Linda Brodzik has over 35 years of training experience and continued education in the science of behavior and animal training. She is passionate about this science, having started her studies while she was still in high school. She has attended classes through the LifeLearn Program at the Ontario Veterinary College, University at Guelph, Ontario, Canada, under the direction of well noted veterinary behaviorist, Andrew Luescher, as well as Dr. Jack Halap and Dr. Don Mckeown. She has studied with many top dog and animal trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and from around the world, including Karen Pryor, Kathy Sdao, Ken Ramirez, Malena DeMartini, and Dr. Susan Friedman. Today Linda continues to attend classes, clinics, webinars and workshops on a regular basis to ensure she stays attentive to the most current knowledge in the science of behavior and training.
Recent Educational Accomplishments Include:
- Professional Animal Trainers Course under the direction of Ken Ramirez. This intensive (5-day) study was presented at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL.
- Living and Learning With Animals – Applied Animal Behavior Analysis, under the direction of Dr. Susan Friedman, Utah State University.
- Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) under the direction of Malena DeMartini.
- How to Work Aggression A-Z under the direction of Michael Shikashio. This is an intensive study in the rehabilitation and management of aggressive behaviors being displayed by pet dogs using science-supported training methodology.
Linda is a member of these continuing education groups:
- Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) Closed FB group for the continued discussion and presentation of cases and research pertaining to Separation Anxiety (Isolation Distress).
- How to Work Aggression A-Z Ongoing bi-weekly live mentoring sessions via Zoom.
- Animal Training Academy Live webinars, podcasts and discussions with trainers, behaviorists, veterinarian behaviorists and other animal- related professionals from around the world.
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants A diverse group of domestic and exotic pet animal trainers from around the world.
- Linda has been featured on TV and radio programs discussing dog behavior and problem behavior rehabilitation.
- Linda has had her professional articles concerning dog training and problem behavior rehabilitation featured in several dog training and pet-related magazines and newspapers.
- Linda lectures to both pet professionals, such as veterinarians, vet techs and dog rescue workers, as well as to pet owners, sharing the knowledge of science-based positive reinforcement training methods.
- Linda has been instrumental in establishing the Holy Waggers Therapy Dog Program at First Presbyterian Church, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Linda’s main interest as a dog trainer concerns emotional issues such as fear, anxiety, and aggression. She thrives to find positive science supported solutions that build trust and ability between dogs and their owners. Her analytical mind and ability to focus on great detail are strong assets when evaluating canine temperament and behavior issues, and in setting forth a comprehensive and well-structured dog training program.
Linda has lived with, trained, and shown in both conformation and obedience trials, as well as being active in teaching scent detection and beginner level tracking to German Shepherd Dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Boxers, and Bullmastiffs.
Although Linda specializes in the training of dogs with behavior concerns, she has also trained exotic birds (parrots), horses, and a plethora of other farm and pet exotic animals, using positive reinforcement training methods.
When Linda is not working to assist her clients and their animal companions, she takes pleasure in spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, kayaking and practicing archery. She also enjoys being creative through writing, music and artistic ventures.
Linda lives in Lincoln with her family, which includes their animal companions Jolie, a Black and Tan Coonhound, Katie, a Welsh Springer Spaniel, Dewberry, an ever-growing, African Leopard Tortoise, and Kelyn and Odin, her two parrots.
Before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2016, Linda owned and operated large and thriving behavior and training businesses in both New York and Minnesota. In both locations, Linda worked closely with local veterinarians to help clients relieve their dog’s behavior and training concerns.
Linda Brodzik is a member of the organizations listed below. These national and international groups of domestic and exotic animal trainers allow her to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas with trainers from all over the world.
- Animal Trainers Academy
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
- The Animal Behavior Management Alliance
- The Pet Professionals Guild
- Association of Professional Dog Trainers
- Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
I have always been fascinated by how dogs learn and how we can better communicate with them in training.
Relationships – good ones at least – are built on trust, respect, support, and love. This should be reflected in the relationship we have with our dogs, and the training methods we use to teach them. Training should be all about deepening and strengthening our relationship with our dogs. Positive, pet-friendly and supportive training methods build trust, cooperation, attention, and stronger bonds.
At In Relation With Dogs – Behavior Solutions, I not only focus on training your dog, but also you, as you are your dog’s lifelong companion and trainer. By giving you the skills to understand your dog’s behavior, how he/she learns, and how to effectively communicate your lessons, you will be empowered with the knowledge and ability to teach your dog now and in the future.
As a science-based, educated trainer with over 35 years of experience, I use only science-supported, positive reinforcement methods. These proven methods build trust, attention, and eager participation in learning and in performance, whether it be in obedience, manners or problem behavior rehabilitation.
Each client and dog is unique with individual needs in training. Because I work one-on-one with you and your dog, I can tailor each training program to you and your dog’s specific and individual needs. I listen to your concerns and wishes, coach you through the training process, and help you find real-life solutions that work for you and your dog. I will help you achieve your training goals and build a stronger and even more enjoyable bond with your dog.
I am committed to responding to your questions and needs quickly and with easy-to-understand answers and safe, practical solutions, whether it’s about your dog’s training program, behavior concerns, equipment, general care, or just for support.
I am here to encourage you every step of the way, even after the training is over. I offer lifetime “technical support” over the phone or via email to continue to guide you when needed.