OPHS is very fortunate to have a behaviorist/trainer on staff to work with both the adoptable animals and to offer classes for the community.
About our behaviorist:
Ann Jorgensen is the Shelter Behaviorist for Olympic Peninsula Humane Society. She is a Shelter Behavior Associate (SBA) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), this is currently highest accreditation for a shelter behaviorist.
Although Ms. Jorgensen relocated to the Olympic Peninsula from Southern California she has spent many years in the Northwest having attained her B.S. from Oregon State University, her M.S. from Washington State University and performed her doctoral research at University of Idaho.
Ms.. Jorgensen has had an interest in companion animal behavior and training dating back to her childhood and her family experience training field trial dogs. She started teaching socialization and training classes at Alpine Animal Hospital in Pullman, WA while also working as a veterinary technician. Ms. Jorgensen received funding to attend the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference in 2005, while at the conference she passed the Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) exam.
Now with her new position at Olympic Peninsula Humane Society she will be implementing behavior programs for shelter animals and offering training and socialization classes to the community.