I own and operate Shape A Pup, a positive dog-training business using force-free training techniques to create thinking companions. I want people to find the joy in working with their dogs and building lasting relationships.
I cannot think of a time when I have not had a passion for animals. As a child, I always trained my own dogs using books and then by attending various local classes as I got older. I found that I was not comfortable with some of the harsh methods used in some classes, and even walked out on a few. Those experiences left me searching for a better approach to training and, happily, I found clicker training in 2003. When I saw my dog make fast progress using the clicker and saw her enthusiasm for learning, I was hooked. I wanted to learn as much as I could about applying clicker training effectively and was lucky to learn about Karen Pryor Academy at ClickerExpo. I am proud to be a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPACTP).
Shape A Pup was opened in 2015 part time while I maintained a full time job in the financial services industry. We went full time in 2021. When I am not teaching I am working with my own dogs or going to seminars on training and behavior. I like to think outside the box and find solutions that the animal understands but is also easy for the owner to implement. My goal for all classes is for you to enjoy sharing your dog with me; that you feel I bring value to your relationship.
I look forward to working with you and your canine companion.
KPA Alumni Member
Certified Scent Instructor by Bob Deeds of Canine Connection
Clicker Expo since 2009 thru 2014; 2018
Shedd Aquarium's Training Program
Dr. Christine Zink
Dr. Jean Dodds
Bob and Karen Deeds
Dr. Ken Martin and Debbie Martin
By appointment when not teaching.
Contact Traci Betts for general questions about Shape A Pup, schedules or my classes:
Text or phone to 817-240-4855
Victoria is a licensed Speech-Language Patholgist as well as a certified Tellington TTouch practitioner who works with companion animals and their people in private consultations, group classes and workshops in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. Through the years she and her canine companions have participated in a variety of activities including obedience, herding and flyball (Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games in 2001). She has been an instructor at Pawsitive Agility Working School since 1999. She is also a member of Dog Scouts of America troop 119 where she is on staff teaching agility at their annual mini-camp. Victoria was honored to be a judge for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Extreme Mutt Makeover competition. She is also actively involved in bringing Canine Work and Games (C-WAGS to Texas.