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  • 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.


  • 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.


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 23 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 in 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: Heads of State, CNN, Yahoo News, Southern Living, B-Metro Magazine, Eating Well magazine, petMD, the world’s largest pet health media provider.


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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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  • University of Texas at Arlington


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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Amy Funderburg
Speaking Consultant,
Birmingham Alabama

Amy Funderburg is a former 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist who now follows her passions as a speaking consultant.

She graduated Auburn University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Foreign Language and is now pursuing her Masters Degree in School Counseling to advance her mission of helping families.

Amy is available for public engagements and is ready to speak to your organization regarding numerous facets of canine behavior. Call 205-563-8383 to learn more!

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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​​​.


  • 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​.



  • CBS 42

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


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

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