Hillary Alexander, Dog Behavior Specialist and Trainer
Hillary Alexander received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and practiced as a Marriage and Family Therapist throughout the 90’s. After working for several years in group homes for troubled teens and their babies, she moved to North Carolina where she was appointed Communication Strategy Advisor for the Clinical Genetics Group at GlaxoWelcome during the Human Genome Project.
Aside from her passion for dogs, Hillary is an accomplished equestrienne and has ridden competitively for over 30 years in both hunt seat and dressage. She works equally well with dogs and their humans, helping each to understand the needs of the other and to communicate those needs in ways that build trust and strengthen bonds.
Nathan Martin, Operations Manager
Prior to the opening of our training center, Nathan coordinated our Daily Walks, Training and Daycare Programs, assisting Hillary in training sessions and classes. He continues to ensure each dog and puppy in our care gets picked up, dropped off, has lunch and is content throughout the day. Nathan received his MA at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He also has over ten years of retail management experience and customer service. We like to call it charm school.
Hannah grew up with a passion for dogs. She has been working at animal hospitals, boarding facilities, and dog daycares for almost 10 years. Hannah has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and moved from Wisconsin to California almost two years ago to pursue an Associates degree in Assistant Dog Education at Bergin University.
Training dogs is where her heart truly lies. Hillary’s Hound House has been a great experience to continue her dog knowledge and training. She loves working with the puppies and getting to know each one’s silly and thriving personality.
Hannah recently adopted one of the dogs she trained at Bergin University, This is her with Ono, a black lab with whom she has an inseparable bond.
Our Canine Team, aka “Angel Dogs”
The Fourth Element – Our Angel Dogs; from L, Laker (2 year-old Golden), Bailey (1 1/2 year-old Golden/Doodle), Ralphe (4 year old Chow mix, laying down) and Tesla (10 month old Lab/Doodle in front). Standing behind Bailey is formerly dog-aggressive Jasmine (5 year-old Lab/Doodle).
We use our Angel Dogs frequently to model good canine behavior, help adolescent dogs settle and help behaviorally challenged dogs relax and learn better ways to behave. We like to say these guys are the Fourth Element in Day Training; right after the first three: Exercise, Training and Socialization.
You’ll see lots more of these wonderful dogs in upcoming training videos, like the one on Recall, which includes Ralphe and Tesla.