Amber Todd, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB

Owner, Behavior Consultant, Trainer of Embarking Dogs

Training dogs professionally since 2006; Amber has gained plenty of hands-on experience with various breeds and behavior challenges. While dog to dog reactivity has been considered one of her specialties, puppy training has always been at the forefront and is currently her primary focus. Amber takes an overall behavior wellness approach which includes diet, physical exercise, mental enrichment, and life skills. She believes that clear communication is the key to success and that training should be fun for both the human and the dog. 

“When I learn, you learn.”- Amber Todd  

Always striving to learn more, Amber values education greatly.  Through experience and self-study, she earned her CPDT-KA title from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2012.  Since then she has attended many dog training seminars, expos, and conferences.  In 2017, she completed the University of Washington‘s Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior program earning her UW-AAB title.  Amber continues to learn more by listening to weekly podcasts, attending regular webinars, and taking online courses. (Interested in learning more about these? Scroll to the bottom of the page!)

Along with educating herself, Amber also enjoys teaching others interested in the field of dog training.  She has been a mentor for the Animal Behavior College for many years overseeing several student’s hands-on education.  She has recently begun taking on private apprentices and finds the task just as rewarding as teaching her clients.

Amber enjoys working with local rescue organizations and has fostered puppies for both Rescued Hearts Northwest and Happy Tails Happy Homes.  For the past few summers, along with her dog Jude, Amber has been teaching kids through the Whatcom Humane Society‘s Critter Camp for Kids.  


Meet my dogs

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Lucy
Prudence
Jude
Jude

Recent & Current Education

University of Washington:

  • Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior

Conferences, Camps, & Seminars:

  • APDT Conference 2013
  • Clicker Expo 2015
  • Synergy Sports Camp 2018
  • Synergy Sports Camp 2019
  • Clicker Expo 2020

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Courses:

  • Hidden Potential: Tapping your reluctant dog’s talents- Sarah Stremming
  • Relationship Building Through Play- Denise Fenzi
  • Toys: Developing Cooperation and Play- Shade Whitesel
  • Crucial Concepts of Competition-Shaping/Luring/Capturing and More!-Shade Whitesel
  • Arousal Layering Games-Sarah Stremming
  • Dealing with the Bogeyman- Helping Fearful Reactive and Stressed Dogs- Amy Cook, PhD
  • Normal or Not? Common Behavior Disorders- Jennifer Summerfield, DVM
  • The Melting Pot: Genes, Environment, Personality- Jessica Heckman, DVM
  • Canine Fitness Trainer 1- Debbie (Gross) Torraca
  • Teenage Tyrants: Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence- Sarah Stremming
  • Anatomy of a Workout: Plan a Specific Fitness Program for Your Dog- Leslie Eide, DVM
  • Baby Genius- Julie Daniels
  • Yes Please! Cooperative Canine Care- Deb Jones

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Workshops:

  • Stop! Drop! and…Stay! Reliable distance downs for herding- Helene Lawler

Fenzi Pet Professional Program Workshops:

  • Happy Crating! Crating as a Life Skill- Sarah Stremming
  • The Developmental Stages of Puppies- Eve Laforest

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Webinars: 

  • To Spay or Not to Spay, Part 1- Jessica Heckman, DVM
  • To Spay or Not to Spay, Part 2- Sue Yanoff, DVM
  • Not Just Another Trick- Sara Brueske
  • Genetics of Dog Personality- Jessica Heckman, DVM
  • Consent Matters- Sarah Stremming
  • Happy Hiking- Deb Jones
  • Dogs That Guard Their Owners- Michael Shikashio
  • Vaccine Issues- Dr. Jean Dodds
  • Terrific Teeth- Deb Jones
  • Fitness for Pre Seniors- Lori Stevens
  • Wait! All About When To Go- Julie Daniels
  • Fence Fight- Nancy Tucker
  • Happy Crating- Sarah Stremming
  • Fancy Fold Back Downs- Hannah Branigan
  • Feeding Dogs to Meet Their Needs- Linda P. Case
  • Dog Aggression Part 1 & 2- Michael Shikashio

Dog-ibox Webinars:

  • Leash Aggression- Kathy Sdao
  • What a Cue Can Do and What it Can’t Do- Kathy Sdao

Coursera:

  • Dog Emotion and Cognition- Duke University
  • Introduction to Genetics and Evolution-Duke University (current)
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare- The University of Edinburgh (upcoming)
  • The Truth About Cats and Dogs- The University of Edinburgh (upcoming)