Alyssa Rose, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist
Alyssa Rose interviewed by Juliette Nash, the Community Training Coordinator at the San Diego Humane Society.
The Science of Behavior
Alyssa Rose is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist. She has a degree in psychology, with a concentration on the science of learning, behavior and motivation. She used this degree in the human mental health field as a counselor. First, with children diagnosed with oppositional defiance, bi-polar disorder and autism. Later, with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, generalized anxiety and major depression.
In 2008, Alyssa and her dog, Kodi, took a six month hiatus to Alaska. During this time she lived on a boat with Kodi, and worked as a guide in an animal sanctuary. She and Kodi thrived going on daily hikes and frequent camping trips. The natural environment helped to center her, and find a new path forward. She felt that she was meant to continue teaching others about animal behavior.
The mutually beneficial relationship between dogs and people also became more apparent. She found that her new routine improved her connection with her dog. As a result, he was healthier and happier than he had ever been, and so was she. She wondered if it was possible to replicate this with other dogs, even without a cross country move to Alaska. She felt that good training could act as this bridge. One that could improve our dog’s behavioral and emotional well-being, as well as, our own.
Certification with World Renowned Trainers
In 2009 Alyssa enrolled in an academy for professional dog trainers, and headed to Texas to study under two internationally renowned trainers. During this time she learned about beginner and advanced obedience training, behavior modification, and sport work. The sport work included agility, search and rescue, scent detection, tracking and protection training. A comprehensive understanding of training has enabled her to create and implement behavior modification plans that help bring out the best in every dog
After receiving certification as a professional dog trainer, Alyssa began working at a prominent dog care facility in New York City. She was the head trainer and behavior consultant in the upper west side of Manhattan. Conducting behavior assessments, private sessions and group classes – she knew she was headed in the right direction.
In 2011 she branched off to create her own business and focus more intently on behavior modification for difficult dogs. This is when Legends Dog Training was born. Since this time she has invested herself in creating a specialized approach to behavior modification. A system, with lasting results, that helps dogs work through behavior challenges including anxiety, reactivity, hyperactivity and aggression.
Alyssa currently resides in San Diego, California with her husband, Brian, a videographer that helps to produce Legends’ Youtube videos and training tutorials. Alyssa and Brian have three kids and two terriers – who frequently show up as assistants in Alyssa’s training videos. When she’s not training she is typically hiking, camping with her two and four legged family members or spending time in the garden.
A Positive Wave of Change
In 2011, Alyssa started creating educational training videos. She is passionate about teaching the general population about behavior modification. As a result, she hopes to improve the welfare of dogs around the world.
Alyssa advocates for behavioral training that focuses on building foundation skills. With the right know how, foundation skills like Mat Work, Heel Work, Recall and Sendaway can be used to condition calm behavior with triggers.