experience, education, qualifications, certifications professional affiliations

Lorrie has over 16 years of experience in the pet sitting industry, and continues to build her skill set. Having taken advantage of class time locally and across the country, she has attended the following classes and workshops. Certifications are proudly indicated.

 

  •  End-of-life doula workshop, facilitated by Lifespan Doula Association, Ann Arbor, MI ; 2016 (certificate of completion)

  • 'Living and working with fearful dogs', facilitated by Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-K, New Orleans, LA; 2016 

  • Veterinary first aid/CPR (with revised guidelines), facilitated by Pet Professional Guild/DogNostics; re-certification 2017. (earned re-certification in pet CPR and pet first aid)

  • Fear Free Pets symposia, facilitated by Fear Free Pets (Marty Becker, DVM et al.), Phoenix, AZ; 2017 (certificate of completion)

  • Reptile Husbandry & Handling, Great Lakes Zoological Society/World of Discovery -- Conservation & Rescue Center; November, 2011

  • Pet Loss & Grief Companioning, facilitated by Coleen Ellis (sponsored by Two Hearts Pet Loss Center & Pet Loss Professionals Alliance) Palm Springs, CA; 2017 (earned certification as a Pet Loss and Grief Companion)

  • Doggone Safe program: 'Learn to Speak Dog! Canine Communication & Social Behavior', facilitated by DogNostics, 2017 (certificate: Dog Bite Safety Educator) 

  • Infectious Disease Management Program (veterinary), facilitated by Heroes for Healthy Pets et al., 2018 (earned certification)

  • Animals in Disaster: Awareness & Preparedness, faciliated by FEMA, 2017 (certificate of completion)

  • Animals in Disaster: Community Planning, facilitated by FEMA, 2017 (certificate of completion)

  • Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS), facilitated by Pet Sitters International, 2018 (earned certification)

  • Compassion Fatigue Resiliency - Educator, Traumatology Institute, May, 2019 (certificate of completion)

  • Science of Animal Behavior Conference, event facilitated by K9 Turbo Training & Detroit Dog Rescue, June 2019 (earned professional CEU's for attending breakout sessions on advanced canine and feline body language, learning theory, husbandry, training, behavior modification and enrichment for animals)

  • Compassion Understood: Pet Loss Training Program, October 2019 (passed assessments, earned certificates of completion and professional CEU's for the three-component program that covered topics including the Fourth Life Stage, compassionate communication, decision making and end-of-life discussions, intro to hospice and palliative care, bond-centered end-of-life care and euthanasia, supporting families after the pet's passing, using reflective practice and enhancing soft skills)

  • ...and countless continuing education on topics such as T-Touch for fearful & shy dogs as well as those with seizure disorder; fear threshold in dogs; pet loss + grief & the holidays; illicit drug exposure & symptoms in companion animals; shifting from cure to comfort in animal hospice; children in grief with pet loss; building resilience in dogs after trauma, abuse & neglect; senior & geriatric pet care; serious veterinary medication side effects; special considerations for dogs with separation anxiety; the effect of medical issues on feline behavior; understanding how separation anxiety in dogs is properly assessed + how effective training plans to address it are created + keeping families motivated; using negative reinforcement to work with fearful cats; canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) and help for aging cats: behavioral, environmental, and medical management; canine and feline psychopharmacology; canine and feline socialization; canine predation; inappropriate elimination in cats; the influence of genetics and epigenetics on animal behavior; understanding aggression in dogs: neurochemistry, genetics, epigenetics, maternal/neonatal care and socialization, understanding drug diversion and human abuse of veterinary-prescribed opioids...  just to name a few.   

Lorrie is a proud member of:

  • International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)

  • Pet Sitter International (PSI)

  • Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

  • Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement (APLB)

  • National End Of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA)

  • Doggone Safe 

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC, supporting member)

  • Ann Arbor Area Pet Sitters 

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