At NHSPCA we are dedicated to the use of positive reinforcement training to modify difficult behaviors and teach new and better behavior. Based on the science of learning theory and classical conditioning, the methods used at NHSPCA are proven effective in all species from dolphins to great apes and rats to humans. We reward behaviors we like to increase the likelihood of them occurring and manage or remove rewards for the behaviors we don’t like. The use of reward based training serves to grow the bond between you and your dog and improve communication across species.
Meet our Trainers
Emma Schneidkraut, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
Emma has her training certification from the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers and Karen Pryor Academy and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Emma is no stranger to the shelter environment. She brings her experience from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where she worked as a Team Leader in their adoption center and helped with dog enrichment through their behavior modification programs. Emma continues her training with workshops and lectures in canine behavior and training and is already making a positive impact at the shelter! She shares her home with three dogs.
Nadine Perry is an honors graduate of UNH with a Fine Arts degree. She has worked as a psychiatric counselor for over 18 years and has been training dogs for over 15 years. She is a certified Agility instructor from the White Mountain School of Agility. Nadine uses her psychiatric background and experience to help teach a gentle, positive approach to dog training believing that what is reinforced will become stronger.
Nadine has worked her dogs in the highest levels of USDAA and NADAC earning a Master dog agility in USDAA in Standard, Snooker and Jumpers and an Elite title in NADAC with her dog Coco. She has also earned titles with her Belgian Sheepdog, Rubens, in AKC and NADAC.
Louise Daigle, AS, CGC, APDT, CPDT-KA
Louise is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Science. Her love for animal behavior grew with she fell in love with her first dog, Manzo. Due to his behavioral challenges, Louise learned all she could about dog behavior and training to set him on a path of success to a happy and secure life. She started her training career at the New Hampshire SPCA and then went on to start the Behavior Rehabilitation Program at the Lakes Region Humane Society. She shares her home with two dogs, Manzo and Piper.
Linda is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a Certified Pet Dog Trainer thru the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She has taught group dog training classes as well as private consultations at various locations. Linda is passionate about animal welfare and particularly likes working with rescue dogs. In addition, she has competed in Obedience trials with her first dog. Linda is also a licensed chiropractor and has owned her own business. She currently practices chiropractic part-time and she is working to become certified in animal chiropractic. When she is not training dogs or adjusting spines, she can be found running in the woods with her dog Cally or sailing on the ocean. She currently lives in West Newbury, MA with her dog Cally.
Liz Smith is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Animal Science. After the hectic life of raising four children on their family dairy farm she found herself with an empty nest and her rescue dog Dexter who needed an outlet for his insecurities. Liz and Dexter were introduced to agility at the NHSPCA. Since then, Liz has adopted a St. Martin Island Rescue, Lola. Along with doing agility, Liz has been studying fearful and aggressive dog behavior through workshops, seminars and online classes. She is a member and officer of the New England Agility Team and enjoys competing in CPE, TDAA, and USDAA agility. Her dog Dexter has earned agility titles in CPE, USDAA and AKC. Lola has earned titles in TDAA and is currently working on a Level 1 title in CPE. Liz has also been coaching middle school field hockey for almost 20 years and really enjoys working with teens, along with gardening and needlework.