Because AMC is committed to ensuring that the human-animal bond remains strong, in addition to our training classes, we have also partnered with Pet Behavior Change. Owned and operated by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) Dr. Megan E. Maxwell, Pet Behavior Change offers behavioral assessment, consultation, intervention, and training services to families whose dogs, cats, or birds are in need of behavior therapy, behavior modification, or basic obedience training.
Each behavioral case begins with a function-based assessment of issues and other problem behaviors or training deficits. Based on that assessment, an 8 week treatment plan is developed and then implemented by the family; this plan includes 4 home visits and 4 phone consultations. The behavior treatment plan is also communicated to your pet's Animal Medical Center veterinarian so that you and your pet are afforded the best opportunity for overall behavioral wellness.
Amy Estep, (B.A.) Puppy Class and Basics and Beyond Class Instructor
A native of Hurricane, WV, Amy graduated from West Virginia University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Investigations, with a minor in Psychology and Philosophy. During her undergraduate studies, she discovered behavior analysis through a service dog training course. She earnestly shifted her area of study to behavior analysis to learn as much as she could about the science of behavior. Amy also continued to work with dogs through a local nonprofit service dog organization called Hearts of Gold, where she became a key volunteer in training the dogs to complete advanced tasks necessary for their work as service animals for people with disabilities. Amy enjoys applying her knowledge of behavior analysis and experience with dog training to help owners and their pets live a happy, harmonious life together.
Amy and her boyfriend Dylan live in Morgantown, WV, with their son, Paxton, daughter, Eila, and their black lab mix, Lola.
Lindsay Parenti, (M.A., BCBA) Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Lindsay Parenti has been training dogs for nearly 10 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently working toward completion of a Ph.D. in Human-Animal Interactions. Her expertise in service dog training has been sought out by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, where Lindsay serves as a consultant for Project ROVER, a research program designed to assess the service dog needs of veterans with PTSD. Lindsay developed and currently teaches two courses in West Virginia University’s Animal Sciences department that teach students how to train service dogs and visitation therapy dogs. Lindsay has experience teaching puppy kindergarten and adult dog group obedience classes as well as providing private behavioral consultations to owners whose pets are experiencing a wide range of behavior problems.
Lindsay has extensive experience working directly with families whose pets exhibit a wide range of behavior problems. She also previously taught our puppy kindergarten classes and group obedience classes.
Lindsay is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator, certified to administer the Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine (an advanced level of CGC), and Urban Canine Good Citizen evaluations. For more information about the Canine Good Citizen program, visit www.akc.org.
Lindsay is a Morgantown native and currently shares her home with her beloved Beagle mix, Merlot.