Ashley has been working with animals as both a volunteer and as a professional since 1999, and first began offering her dog training services to the general public in 2006. In 2010, she began offering behavior consulting services to companion parrot owners.
Her passion for seeing animals and their caretakers succeed has lead her to work with several species, including wolves, llamas, large cats, pigs, rats, dogs, domestic cats, horses, cows, and parrots. The experience of working with both predators and prey animals has given her an immense amount of insight into how learning and environment work together to create, maintain, and alter behavior, and she brings this experience into her work with clients and companion animals.
Her experiences with Jax, a severely neglected and abused Hahn’s macaw, lends her a special empathy and understanding for owners of birds with fearful, reactive, and aggressive behavior problems, and she shares her unique perspective on this sensitive subject when helping others with these very troubling problems.
She has helped dozens of families, and their birds, since 2010, including birds in shelter and rescue environments, and in many homes. Her extensive experience working with parrots from all species and backgrounds at a locally owned and operated parrot specialty store has provided her with a skill set unlike many other trainers and behavior consultants, and her deep understanding of how species, experience, and environment can impact a parrot’s behavior enables her to provide her clients with a detailed, custom tailored plan to instill desirable behaviors in their companions.
She is a member of many professional organizations, including the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.
She has attended Animal Behavior College, and completed courses through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She has studied with Susan G. Friedman, completing her intensive Living & Learning courses, and has also attended parrot-specific courses through Raising Canine.
Ashley stays fluent in the field of behavior by attending seminars, workshops, and conferences, reading the latest books and studies regarding behavior, health, and training, and keeping in constant contact with her peers. She spends several hours each week observing and working directly with several species at a locally owned and operated exotic bird specialty store, and splits her time nearly equally between canine and avian consulting.