About Sherry and Brainy Dog
In 2001, Sherry founded Brainy Dog,
a private compa
Sherry is a professional dog trainer, with over 20 years of experience.
Her passion to help dogs understand and choose to change behavior has earned her a reputation as a highly skilled and compassionate dog trainer.
Her training techniques are founded in:
Cognitive Learning Theory.
Classical Conditioning and
Operant Conditioning using positive reinforcement.
Sherry creates new lessons for dogs by modifying exercises designed to teach children.
In 2001, Sherry founded Brainy Dog,
a private company and trademarked name in the industry.
Her journey with dog training began at the young age of nine when she taught her Dachshund, Dixie, to sit for an ice cream cone.
Sherry's ongoing curiosity about improving communication with animals lead her to walk away from a career in engineering design to become a professional dog trainer.
Canine Specialty Training
In 2001 Sherry learned to train shelter dogs to become service dogs, from a trainer who trained search and rescue dogs for the military and attended Bergin University.
At PetSmart, Sherry focused on "Positive Reinforcement" (reward training) for family dog issues.
is where she spent a week during the Wolf and Dog Behavior Camp with Ray Coppinger, author of Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution and Erich Klinghammer (founder of Wolf Park), who spoke about starting Wolf Park and the lessons he learned from the wolves in his care.
Sherry was able to interact one-on-one with captive-bred wolves. Wolves, like all other animals, can be trained using positive reinforcement.
Easter Seals, Bay Area
is where she trained to teach children using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Easter Seals Bay Area has programs to help a large population of people who learn best by using a systematic step-by-step approach. The same ABA techniques can be used by all of us, including non-human animals.
is the original Service Dog Training School.
Sherry attended Mock Client training which is the same training Bergin clients go through to receive a service dog. It’s intended to help Bergin students practice teaching real clients.
North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG)
is a highly trained group that rescues animals during evacuations from fires. Sherry joined the group in 2007 and worked through the 2008 California fires in Butte County, managing emergency shelters.
Training was on-going at the Butte County Police Department Training Center which included incident management, animal handling and other emergency training.
Sherry trained for search and rescue
with her German Shepherd Dog, Moose. She trained with a Missouri Search and Rescue unit leader in 2001, attended the Absaroka Search Dogs yearly training, and practiced weekly wilderness scent work sessions with the Inland Empire Bloodhounds Search in North Idaho.
Volunteer work at animal shelters
Butte Humane Society,
Jackson County Animal Shelter
Kootenai County Animal Shelter
Second Chance Animal Shelter
Sonoma County Animal Services
Rohnert Park Animal Services
Sherry has helped hundreds of shelters dogs learn skills to be successful living in family homes. Sherry designed training programs for shelter staff to help dogs adapt to human society.
Seminars, webinars, and courses.
Subjects of interest for her are:
Fear, anxiety and trauma in dogs.
Aggression in dogs.
Applied Behavior Analysis.
Behavior challenges in children.
Protocols from many categories of dog training.
Neuroscience of learning, perception, memory, and behavior.
Brainy Dog Camp
Sherry has almost always had a Dog Training Camp where hundreds of client dogs, have lived with her to learn new skills to change old habits.
Currently offers phone-guided-training nationwide.