Pet Behavior

Your pet’s early months are an impressionable period in his or her life, and the right training can make all the difference in your lifelong relationship. The goal is to teach basic manners, encourage good behavior, prevent problems, and increase socialization, all while helping you establish a strong bond with your companion. We will show you how to teach your pet what you expect of him or her through consistent, reward-based training.

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Ellen Mahurin, MA — Animal Behaviorist

Ellen Mahurin grew up on a horse farm in East Tennessee.  She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology in 2000 and 2003.  She then earned a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Animal Behavior from UTK in 2006.  Since 2004, Ellen has worked as a behavior consultant helping pets and their people solve behavior problems. She has also been a Behavior Lead with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, rehabilitating pets rescued from criminal abuse and neglect cases all over the country.  In addition to dogs and cats, Ellen has experience with horses, parrots, and small pet mammals.  In all professional endeavors, Ellen strives to reduce stress for animals and the people who care for them, foster communication between pets and people, and strengthen the human-animal bond.  Ellen lives in Franklin with her two exceptional teenagers, one devoted dog, one calm therapy cat, and one incredibly entertaining calico.