Amber Todd, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB

Owner, Trainer of Embarking the Pet Dog

  • Playing with Lucy on the beach
  • Karen Pryor Clicker Expo 2015
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar 2012
  • Kong creator Joe Markham APDT Conference 2013
  • Dr. Sophia Yin 2012
  • Nicole Wilde APDT Conference 2013

Amber strongly believes in the use of humane training methods that are based on behavioral science and has been applying them in Whatcom County since 2006.  She started her journey by taking an online course with Penn Foster Career School on Dog Training.  The program was based on Karen Pryor’s clicker training techniques.  She applied her new knowledge not only to her own dogs but on those of her friends and family as well.  In 2010 Amber began teaching group classes and private lessons at PetSmart in Bellingham, WA.  Teaching 6 days a week at PetSmart gained Amber a lot of hands on experience in a short period of time, by 2012 she was prepared to apply for certification with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  She earned her CPDT-KA title in December 2012 and shortly after left PetSmart to begin training with Tails-A-Wagging,  a well known Doggy Daycare and Training Facility in Bellingham, WA.  After 2 years of fantastic support to explore new class ideas from Tails-A-Wagging Amber decided to take things one step further and start her own training business in 2015.   Amber continues to hold her CPDT-KA title and is frequently continuing her education through seminars, expos, conferences, books, and DVDs.  She also believes in sharing knowledge and has begun providing hands-on training to apprentice trainers through the Animal Behavior College Mentor program.  Aside from her CPDT-KA title and her ABC mentor position she is also a Professional Premium member with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and a full member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).  Amber loves to get involved with different rescue groups and has even fostered puppies for Happy Tails Happy Homes and Rescued Hearts Northwest.  In 2015 she co-founded the Whatcom Dog Coalition with 2 of her training colleagues to support the growth of certified trainers and provide various educational outlets to the local community.  Amber earned her Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior through the University of Washington in August 2017.