Some of our team members will be center stage, others stay behind the scenes. Here’s who we are!
Amie Glasgow, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, CSAT, FSG-I, is a crossover trainer and founding member of Baltimore Force Free.
Her first job was teaching horse-back riding in exchange for barn time when she was in middle school, and after growing up with cats and dogs, she stumbled into dog training when her first pit bull Oscar ran across the street to her years ago. Together they trained in two phases of IGP/Schutzhund with punitive trainers before deciding there must be a better way, and beginning the cross to modern positive methods. Through this, Amie learned first hand what it’s like to have an expert telling you something must be done to get results. Now she knows results can be achieved in many, many ways, and it’s never necessary to cause pain or fear to our pets.
Since 2006, she has studied with some of the most respected behavior experts in the industry, such as Dr. Susan Friedman, Kathy Sdao, Leslie McDevitt, Malena deMartini, Bob Bailey, Parvene Farhoody, Dr. Sophia Yin, Michael Shikashio, Pat Miller and more. She regularly attends seminars and presentations to be sure she is able to share the most current force-free behavior modification methods with her clients. She garnered most of her training experience working at area shelters, working with hundreds of dogs and cats in the time most trainers would only meet a few, running behavior programs for in-house and public animals, and single-handedly quadrupling the shelter’s training capacity to the public in under four years. Amie is still deeply passionate about sheltering, but feels better attention would be spent focusing on making the right matches and lifetime connections, rather than guilting families into “saving” an animal that causes more stress and heartache in the long run. She focuses her attention on keeping families together, and helping households find peace.
She recently passed rigorous testing with a score of over 95% to become the first IAABC Accredited Dog Trainer in the state of Maryland, and also holds the esteemed Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) title through the IAABC. Amie is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), which demonstrates that she is one of the few trainers in the world who specializes in helping dogs and their families recover from Separation Anxiety and Isolation Distress, a FearFree Pet Professional, and a Dognostics “Fun Scent Games” instructor. Respected by professionals in all walks of animal welfare, Amie often garners professional referrals from other trainers, veterinarians and vet staff, and animal control officers, as someone they can trust to give educated, fair, and humane advice to their friends, family, and clients.
She has a special place in her heart for fearful and reactive dogs, but finds behavior fascinating and loves the ‘human enrichment’ she finds teaching scent games. She truly enjoys working with the wide range of issues her clients bring.
Oscar is the reason for it all! He’s what’s called a “crossover dog” – the dog that experienced both old-fashioned, punishment-based methods, and then was there on the trainer’s journey to positive methods. Oscar is trained in formal Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, K9 Nosework, tracking, and Search-and-Rescue. He also assists in reactive dog classes. He first found Amie by running across the street to her at the age of 9months, and has been her greatest companion since then. Together they are now facing the journey of a senior dog with liver cancer. EDIT: Oscar left us February 26, 2017 at the age of 14. His cancer beat his body but never conquered his heart.
Liberty was seen years ago being hit by a car. She came home with Amie to recover, and never left. Together, they worked through severe fear issues and separation anxiety, and in time Liberty came to be a tremendous training assistant, working with children, kittens, and aggressive dogs. Every being who ever met Liberty loved her, and it was a gift to have her in our lives. We lost Liberty very suddenly at the age of 8 in January 2015, one week after cancer diagnosis, and it is because of her we pledge to donate a portion of our proceeds to canine cancer resources.