Alana Stevenson Animal Behavior Services

Alana Stevenson Animal Behavior Specialist

Alana Stevenson, M.S. is a professional Animal Behavior Specialist and Dog Trainer. She has a Master of Science in Biology Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has been helping dog and cat owners resolve their pets’ behavioral problems since 2003.

Alana is certified in Low Stress Handling for dogs and cats and is on the Cat-Friendly Practice Advisory Council for the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

She is the author of two books on humane and positive dog training and behavior modification: The Right Way the First Time: Teaching Your Dog Kindly & Humanely (first edition, 2007) and Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog (2011).

In addition to her two books, she has contributed numerous articles on resolving pet behavioral issues in popular magazines and online, including

Alana is certified in Small Animal Massage Therapy from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and incorporates mindful and gentle touch and handling into her training and behavioral consultations. She espouses a humane, science-based approach to training and behavior modification, free of any compulsion, shock, pinch, or choke collars.

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Jonathan Balcombe“Alana has kindly given me excellent advice which resolved a litter-box issue with my two cats. Even though I am an animal behaviorist myself, I simply didn’t have the specialist knowledge and experience with cat and dog issues that Alana provides. I highly recommend her.”

~ Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., author of The Exultant Ark, Second Nature, and What a Fish Know: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins


Teresa Gagnon“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, CVT, LMT,

Training Your Dog the Humane Way

“Training Your Dog the Humane Way is a landmark book.”

Marc Bekoff, PhD, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice, and The Animal Manifesto


The Right Way the First Time
The Right Way the First Time

Teaching Your Dog Kindly and Humanely

Sophia Yin Low Stress Handling Certification

American Association of Feline Practitioners



International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork