My name is Gia. I live a charming, chaotic Costa Rican adventure of a life… currently involving five dogs, two cats, a hamster, and various wild humans.

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 or redirect unwanted ones.

My goal is to change the meaning of dog training in Costa Rica. One of the best things we can do is teach the new generations better and attempt to educate the old. I want to show people that intimidation is not a necessary component of effective dog training. Keep it kind (and everyone will have more fun).


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