About Gonzo Dog

Kellie on the beach, wearing all black and leaning over to pet Smithers, a medium sized white/tan dog wearing a harness and an orange long line

Kellie on the beach, wearing all black and leaning over to pet Smithers, a medium sized white/tan dog wearing a harness and an orange long line

Are you struggling with your dog’s behavior and exhausted from navigating through endless conflicting information online about dog behavior and training? Does it feel like you and your  furry friend need a translator to bridge the communication gap? Are you eager to replace the stress and embarrassment of behavioral issues with understanding and confidence, enjoying life with your canine companion to the fullest? 

If so, I would love to introduce you to science-based and humane training! Force-Free, Positive Reinforcement methods offer an incredible opportunity to deepen your bond with your dog and learn how to shape behavior you don't want to see into behavior you do - making life easier for everyone involved. I'm here to establish a bridge of understanding between you and your dog, empowering you to work together as a unified team!

My name is Kellie Stevens and I’m a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC). Like many of you, I was the lifelong guardian of a highly anxious and reactive dog in a bustling, trigger-filled city. Learning to work with Cbass (2009-2021) using R+, FF training instilled a deep understanding and empathy for both dogs and their guardians. That experience fueled my passion to begin a career as a dog behavior consultant in 2014. I understand what drives dogs. recognize the gaps that lie in our understanding and communication with them as humans, and I know how to teach all of this with a blend of fun, humor, compassion and results!

My specialization lies in behavioral issues such as shyness/fear, reactivity, fear-based aggression and biting, stranger danger, general and separation anxiety, resource guarding and more. Having spent the last 13 years as a dog behavior consultant in New York City, I'm well-versed in urban management and leash reactivity. I tackle all of these challenges without the use of aversive methods or tools (e.g. prong or choke collars, e-collars, spray bottles, etc.) as I have learned from personal experience these are temporary “fixes” that can worsen the situation over time

Aversives suppress behavior - we’re going to change it.

You’re about to make a lifetime investment: I'm going to teach you how to train your dog and help them thrive in a human world!

Learn how to:

So, are you ready to learn how to do all this and more? Let's arrange a virtual consultation! Fill out the contact form to share your struggles and find out what I can do to foster a more harmonious relationship between you and your dog. 


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Gonzo Dog believes in diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the intersection of human rights with animal welfare. I am committed to creating a safe, inclusive space that celebrates individual uniqueness and welcomes every race, gender, ethnicity, religion, orientation, ability, age (and dog breed!).

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