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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

Zoological 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

Other Experience

  • 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

Visit Three Dimensional Dog or call 205-563-8383 today to schedule your in-home training session with Nikki Strain.

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