Kelly Cottrell, CTC

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! 


Lee Gaffney

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.



Roger Bergez

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. Since 2008, Roger has assisted, and been mentored by, well-known positive reinforcement trainer, Gallivan Burwell, CTC, CPDT-KA, who studied with Jean Donaldson at the Academy for Dog Trainers in San Francisco. 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.










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