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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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Erin Miller 

Canine Behaviorist and Dog Trainer, Birmingham Alabama

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

 

She is graduate of Kent State University and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology. Her diverse, international experience in animal behavior includes research study and work in Zimbabwe and Queensland, Australia. 

 

As a canine behavior expert, Erin offers effective family-based educational strategies for canine training and behavioral rehabilitation.

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EDUCATION

  • Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology

  • Canine behaviorist Certification, Three Dimensional Dog, Birmingham, Alabama, 2019.

PROFESSIONAL 

EXPERIENCE

  • Predator Animal Care Professional, Birmingham Zoo, November 2014 – 2019.

  • Leopard scent study and training program at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe, Africa via PiCA Grant Award.

  • Primary trainer for a diverse variety of small, medium, and large mammals.

  • Co-developed Coyote training program.

  • Head of the Zoo’s Enrichment Committee

  • Collaborated to develop the zoo’s 10 year Conservation Strategic Plan

  • Presented show scripts to the public for the Predator Zone Lion Training Demonstration.

  • Developed animal care and enrichment protocols.

  • Developed a study to determine the behavioral issues with red panda.

 

TRAINING EXPERIENCE

  • Canine behavior modification and training

    • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

    • Skills development

    • Relationship-based training

    • Cognitive-behavioral consultation

    • Service and therapy dog training​

  • Trained a variety of large and small exotic animals

    • Canids, Predators, Felids, Mongoose, Hyrax, Squirrels, Invertebrates, Avids 

    • Taught over 20 new behaviors including crating, voluntary blood draw, and free contact.

  • 6 week internship at Cairn Tropical Zoo, Queensland, Australia: 2013​

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Natalie Warnacutt 

Canine Behaviorist and Dog Trainer, Birmingham Alabama

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

 

With 9 years of professional zookeeping experience she worked with a variety of exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. Her primary focus was with big cats, reptiles, and amphibians. Now, Natalie has expanded her focus into the area of canine relationship-building and behavioral rehabilitation.

Training experience includes tigers, armadillos, caiman lizards, komodo dragons, Aldabra giant tortoises,

American alligators, and now canines. 

Natalie's skills as an expert animal trainer are now available to Birmingham dog parents who would like enhance their relationship at home with their pets. 

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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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EDUCATION

  • Graduate of the University of Wisconsin Superior

    • Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor on Environmental Studies.

  • School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist 2021.

  • Canine cognitive / behavioral rehabilitation

  • Behavior dysfunction investigation and diagnosis

  • Family-based behavior modification strategy development 

  • Operant conditioning training

  • Therapy and service dog training

 

Wildcat Sanctuary - Big Cat Keeper, 2012 - 2013

  • Worked with 124 felids, including Lions, bobcats, cougars, tigers, African leopards, Jaguars, clouded leopards, Eurasian lynx, North American lynx, and more. 

  • Cared for high-stress individuals from abusive backgrounds who had extensive behavioral issues, including aggression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD

  • Assisted with Felix immobilizations, crating, transportation, and merging of cat

  • Aided in veterinary procedures, general examinations, dental procedures, euthanasia’s, and surgeries.

  • Served in rescue operations

  • Participated as a member of the Weapons Team

  • Performed husbandry training through operant conditioning. 

Birmingham Zoo – Lead Reptile Keeper, 2015 - 2020.

  • Managed care for 50+ species of reptiles, amphibians, and fish including: Aldabra tortoises, green anaconda, Komodo dragon, desert tortoises, and more. 

  • Developed and maintained the American alligator training program for 3 male alligators and taught behaviors such as open mouth, target, recall, shifting, back, and platform training. 

  • Assisted in veterinary procedures such as: immobilizations, injections, x-rays, blood draws, ultrasounds, and more. 

  • Developed and taught lessons for the Zoo School program 

  • Received a PICA Grant to aid in the management of the Eastern Indigo Snake breeding program. 

  • Assisted in crate training the Komodo dragon.

Lake Superior Zoo - Temporary Keeper, 2014 - 2015

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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 Funderburg
Canine Behaviorist and Dog
Trainer, 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