About the Trainer

Thanks for stopping by the Dog Gone Smart Training page.

My name is Anke (No need to panic if you call. I'll help - it's pronounced "On-Kah"). I have been professionally training animals for over 15 years. My degree in zookeeping has allowed me to work with exotic animals (big cats, wolves, primates) as well as strengthening the relationships with people and their animals. My methods are science-based and I do not practice any sort of intimidation tactics in my training.

My credentials include a Degree in Zookeeping Technology, Certification with Animal Behavior College as well as certification as a trainer for a large chain store where I worked for several years. I regularly attend seminars in order to keep up to date on new trends and research. I was an instructor for an undergraduate college program for 5 years, teaching a variety of conservation classes as well as Animal Training and Animal Behavior courses.

My love of relationship based training has now led me to be Dog Gone Smart, offering in-home training for those who share their homes with non-human friends in Colorado Springs! For those of you outside of the area or looking for an alternative to in-home classes; I do offer virtual sessions as well. Coaching is available for your staff if you run a facility or business and would like your staff to learn about training concepts. I hope you'll give me the opportunity to work with. Please Contact Us or go to Ready To Join for more information.