Julia with mentor, Jean Donaldson

Julia with mentor, Jean Donaldson


Julia Holbert CTC

 Trainer & Behavior Counselor

After thirty years of owning and training horses, dogs, and other species, I decided to turn my passion for animals and keen interest in behavior towards a new career.                                     

The spark for this career change was my introduction to positive reinforcement training.  Based on the science of animal learning, the techniques are force-free, pain-free, intimidation- and coercion-free, and produce long-lasting, effective, and measurable changes in behavior.  When you “train with your brain, not pain” dogs want to do the behaviors you’re after and the techniques build trust and forge strong bonds between the trainer and dog.

I use these humane, positive methods in class, private and day training settings for both dogs and their human families.  All breeds and ages of dog are welcome. 

Memberships and Affiliations

 I have a strong commitment to continuing my education and studied under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, considered in the applied dog behavior world as the “Harvard for dog trainers".  My affiliation with the Academy provides me the resource of many of the best trainers around the world.

 Member of the Pet Professional Guild, and so committed to force-free, non-invasive, and non-harmful training and pet care philosophies, practices, and methods. 

Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) with the mission to elevate the standard of animal behavior consulting worldwide by promoting continuing education, peer support and development, and ethical practices.

 Evaluator for AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program.  Designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.

Member of Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization that promotes education initiatives to prevent dog bites, increase child safety around dogs, and provide support for dog bite victims.  Presentations teach children how to read a dog’s body language and how to act safely around dogs. 

For their guidance and inspiration, much gratitude goes to:

  • - Jean Donaldson, The Academy for Dog Trainers
  • - Janice Koler-Matznick, MS, ACAAB, Kandu Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  • - Stephanie Morris, Desert Sage Agility