Darlene Olshansky – Dog Trainer

Darlene became interested in dog training in 2008 when she fostered dogs for the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. She saw how a positive relationship, patience, consistency and reward-based training methods gained trust and formed a positive bond with the dogs. She enrolled in the Animal Behavior College training program in 2009.


In addition to Certification from the Animal Behavior College (ABC-DT), Darlene is a certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM), a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), a supporting member of the International Assocation of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Darlene is a graduate of Trish McMillan’s Shelter Behavior Hub Course. She recently completed Dr. Kathy Murphy’s extensive “The Brain and Behavior through Life Stages” course and the Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right Program. She believes you can never stop learning and takes every opportunity to attend training and behavior conferences and seminars.


She strives to incorporate the most progressive, science-based, and ethical practices into her work. Darlene is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago (BSN, RN). She is also a Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), and a Medicolegal Death Investigator (MDI).

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