OUR QUALIFICATIONS:

LOMA Behavior and Training wants you to have confidence about your training choice. What makes LOMA different from most companies in San Antonio is that ALL our trainers are required to pursue certification through the most reputable organizations: the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the Karen Pryor Academy, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and Fear Free Pets.  You can be assured that our trainers are held to the highest ethical and behavioral standards in the industry.  We currently staff the MOST in home trainers in San Antonio with the Fear Free certifications.

We emphasize these certifications because not all certifications are alike. There are currently no licensing, education or experience requirements to work as a dog behavior professional and no government agency monitors what it means to be a “certified” trainer. This makes it important for you to be a knowledgeable consumer so you can select the most qualified professional to work with you and your dogs.   Take a look here at the code of ethics we follow. 

All trainers are employees, NOT subcontractors. This allows us to provide you with consistent, quality customer service and training. We ALSO carry general liability insurance, and each employee has successfully passed a background check.

We work with any behavioral concerns you may have from aggression and anxiety, to puppy training, to basic obedience.

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OUR MISSION

Give clients the highest quality behavior modification and training options for their dogs.  

Make dog training simple to give clients the most effective, achievable solutions possible.  

Bridge the gap between the world of dog training and the worlds of psychology and animal behavior.

OUR TRAINERS:

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Dr. Lorraine Martinez, Behaviorist-

Ph.D., KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Professional

Lorraine Martinez Ph.D., owner of LoMa Behavior and Training LLC, has been helping dogs and their people since 2002. She gives people confidence they can get the best help and most reliable training for their lovable 4-legged friend.

After earning her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Washington-Seattle, one of the best schools of behavioral psychology in the country, she graduated with distinction from the rigorous Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program.

As part of the Greater St. Louis Training Club she developed the first specialized program they offered for dogs with issues, those showing fearful and aggressive behavior and she worked as the Behavior and Training Department Supervisor for the Humane Society of Missouri.

She has served as a consultant with the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team, assisting with rehabilitation of dogs rescued from dog fighting seizures and adopted one of the dogs from the largest dog fighting raid in history.

Lorraine is a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer.

I am extremely grateful to both Lorraine and Robyn.  They showed me how to teach Olivia the basic commands—here, stay, drop it, and leave it.  But more importantly, these two ladies taught me about the “special needs” of my puppy.  Olivia is extremely fearful of almost everything. (She has vision problems and was probably a product of a puppy mill!) There was a time when she was so fearful that she would not even go outside to go on a walk, and ran away whenever she heard a loud noise such as the garbage truck.  Lorraine, through patient instruction, and Robyn, through outstanding demonstrations, showed me how to not only identify my dog’s fear but also how to help her overcome those fears.  Now Olivia looks forward to her walks, and even enjoys encounters with new people.  Noise does not send Olivia into a fleeing panic.  Most importantly, I am no longer constantly afraid that Olivia will bite someone because of her own fears. Whatever your dog’s needs,  from simple to complex, these two special ladies can help you.
— Phylis Weathermon
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Sara Smith, Canine Behavior Specialist-

CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, Fear Free Certified Professional

Sara has been a professional trainer since 2013 and is the ONLY behavior consultant in San Antonio with an independent certification of her knowledge. She holds certifications of her knowledge of dog training (CPDT-KA) and behavior consulting (CBCC-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Sara is also a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer.

Sara prefers working with aggression cases. She has a passion for shelter work and facilitating play groups that work on dog-dog interactions.

Sara completed a mentorship with both Dogs Playing for Life and Austin Pets Alive to advance her skills coordinating group play, and as a handler, within the context of working with shelter dogs.

Sara is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and in her free time, she is the Behavior Program Coordinator for Mission: Miracle K9 Rescue, Inc.

We have a house with five rescues dogs. The relationships between the dogs is generally good, but our spaniel mix (Elsa) would occasionally become suddenly dog aggressive. We asked Sara to help with this problem. Sara understands dog interactions so well. She watched how the dogs interacted in the house, in the yard, and on walks. Sara noticed our Aussie would often run by and harass Elsa, and Elsa’s body language showed Sara how incredibly stressed Elsa was by this aggression. Sara the showed us how Elsa would then come into the house with muscles all tensed up, she would yawn, indicating a feeling of stress, and she was ready to explode. Since Sara’s observation, we keep the Aussie from approaching Elsa on walks. That has allowed Elsa to relax during walks, and her dog aggressive behavior has vanished. Sara’s insight into dog behavior and emotions allowed us to have a peaceful pack. We are very grateful for her experience and skill with changing unacceptable dog behavior.
— Bill Nauschuetz
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Dr. Megan Hoffman,Animal Behaviorist

-Ph.D.

Megan joins the LOMA team with over 15 years experience working with animals in a variety of settings including shelters, sanctuaries, zoos and behavioral research centers. Her skill set is unique because in addition to working with dogs and cats, she has substantial experience working with nonhuman primates and bears.

After earning her Ph.D. in Animal Learning and Cognition from Georgia State University, she began teaching at the collegiate level and worked as an assistant professor at the University Of North Georgia.

Megan is an active researcher in the field of animal learning, with her most recent full length publication in Animal Cognition and a commentary paper on animal metacognition in the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

With her strong background in animal behavior education and teaching, Megan helps foster relationships between clients and their dogs. By building these bonds, she helps owners shape their dog's behavior.

Megan came over for a consultation. I am a first time dog foster and have an extremely fearful and anxious dog. Megan was very knowledgeable and kept total composure with my dog barking aggressively for the entire hour. She explained to me how to help Nahla learn how to trust people and taught me how to handle situations that stress my foster so I can set her up for success.
— Roxy Suarez
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Emaleigh Hill, Trainer

Emaleigh is a native of San Antonio who began following her passion for animals in high school as a pet sitter and dog walker and as a volunteer at the San Antonio Humane Society. It didn't take her long to decide that she wanted to pursue a career in animal training and behavior. After high school, she continued to gain experience by working at various pet stores and boarding, training, and daycare facilities.

In fall 2015, Emaleigh attended the Dog Training Professional course through the Karen Pryor Academy, which cemented her philosophy of the use of positive training methods. She continues her education through online coursework, video training, and reading.

Emaleigh originally began as a LOMA client training her sister's service dog. Now she has transitioned and accompanies the lead trainers and also works with our puppy clients. She will be sitting for her CPDT-KA exams in March, 2019.

Emaleigh is excellent. She has done a great job with our puppy.
— -Paul Germano
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Sarah Spencer, Assistant Trainer

Sarah has lived in San Antonio since childhood and moved to attend TAMU-Corpus Christi, where she acquired a BS in Animal Biology and a minor in Psychology.

She created an independent study at the local Humane Society to help train dogs and increase their likelihood of adoption. Sarah's professional experience is in animal husbandry, mostly working with fish and reptiles. She loves helping raise and train her friends' dogs and has a passion to help animals through behavior modification.

She is currently learning positive reinforcement and fear-free training methods with LOMA and will soon begin to accrue training hours to get her CPDT-KA certification in 2020.