Kelly Cottrell, CTC
Kelly Cottrell is the Supervisor of Training and Behavior for the Louisiana SPCA. She is an Honors level graduate of the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, known as the “Harvard for Dog Trainers," and shares her life with three rescued pit bull dogs: Villere, Kiana and Rosa. Kelly specializes in leash reactivity and works with private clients on modifying fear and aggression. She is committed to improving quality of life for dogs and their people through positive, reward-based training, and doing so in a way that is accessible for all learners involved.
Hollie Gomila is a Behavior and Training Consultant at the Louisiana SPCA. She currently studies at the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, known as the “Harvard for Dog Trainers," and shares her life with her Cocker Spaniels, Coco and Roger, and Basset Hound, Josie. Hollie also holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and brings her astute critical thinking skills and thirst for knowledge to the department. Her approach toward training and behavior is rooted in the sciences of animal learning and dog behavior, which supports force-free methods that are fun and rewarding for dogs and their people!
Courtney Bayer began working with dogs as a teenager at a board and train facility in Bothell, Washington, and volunteering as a dog walker for Seattle’s Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). As a student at Loyola New Orleans she acquired the first dog of her own, a puppy named Gracie from Boxer Rescue, who turned out to be a loveable mess of behavioral issues. Thirteen years of training with Gracie, and now four years with her pit bull Bishop, have given Courtney a world of experience with various methods all leading to the belief that positive reinforcement is the best way to communicate with our dogs. Courtney has been active in rescue and shelter volunteering in New Orleans since 2007, and she and Bishop share their home with a boxer-pit mix named Fiona who came from foster care in Baton Rouge and two “Katrina Kitties,” Cosmo and Newman.
Knows that behavior problems are the #1 reason animals are brought into the shelter. She developed the obedience training program in 1997 as a former LA/SPCA employee. Lee has been active with the Visiting Pet Animal Assisted Therapy Program for more than 19 years, serving as President for 10 years and now currently serving on the Board as PR Coordinator. Lee's philosophy of training is that it not only builds confidence in the dogs as they achieve each goal, but it also builds a much stronger connection between human and canine.
Sabrina Jacks shares her life with 3 dogs: Ignatius, Evangeline, and Molly. She has been working with dogs for 5 years, and became interested in training and agility when she adopted her deaf dog, Evangeline. "Evie" doesn't let her disability slow her down one bit; she loves to play and work. And Sabrina loves to channel that drive by making things that Evie loves contingent on good behavior.
Roger began his dog training education in 1972 with his rescued dog, Valentine. Although Roger used traditional dog training methods for years, his discovery of clicker training pioneer Karen Pryor’s book 'Don’t Shoot the Dog' and Jean Donaldson’s 'The Culture Clash,' led him to reconsider his previous understanding of dogs and begin a study of the science of dog behavior and learning. Roger now brings his skill and humane focus to the LA/SPCA, offering dog lovers dog friendly training methods that are rooted in the scientific principles of how animals learn.