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♦ Meet the Trainer - Barbara Flick ♦

Barbara ha strained dogs for over twenty years, the last five years as a certified dog trainer in Omaha, NE. She is a graduate of Creighton Law School, honors graduate of Animal Behavior College, Licensed Customs Broker, Instructor at the Nebraska Humane Society, AKC Good Citizen’s Evaluator, Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Project HEART volunteer trainer, mentor of student trainers, a Legal Guardian for special needs adults and a Reiki II Practitioner. Barbara’s strong background in adult education formed while teaching Para-legal classes at Metropolitan Community College and at Nebraska College of Business. Barbara pursues ongoing dog training education by attending several seminars per year and extensive reading of the latest research and information. She is also working toward her Level III Reiki certification. Barbara’s dog, Karma, has been an inspiration to her and opened a path for Barbara to help those who love and respect their canine companions.

When she is not helping others train their own dogs, Barbara enjoys hiking; camping and long daily walks with her three rescue dogs: Karma, Rider, and Greta.

• Training Philosophy •

The method you use to train your dog has big effects on the outcome of your training program. Do you use fear and intimidation or respect and teamwork? Fear can breed aggression and intimidation often leads to distrust and more fear. It is better to build a strong bond with your dog, developing harmony and mutual understanding. My training platform unites the science of how dogs learn with reward-based techniques. This method supports trust, teamwork and compassion. Together, we will use operant and classical conditioning systems, to shape your dog into a “livable” canine companion. Transform your dogs’ behaviors by way of guidance and leadership. Harsh methods and punishment are counterproductive. If you want to change your dog, first change yourself. Consider the situation from the canine point of view; after all, who do you love? Your dog of course!


♦ Meet the Trainer - Julie Grady ♦

Julie has been training dogs on a formal basis for five years; she often works with reactive or aggressive dogs. Julie’s formal training was through Animal Behavior College. The Nebraska Humane Society, Petco and the local German Shorthair Pointer Rescue Group have all benefited from her dog training skills. Julie also serves as a foster Mom for dogs waiting to be adopted into good homes. Julie’s commitment to training came about through a traumatic experience with her own dog.


♦ Meet the Trainer - Laura Stang ♦

Laura’s varied careers (RN, School Paraprofessional, Cosmetology instructor and Stay at Home Mom) have shaped her into a person committed to help dogs and their people. Laura is a volunteer trainer at the Nebraska Humane Society and has been assisting Barbara in many classes over a two year period. Laura is learning to better her skills as a dog trainer through Good Karma Dog Training, she is eager to share her time, skills and experiences with dogs and their people. Laura’s commitment to positive training came about after her dog had a horrible experience with a “traditional method” dog trainer.