About Gia


My name is Gia, and I have a dog named after a tree. We’re currently in a long-distance relationship (until 2018).

I’m a dog trainer in training. Ultimately, I would like to achieve certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, which offers “the only international, standardized certification for professional dog trainers that is both psychometrically sound and independent of any course of study.”

When working with animals, I strive to always implement the philosophy of LIMA (Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive) and focus on positive reinforcement. I reward desired behaviors and ignore, manage, or redirect unwanted ones. I want to show people that force, intimidation, and pain are not necessary components of effective dog training. Keep it kind (and everyone will have more fun).

I’m currently living in California, but I’ve spent much of my life in Costa Rica. I moved there for the first time when I was about five years old, and it sure feels like home to me. I love it more than I could ever express in words (although I do try).

Costa Rica has had such a huge influence on me, and no matter where I am in the world, I want to make sure that I can give back to the country that I love so much. One of my fundamental goals is to help bring positive reinforcement training and accurate, up-to-date information about dog behavior to Costa Rica.


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