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Welcome to the Pet Initiative training

At the Pet Initiative the human animal bond is the highest priority.  My focus is on strengthening this bond through training with positive reinforcement and problem solving.  With clicker training  you will gain valuable skills for communicating with your pet through. Life with our pets should be fun.  Clicker training will help you enjoy life with your pet again.  Drawing on my experience in Veterinary medicine and training you will get off to a great start as a first time pet owner.  

Puppies

Basic Training

Adult Dogs

Basic Training

Companion Birds

Basic Training

What we do for you?

Our Services

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Behavior Modification Dog Training

Basic manners, leash manners, targeting, coming when called, socialization, problem behavior resolution/modification

Dog Day Training

Basic manners, leash manners, targeting, coming when called, socialization, problem behavior resolution/modification

Puppy Training

Basic manners, greeting people, leash manners socialization, targeting, coming when called, drop-it, leave-it.

Adult Dog Training

Basic manners, leash manners, targeting, coming when called, socialization, problem behavior resolution/modification

Rescue Dog Training

Basic manners, calm behavior, leash manners, socialization, confidence building

Companion Bird Training

Targeting, step-up, stationing
Meet Your Trainer

Kenya Ditto

Bachelor of Art Biology and Associate of Art Applied Science Veterinary Technology

I have been a dog trainer 5+ years

I have worked with a variety of animals in veterinary medicine the children’s zoo. 

Being a graduate of field studies and animal rescue organizations has given me a unique perspective on animal behavior.  As a veterinary technician I gained important  diagnostic skills and practiced critical thinking.  I learned key signals that detect illness in animals as well as how to interpret body language.  

   As a zookeeper at the St.louis Children’s Zoo. I had the opportunity to observe a variety of behaviors and learn the natural history of a diverse group of animals.  I fed and cared for the animals and educated the public.

   As an aviculturist and a former bird rescue volunteer I have a great appreciation for the complex care birds require.  Working with graduate students in separate field studies I gained valuable experience in gathering data for research.

   My passion is studying and understanding animal behavior and language .  My goal is to help the public better understand and communicate with the animals in their world.  I continue this pursuit as a trainer promoting the human animal bond.