Positive Reinforcement Training

Meet Your Trainer

About Rachel Brix, BSEd, CPDT-KA

Rachel Brix, BSEd, CPDT-KA, is a veteran high school teacher. Inspired by her dog Percy, she resigned to pursue a full-time career with dogs. Rachel is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer -Knowledge Assessed, whose combined teaching and training career spans more than 20 years.

Rachel specializes in positive reinforcement/force-free training methods. Her focus is helping humans and dogs communicate more effectively. You can read Rachel’s Training Philosophy and details about her methods and approach to training here.

After resigning from teaching, Rachel became a pet stylist and Lead Dog Trainer at Petco. teaching both group and private lessons while mentoring other trainers. She then went on to run her own small grooming and training business.

One of her passions is rescue dogs; to that end she has managed two no-kill animal shelters. Rachel has also trained shelter staffs on dog training and behavior modification, and has provided consulting services to shelters on management, policies and procedures and enrichment protocol and programs.

Rachel’s personal philosophy of dog training includes a major community involvement component; accordingly, she and her husband, Ryan, voluntarily spearheaded and continues to chair the committee that built Carroll County, Arkansas’ first and only dog park, the Eureka Springs Bark Park. Over the years, she has also given free seminars on positive reinforcement training, dog dental health, dog park etiquette and bite prevention.

Another of Rachel’s passions is animal advocacy. She volunteered on the campaign for what eventually became Missouri’s Canine Cruelty Prevention Act and various other dog-related initiatives in the region. Rachel also pioneered the first and only city-wide wild animal circus ban in Arkansas that passed in Eureka Springs in 2015.

The dog training industry remains unregulated. However, Rachel’s commitment to science-based training and education led her to earn the industry’s leading training certification from the industry’s most widely recognized independent certification organization, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Through rigorous testing and Continuing Education requirements, the CCPDT’s standards are at the top of the industry. You can learn more about the CPPDT and what Rachel’s certification means at http://www.ccpdt.org/about-us/.

Rachel is also a professional conference speaker and published author, speaking twice at the annual Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) conference (2017 and 2018) and nominated in back-to-back years for a Dog Writers of Association of America Award (also 2017 and 2018) for her articles on puppy mills and canine cancer, respectively. You can read Rachel’s articles here.

Along with her membership in APDT, Rachel is also a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member. PPG membership is solely comprised of positive reinforcement/force-free trainers.

Rachel and Ryan, are committed to all animals, not just dogs: they’re both animal advocates and long-time vegetarians who went vegan in 2015. Rachel and Ryan have lived in the Ozarks since 2009 and have 6 animals at home: all rescues, all part of the family.