CDBC, CPDT-KA, PMCT1, SAPT, FFCP
Tanzi is one of the most highly recommended trainers in the Baltimore metro area, and chances are, you found this site through your vet, a friend, a neighbor, or a shelter and rescue partner who trusts her to do a great job.
She holds multiple certifications and credentials. Dog training is an unregulated industry, so you want a trainer who has pursued higher levels of education through respected national and international associations.
She is a "Certified Dog Behavior Consultant" (CDBC), "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Level 1" (CPDT-KA), and "Pat Miller Certified Trainer" (PMCT1). That means she is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and by a famous trainer, Pat Miller, both via examination and demonstration of training methods in three intense academies.
Her techniques are based on using the least intrusive, minimally aversive methods. She does not use shock, choke, or prong collars, nor does she use hitting, pulling, kicking, spraying, or throwing items at dogs. Not only is that unnecessary, but it can also create side effects of anxious and aggressive behavior. Don't worry, she will help you stop using these methods if you were taught to use them by someone else.
She is also an "SA Pro Trainer" (SAPT), meaning she has taken a course with Julie Naismith, certified behavior consultant and author of Be Right Back!, to learn how to work with dogs that experience separation anxiety. She has also taken courses from Dr. Moira Hechenleitner about this issue.
She earned a "Fear Free Certified Professional" (FFCP) certification from the Fear Free Pets organization to be able to assist clients and veterinarians with handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in dogs during visits.
She takes continuing education classes year-round to stay current in her knowledge, including completion of Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) course.
In 2022, she won the #1 spot in Sniffspot's Top Trainer contest for Baltimore and Maryland and ranked #3 in the US. You can see several other accolades on the Client Comments page, too.
She works with all breeds, sizes, and energy levels and has worked with dogs in a shelter environment for two years. She is married, has 2 teens, and has had up to 3 dogs in her family at one point as a mom, so she knows what it's like to get a bunch of family members to cooperate with very little free time for training practice.
She will help you understand why your dog does what he's doing. Then she will teach you how to get your dog to do what you want him to do when you want him to do it, so living together is a lot more fun (for both of you!)
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Pat Miller Certified Trainer
Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer
Fear Free Certified Professional