Amber Todd, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB

Owner & Trainer of Embarking the Pet Dog

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 students 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


Recent & Current Education

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

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Webinars: 

  • To Spay or Not to Spay, Part 1- Jessica Heckman, DVM (upcoming)
  • To Spay or Not to Spay, Part 2- Sue Yanoff, DVM (upcoming)
  • Not Just Another Trick- Sara Brueske
  • Genetics of Dog Personality- Jessica Heckman, DVM
  • Consent Matters- Sarah Stremming
  • Happy Hiking- Deb Jones

Dog-ibox Webinars:

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


  • 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)