Allie Bender

Dogtown lead behavior consultant of Best Friends Animal Society

Allie BenderAllie Bender is the Dogtown lead behavior consultant at Best Friends Animal Society. She has been working with rescue groups and shelters since 2006 in various capacities, including founding a student-run organization to aid local shelters with fundraising, supplying volunteers and providing education to the public about animal shelter issues.

Allie graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University. During her education, she spearheaded a research study exploring the effects of enrichment on stereotypical behavior in shelter dogs.

In her position at Best Friends, Allie is now able to combine her two great loves, homeless animals and animal behavior, to help dogs find and stay in their forever homes. Allie has been training dogs professionally since 2012. She is a certified professional dog trainer–knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA) and an Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) evaluator, and is certified by TAGteach at the primary level.

Friday, July 15, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
From Reactive to Relaxed: Understanding Canine Leash Reactivity