About Me

Hi, my name is Natalia Rozas and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and the owner and webmaster of Dog Training Excellence.

I am a dog lover just like you are!

So, thank you for stopping by because I have so much information I want to share with you!

I grew up in Argentina surrounded with animals, my mom taught me to love them all...and when I say all...I am not exaggerating:

Cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, fishes, ducks in the bathtub of a summer apartment, an injured bat living in the bathroom (hand fed), carterpillars that turned into butterflies, and I am sure I am forgetting some too!

My mom is an animal guru, she just loves animals, observes them and rescues them when she can (my dad doesn't fall behind either!). It wasn't until I moved to the United States that I had the chance to formally learn about animal training. My world changed after that!

This is how my passion for dog behavior and training started...

As a little girl I used to daydream I could talk with animals (Who didn’t, right?). I would try to meow like a cat or bark and snarl like a dog (I was pretty good too!). I would curl up next to my dog, his name was Chip, and talk to him, hoping he understood what I was telling him.

I now know that animals don't have a language like ours but that they can communicate. They can also understand us, if we teach them how.

This is what my passion for behavior and training grew into...

I became a scientist, a neuroscientist to be more specific. I have a B.S. from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

I love reading, researching and doing experiments to understand how learning and memory work, both in animals and humans. 

I also became a professional dog trainer, certified through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers. Now I can apply my background knowledge to a real world application..

… dogs! And it never stops to amaze me when I see it in action.

Most of all I love sharing this passion!

I have been training dogs for the past 12 years and I am one of the lucky dog trainers that started out only using positive methods. I have trained group lessons, private lessons (still do) and I am also a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

As a certified pet dog trainer I attend seminars, read books and keep myself connected to other trainers to continue my learning. I always strive to give you the latest information on animal training that is based on scientific research.

Some of my tips have been featured in the book "Top Tips from Top Trainers". A great book full of advice about everything dog training.

How I built this website...

While finishing my degree and raising my kids, I found less time to train one-on-one classes. I wanted to build a website that could reach many people, a website that would spread the word about positive dog training methods. After several failed attempts at doing it all by myself I found the Site Build It! or SBI! program.

Finally, someone who would explain to me step-by-step how to build my very own dog training website. And I must confess, I don't have any programming skills. If you ever find yourself thinking about writing a website or blog, I strongly recommend SBI! Thanks to them, this site keeps growing faster and faster and I enjoy connecting with dog lovers all over the world.

I truly hope you can find a lot of useful information here, if you have questions or comments you can contact me or you can even tell us your dog story!

Enjoy your dog, thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon!

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