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Lena Skov, MBA, KPA

 

I was born in the Russian Federation. If any of you have Russian friends, you will know that we are true dog lovers. First dog that stole my heart was a Eastern-European German Shepherd, Lotta. She did not belong to me but to my aunt, who lived within a 10 minute walking distance from us. I was not allowed to have dogs due to my asthma and allergies (yes, I still have both). Instead, Lotta and I would go for long walks. She was so sweet and intelligent! She always seemed to know when to be silly, and when just to sit next to me in a mutual silence. Lotta is my lifelong inspiration!

I came to the United States in my early twenties, worked my way through school, received Master of Business Administration degree and proceeded to have a comfortable career in Marketing while dreaming about working with dogs. I then quit my corporate job and opened Understanding Our Dogs LLC. My husband and I currently have a black Great Dane, two German Shepherds and a Lab. I work with them in AKC Obedience, Rally, IPO (Schutzhund), and Nosework. First and foremost, our dogs are our family!

I have been training dogs since 1998 and used many mainstream methods. Once I began to study the science of applied animal behavior and learning theory, I chose to advance my education by enrolling in the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA). The Academy is built on decades of scientific research and practical development by behavior analysts, ethologists and event-marker trainers around the world.

When time permits, I also volunteer as an instructor at the Charlotte Dog Training Club. My trainer's "toolbox" contains the knowledge gained through elite education, and personal experience collected almost over 20 years of working with dogs of many breeds and personalities.