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Animal Behaviorist

For advanced behavioral issues.

What is a Dog Trainer vs. an Animal Behaviorist?

How do I determine which one my dog needs?

There are several different titles used for those who work with dog training and behavior. Many of them deal with both dog training and behavior because the two go hand-in-hand. However, not all are equipped to handle major behavior issues.

Dog Trainers are those who focus primarily on obedience, such as sit, down, stay, heel, and so on. They also create a training plan for the dog, teach owners about dog behavior, understand an owner's need and listen to dog owner concerns.


An Applied Animal Behaviorist is a person with advanced college education (MS, MA, or PhD degree) and expertise in dog, cat, and other domestic animal behavior. A behaviorist works on shaping behaviors in animals and tends to work with pets displaying behavior problems. They can recognize how and why your pet’s behavior is abnormal, and can effectively teach you how to best understand and work with your pet. 

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Meet Stacy!

Applied Animal Behaviorist & Trainer

Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Goresko received her Ph.D. in behavioral studies at the University of Pennsylvania. With her love of France, Stacy’s first career was teaching French to preschoolers all the way to graduate students. In 2001 Dr. Goresko moved Boulder, CO six month’s pregnant. Two years later she discovered that her son had autism. Given Dr. Goresko’s behavioral specialty, there was no other choice than for Stacy to roll up her sleeves and become her son’s best advocate and teacher. Thus Dr. Goresko’s second career was launched. Stacy become a certified autism consultant. This was the perfect combination of teaching, coaching parents plus it afforded her the opportunity to really work her behavioral specialization.


Animals have been a passion of Stacy’s her entire life which is why she now has a third career! One of her most rewarding experiences was to train a wild horse to become a therapy horse for kids with autism. Stacy has lived with dogs, cats and horses for most of her life. She has added dog training and for the past 5 years. Her biggest joy is helping others to live in harmony with their furry friends.

Book a Call WIth Stacy to Talk About Your Dog's Behavior Needs

Initial 1 hr Animial Behaviorist session $289.

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