wherever you live.

Certifications & Education

MISSION STATEMENT

Drop the Leash Dog Training provides education for the individual interested in teaching their dog with the most positive, least intrusive teaching methods currently available and backed by available scientific research.

 

Drop the Leash Dog Training supports effective, reliable, behavior change for the family dog without the use of physical intimidation, fear, pain or discomfort. 

 

Drop the Leash Dog Training does not use or advocate choke chains, pinch collars, shock (e-collar, stim, etc.) collars, throw cans, water spray, dominance rolls, or throw chains and educates dog owners about the most positive, least intrusive alternatives available.

 

Drop the Leash Dog Training provides the same teaching quality and education for the human end of the leash as we do for their four-legged companion, giving the human guardian the skills and knowledge needed to be a confident guide for the family dog.

 

To provide all of the above, Drop the Leash Dog Training continues to pursue education for the most up to date information available on behavior analysis, animal behavior, teaching and learning.

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