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Meet Your SPCA Pet Behavior Specialist

SPCA Pet Behavior Specialist Amanda Mouisset is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has been with the SPCA for Monterey County since 2004 and manages SPCA pet training classes, private consultations, behavior helpline calls, Ruff Start, and TLC programs. Amanda also oversees amazing and dedicated SPCA volunteers who provide training and fun enrichment activities for shelter pets while they await their new homes.

The SPCA believes in positive reinforcement to help strengthen the bond between people and pets. We also believe in making training enjoyable for the owner and pet so that both will be engaged, excited, and grow as a team.  We believe training can be hard work but the payoff is a lifelong happy home.  We provide all the tools and encouragement to help owners reach that point with their pets.

Wendi Newman, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

iconWendiWendi joined the SPCA for Monterey County in 2010, and teaches many of our class offerings. The SPCA training philosophy is to train with love and compassion, imparting in students basic training skills and the ability to solve simple training problems at home. Each animal has their own story, and it’s the SPCA’s job to help the owner connect to their dog in a meaningful, kind way. Wendi loves dogs, and is always amazed by their intelligence, adaptability, and sensitivity to humans.

Growing up in Southern California, Wendi’s childhood home was filled with cats, dogs, birds and an assortment of miscellaneous species. She spent quite a bit of time at her local horse stables as well, even studying dressage in her early life. Training and schooling horses readily spilled over to her dogs at home.

Before the SPCA, Wendi’s work life was always in technical or science fields. In 2009 she participated in Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Academy with nationally known trainer, Trish King, and completed the Academy with a Level II certification. Wendi has a BSc (Hons) degree, and she is a certified professional dog trainer, (CPDT-KA), an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a professional member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and the Pet Professional Guild, and a supporting member of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). In her spare time you’ll find Wendi reading and updating herself on new training methods, training her own dogs, and enjoying her home and family.

Private Behavior Training

The SPCA offers low-cost private training for you either at the shelter or in the convenience of your own home.

Free Behavior Helpline

Still need help? No problem! Call our free behavior helpline.

Free Behavior Handouts

Click here to view or print out behavior tip sheets on everything from separation anxiety to litter box training!