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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Personal canine instructor for the family of Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Kurdistan, Iraq 2006.

  • Lead consultant for the Kurdistan Regional Government's national canine security services, Iraq 2006.

  • Investigator for UAB’s Department of Psychology, therapy dog intervention study for traumatic brain injury patients, 2014.​

  • Co-creator and lead manager of Transitional Partners, a Dog-Assisted Work Therapy (DAWT) program for persons suffering with mental illness at East Side Mental Health Center. This program was co-developed with Kevin McDonald, canine behaviorist and Dr. Joseph Schumacher, PhD, clinical psychology.

  • Preparatory training of dog / handler teams for certification as Therapy Dog Teams to visit hospitals and nursing homes

  • Training of psychiatric service dogs for sufferers of traumatic stress, present.

  • Served as faculty member for Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards, 37th Annual Conference, “Dog-assisted Work Therapy”, May 2011.

  • Hand-in-Paw recognized therapy dog trainer, 2015.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Presenter for Mountain Brook Police Department, canine body language interpretation and bite prevention seminar, 2017.

  • Presented to University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Preventive Medicines Grand Rounds, Dog-assisted work therapy for Veterans; Proposal for research and practice, 2010.

  • Presenter at Shocco Springs 2011 Annual Mental Health Conference.

  • Presenter of “Companion Dogs – A New Approach” at 2011 NAMI Annual State Conference in Montgomery, AL.

  • Presented canine aggression safety seminar for parenting students at Birmingham City Schools, 2007.

  • ​Presenter “Canine Transitional Partners” at East Side Mental Health Center, Birmingham, AL Feb 2012.

  • Presenter “The Way of the Dog”, an educational seminar for Huntsville area dog trainers, May 2012.

  • ​Guest author, Good Grit Magazine, Flourish Issue, "The Cognitive Canine", 2017.

  • ​Guest speaker, Jewish War Veterans Post 608, "The Boy King and his Royal Dog," 2018.

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Aaron McDonald

Canine Behaviorist and President of 3D Dog

Aaron McDonald is a canine behaviorist, author, dog trainer, consultant, and President of Three Dimensional Dog in Birmingham, AL; and co-owner of McDonald Canine Academy.

 

With 20 years of experience he has accumulated well over ten thousand hours of instruction and education in the rehabilitation of canine behavioral dysfunction, canine behavior consultancy, and training.

This experience culminated the development of the Unified Theory of Canine Behavior, an innovative, systems-based cognitive-behavioral theory.

Aaron has participated in live radio, news broadcasts, and has been sought for his expertise by: CNN, Yahoo News, Southern Living, B-Metro Magazine, Eating Well magazine, petMD, the world’s largest pet health media provider.

 

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Kelli Grigg 

Canine Behaviorist and Dog Trainer, Birmingham Alabama

Kelli Grigg is a 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist and dog trainer located in Birmingham, Alabama. 

 

She graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in English and a Psychology minor. A senior semester psychology course titled Animal Behavior ignited a passion for animal behavior and conservation. After gaining a Zoo Animal Technology degree from Santa Fe College, Kelli accumulated seven and a half years of zoo-keeping experience.

 

During this time, Kelli developed a myriad of specialized skills working with large and small exotic animals with a focus on carnivore training. These included: African lions, Malayan tiger, Red pandas, Coyotes, Fishing Cats, Bobcat, Ocelot, and more.

As a canine behavior expert, Kelli brings a rich understanding of animal cognition and behavior to the team, and is excited to use that knowledge to benefit area families and their four-legged friends.

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EDUCATION

  • University of North FloridaB.A. English Literature, Psychology Minor 2012, Santa Fe College

  • A.A.S. Zoo Animal Technology 2014

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist 2021

  • Canine behavior modification and training

  • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

  • Skills development

  • Relationship-based training

  • Cognitive-behavioral consultation

  • Service and therapy dog training​

 

Birmingham Zoo – Predator Keeper II 2015-2020

  • Trained all animals within the department including: African lions, Malayan tiger, Red pandas, Coyotes, Fishing Cats, Bobcat, Ocelot, and other small cat species.

 

TRAINING EXPERIENCE

  • Voluntary x-ray of leg, Fishing cat

  • Paw Presentation for nail trims, Ocelot

  • Paw presentation for medical checks, Bobcat

  • Hip presentation for injections, African lion

  • Aspiration of cancerous mass, Malayan tiger

  • Voluntary blood pressure readings, Red panda

  • Voluntary application of topical flea medication, Bobcat

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Amy Haycox
 

Amy Haycox is a 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist and dog trainer located in Birmingham, Alabama. 

 

She is a graduate of the University of Texas Arlington. A life-long passion for animals began at 5 years of age riding horses.

 

During this time, Amy developed a myriad of specialized skills working with large and small exotic animals with a focus on carnivore training.

 

These included: Black Bear, Foxes, Otters, Horses, and now dogs!

Amy's compassionate teaching style and knowledge about canine behavior and cognition is the perfect resource for families looking to improve their human / canine relationship. 

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EDUCATION

  • University of Texas at Arlington

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist 2021

  • Canine behavior modification and training

  • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

  • Skills development

  • Relationship-based training

  • Cognitive-behavioral consultation

  • Service and therapy dog training​

 

Birmingham Zoo – Children’s Zoo Animal Care

Professional II,  2018 – 2021

  • Primary trainer for a diverse variety  mammals, reptiles and avids.

  • Point keeper for Black Bears, Foxes, and Sandhill Cranes. 

  • Head of the Zoo’s Enrichment Committee

  • Developed animal care and enrichment protocols

  • Spoke about animals in the collection to guests​​​​​

  • Trained a variety of large and small exotic animals

    • Foxes, Otters, Bears, domestic livestock

    • Trained several behaviors including crating, voluntary blood draw, injection training, brushing teeth.

 

Other Experience

  • Veterinary Assistant

  • Horse riding instructor

    • Trained 50+ horses for daily riding / under-saddle to suit client needs

    • Competitive eventing rider

    • Competitive horse show judge

  • Trained horses basic ground manners ​

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Casey Pyne
 

Casey Pyne is a 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist and dog trainer located in Birmingham, Alabama. 

 

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. with a zoology focus. 

This lifelong passion for animals carried him to the Virginia Zoo then to the Birmingham Zoo where he was responsible for the training, enrichment and care of over 170 different species of animals.

 

These included: African lions, Ocelot cats, now dogs!

Casey is an engaged, knowledgeable expert in the field of canine behavior and cognition, and is trusted by Birmingham area families. 

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EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s of Science; Biological Sciences 

  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Zoology focus 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist 2022

  • Canine behavior modification and training

  • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

  • Skills development

  • Relationship-based training

  • Cognitive-behavioral consultation

  • Service and therapy dog training​

 

Birmingham Zoo – Animal Care Professional, Predator II Team 

  • Responsible for tasks associated with the daily care of the zoo’s vast collection of exotic animals, including feeding, medicating, cleaning, exhibit maintenance, enrichment, etc.

  • Display mastery of dangerous animal S.O.P.’s and acted as a primary keeper for class 1 dangerous animals.

  • Trained new, and maintained established animal husbandry behaviors such as voluntary blood-draw, weigh, crate, etc.

  • Utilized operant conditioning techniques to shape and manage animal behavior.

  • Educated zoo guests in a variety of settings, such as formal shows, presentations, keeper chats, and informal interactions.

  • Kept detailed records on all aspects of animal care. Worked with species survival plan recommendations for breeding of endangered animals.

 

Other Experience

  • Kennel technician

  • Certified tour guide

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Maddie Kenny
 

Maddie is a University of Georgia graduate, with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife. From an early age she sought a life devoted to saving animals. This lifelong passion stems, in part, from watching Steve Irwin share his excitement about conservation and a love for the natural world.

 

Through college and after graduation, Maddie worked at a number of different zoos where she has trained and cared for hundreds of animals.

 

These included: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, other small exotic cats, and now dogs!

After gaining extensive zoo and animal behavior experience, Maddie took on an assistant canine trainer role in her hometown of Jasper, Georgia where she trained airport explosives detection, arson detection, and security canines for various government sectors.

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EDUCATION

  • UGA Graduate- BS in Fisheries and Wildlife, emphasis on wildlife

  • Insync Exotics (2020-2021)

  • North Ga Zoo- Intern (2018) and Apprentice (2020)

  • Tiger World- Intern (2019)

  • Shadowed Zoologist at Wild Animal Safari (Pine Mt GA) (2012)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist 2023

    • Canine behavior modification and training

    • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

    • Skills development

    • Relationship-based training

    • Strategic consultation

    • Service and therapy dog training​

  • Assistant Trainer VDK govt working dogs (2021-2022)

    • Narcotics Detection dogs (Border Patrol or TSA)

    • Explosive Detection Dogs (Border Patrol or TSA)

    • Accelerant (Arson) Detection Dogs

    • Malinois, Labrador Retrievers, GSPs, German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds

  • Kennel Tech at Dogwoods Boarding Kennel (2021)

  • Zoo Animal Training Experience

    • Tigers

    • Lions

    • Leopards

    • Jaguars

    • Cougars

    • Bobcats

    • Servals

    • Macaques

    • Baboons

    • Mandril

    • Gibbons

    • Lemurs

  • Exotic Cat Keeper at Insync Exotics (2020-2021)

    • Tigers

    • Lions

    • Leopards

    • Cougars

    • Servals

    • Bobcats

    • Lynx

    • Lemurs

 

Conservation Study Abroad in 2018:

  • Hawaii- hiked through Volcanoes National Park and watched lava flow through the craters at night, visited different beaches, including black sand beaches, kayaked in the open ocean, snorkeled along the reef

  • New Zealand- visited the adventure capital of the world, saw breathtaking views in Doubtful Sound as we hiked through the rain forests, swam with dolphins, took a dip in the glacial waters at the base of Mt Cook, visited sheep country, as well as saw the famous LOTR Mount Doom 

  • Australia- visited the Australia Zoo, home of the late Steve Irwin, studied in Sydney and Brisbane, and hiked through the outback in the Carnarvon Gorge. Favorite part of the trip was visiting an eco-resort in the middle of the GBR, Lady Elliot Island, where we snorkeled sunrise and sunset everyday. We also spent a week with host families, where my group stayed with “the snake man,” an exotic snake breeder. We were able to handle, feed, and learn about different native species of snakes. 

  • Fiji- spent the first half of the trip in the city of Nadi where we experienced much of the Fijan culture as we explored the local markets. We then boated to a smaller Fijian island where we spent the rest of the trip immersed in the small island village lifestyle. Here, we were also able to explore more reefs and wildlife as we snorkeled and hiked around the island. 

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Amy Funderburg
Canine Behaviorist and
Speaking Consultant,
Birmingham Alabama

Amy Funderburg is a 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist and dog trainer located in Birmingham, Alabama. She is now the primary speaker for public engagements, and is available to speak to your group or 501c3 rescue regarding canine behavior.

She graduated Auburn University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Foreign Language. As a canine behaviorist, she combines an affinity for dogs with a passion for education and teaching. Her unique approach to canine behavior seeks to instill trust within the human/canine relationship through mutual understanding and healthy boundary development.  

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EDUCATION

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  • Auburn University, Bachelors of Science in Foreign Language Education / Spanish, 2010.

  • Universidad de Granada:  Granada, Spain, studied Spanish language and culture, 2008​​​.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist, 2017.

  • Canine behavior modification and training.

    • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

    • Canine skills development

    • Relationship-based training

    • Cognitive-behavioral consultation

    • Service and therapy dog training​

  • Veterinarian Technician Assistant, Liberty Animal Hospital, 2005-2011​.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • CBS 42

  • Childcare Resources: Canine behavior and Child Safety Seminar, 2019.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Pell City High School Teacher of the Year, 2016-2017

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