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 has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Education and 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 so that each has their needs met. 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 and she has managed two no-kill animal shelters. Rachel has also trained shelter staff 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 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. You can read Rachel’s Training Philosophy here.
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 and nominated in back-to-back years for a Dog Writers of Association of America Award. You can read Rachel’s articles here.
Along with her membership in APDT, Rachel is also a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member. PPG membership consists solely of positive reinforcement/force-free trainers.
Rachel and her husband, co-pet parent and business partner, Ryan, opened Percy’s Playground Inc. in March, and have lived in the Ozarks since 2009. They have 6 animals at home: all rescues, all part of the family.