Alana Linsay Stevenson is a Dog and Cat Behavior Specialist, Trainer, and Animal Massage Therapist. She has been resolving dog and cat behavioral problems professionally for over a decade. She is the author of two books on humane dog training and behavior modification: Training Your Dog the Humane Way and The Right Way the First Time. She uses holistic and caring techniques. She does not use or recommend choke chains, pinch or prong collars, or shock collars for teaching and training dogs, nor does she recommend scat mats, 'electronic' devices, or shake bottles for remedying problem behaviors in cats. Alana is the Feline Behaviorist for LifewithCats.tv and a frequent contributer to LifewithDogs.tv. To read more about her background & philosophy, visit her Biography page.
"Alana is an amazing trainer. My dog Tyco is an ex-show dog, and came to use without any basic manner skills as he had only lived in a kennel situation and also had some dog aggression issues. After using her kind and compassionate methods during our private lessons, Tyco has flourished and is now a well-adjusted and behaved member of both human and canine society. We have both benefited from her expertise and knowledge! Tyco adores her!" - Dr. Ilene Segal, DVM & Tyco, Parkway Vet Hospital, West Roxbury, MA
"Alana Stevenson has a practical and effective, case-oriented approach to compassionate dog training. She gave us a personalized training regimen for our dog, Sara, to get the best response possible, and we've seen immediate and positive improvement. Her advice was very helpful and insightful. After the consultation and implementing Alana's recommendations, we had a reduction in Sara's "senseless" barking, and had a dinner party of 12 and everyone commented on the noticeable changes in Sara. Alana has a clear passion for pet training and cares deeply about advancing the human-animal bond. I highly recommend her to anyone wishing to get the most out of their relationship with their pets." - Terence Krentz, DVM, Mass Veterrinary Referral Hospital
"I first met Alana Stevenson while Director of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy Small Animal Program. I was so impressed with her commitment to animals and knowledge of animal behavior, that I hired her to teach in the program as an instructor. Alana has great insight into working with animal behavior issues and fabulous gentle training methods for animals, young and old. I highly recommend contacting Alana for animals with existing behavior problems or for working with a puppy or kitten to get them started on the right track." - Theresa Gagnon, www.MendingFencesEquine.com
"Training Your Dog the Humane Way is a landmark book. Alana Stevenson blends the latest scientific research on who dogs are and what they want, need, and feel with clear instructions for positive, reward-based training." - Marc Bekoff, PhD, former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder & co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"Wags and woofs for Alana Stevenson's book that first educates humans to be aware of their own behavior as well as canine behaviora nd communication before seeking to shape dogs' behavior to enhance the relationship and bring out the best in both species." - Michael Fox, DVM, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of one Health. www.twobitdog.com/DrFox
Alana services Greater Boston, including Acton, Carlisle, Lincoln, Concord, Newton, Brookline, Waltham, Cambridge, West Roxbury, Natick, Wellesley, Needham, Harvard, Boxford, Metrowest, Framingham, Worcester, North and South Shores, & S. New Hampshire. She provides consultations in Canada & overseas through Skype.