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Michael Baugh, Houston dog trainerMichael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA

Dog behavior expert Michael Baugh began his professional work with  with families and their dogs in 1999. He graduated with honors from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.  Michael has a degree in communications with a secondary concentration in psychology from Loyola University of New Orleans. He also studied community counseling at the Graduate School of John Carroll University.

Michael is the first full time dog behavior consultant and dog trainer in houston with these two independent professional certifications:

  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) – Awarded by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). This certification required multiple essays and case studies related to helping people who have dogs with serious behavior problems including aggressive dogs.
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) – Awarded by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. This certification includes a 250-question test assessing 6 core competencies in dog training. Additionally it included peer review of actual training and teaching (on video) to assess skills at well as knowledge.

Michael also teaches other dog trainers, offering online learning opportunities as well as in-person seminars and workshops.


Victoria Thibodeaux, Houston dog trainerVictoria Thibodeaux CPDT-KA

Victoria is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (ccpdt.org). She is also a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior and Dr. Susan Friedan’s renown Living and Learning with Animals program. Victoria is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Victoria is an expert in puppy training and adolescent dog behavior with an eye for preventing problem behavior and early intervention for emerging behavior issues. She’s also an excellent teacher for families whose dogs have aggression problems. Victoria is especially effective with dogs who guard objects, food, places and other resources. And, she’s the go-to trainer for people who live with dogs who sometimes fight with each other.

Learn more about Houston Dog Trainer Victoria Thibodeaux.


Erin Richardson CPDT-KA

Erin Richardson CPDT-KA

Erin is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), as well as a professional member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

She is currently working through Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course and is working
toward becoming a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC).

She is experienced with socializing and training puppies, teaching owners how to problem solve and prevent behavioral issues in the future. She is passionate about helping dogs that struggle with leash aggression and general fear toward people and other dogs.


Everett Lowenstein – Assistant Trainer

Everett Lowenstein is an assistant trainer with Michael’s Dogs. He recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. His aspirations are to attend Veterinary school to then specialize in behavioral medicine. Everett’s medical knowledge of animals makes him strong addition to our team, as physiological conditions can affect an animal’s behavior. Finally, he has substantial experience in training dogs in all levels of obedience, and is currently working with Michael to learn about behavioral analysis and modification.