Welcome Canine Behaviorist, Nikki Strain to the Three Dimensional Dog Team!
Updated: Feb 6
We are very excited to announce the latest addition to the growing Three Dimensional Dog team! Nikki Strain comes to us as a highly skilled animal trainer who over the last 12 years of work at Memphis and Birmingham Zoos has accumulated experience with over 140 different animals. This list includes: Gorilla, Orangutan, Bonobo, African Elephant, California Sea Lion, African Lion, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, White Rhino, and many more.
As a 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist, Nikki's broad knowledge will be an outstanding asset for Birmingham area dog parents in need of canine training and behavioral rehabilitation.
"I have dedicated my life to working with animals. They have been an important part of my life since childhood. They have helped me get through times of struggle and have always provided me purpose, comfort, and love."
Certified Three Dimensional Dog Canine Behaviorist, 2020
140+ species of professional and native animal experience during 12 years of zoo keeping at Memphis & Birmingham Zoos
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue Coordinator 2014 – current
Southeastern Search and Rescue - Bloodhound handler, 2019 – current
AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator
Attended AKC Judge Nose work seminar
2 years of Veterinary experience
Daily public speaker (Gorilla and Sea lion, Komodo dragon, Bonobo Orangutan, Giant Panda, Giraffe, Rhino, Elephant)
Trained Voluntary blood draw
Trained Voluntary Ultrasound during pregnancy
Trained hand injections for immobilization and diabetic management
Wrote birth plan (achieved shortest hand rearing time recorded at zoo)
Pregnancy and cycle monitoring for Bonobo with 4 successful births
Mixed species, Sea Lion, African Lion introductions
Preformed Blood draw, Assisted AI on African Elephant
Target training with Zebra, Camel, Bison, Giraffe, Komodo Dragon
Draft Horse Commercial Driving, Tours of Downtown Memphis 2012-2016
Trained and Rehabilitated draft horses through veterinary assistance
Managed individual diets and programs for 15-20 horses
Trained students how to tack and drive trained horse
Assisted in Alabama local Bat Counts 2017-2018
Wild Native Conservation work, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources