Dana grew up in a family of animal enthusiasts. After graduating from The College of New Jersey, she worked for several years in technology and project management, always looking to move into the world of animal behavior. In 2011 Dana took the plunge and began working as the resident puppy expert at Philly Unleashed.
In 2012, Dana earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed). Dana currently works with Philly Unleashed specializing in coaching dog owners through their dog’s life stages, from early development and adolescent behavior into adulthood.
In 2016, her talents were recognized when she was asked to film an instructional video through TawzerDog on building and running a safe, fun, and effective puppy curriculum.
Dana also specializes in canine anxiety issues, in particular: separation anxiety, agoraphobia, and low low-stress handling for dogs who suffer from trauma after being trained using aversive or harsh methodology.
Dana is an AKC-certified, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and currently co-instructs the Shelter Behavior Rotation for the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew Ryan School of Veterinary Medicine.
In addition to training dogs, Dana volunteers to train exotic and farm animals! She has volunteere at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she worked in animal care, learning husbandry and practicing positive reinforcement training in an effort to promote low-stress handling for the animals at the Zoo. Dana also volunteers with Pennsbury Manor, helping with their sheep shearing and wool processing program along with developing training plans for their program animals. Her current training project is working with the animals at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia!
Dana resides in South Philadelphia with her rescued pit bull, Fawkes, and two cats, Olive and Jasper.