Becky Kier is a dog trainer and educator specializing assistance dog training. As the Director of Training for Service Dogs Inc. Becky has played an integral role in the enhancement of the training program. Since her start in 1999, she has been involved in every aspect of the training department encouraging innovation in the training of both dogs and humans. She serves as the primary instructor for SDI’s Apprentice Trainers and excels at coaching both dogs and trainers through training plateaus and challenges.
Adept in shelter dog assessment, she has traveled to shelters across the southern US and as far away as Istanbul, Turkey. She has used her experience evaluating thousands of shelter dogs to develop Service Dog Inc.’s current evaluation protocols. These evaluation methods have led to increased program dog success rates and allow SDI to be one of a handful of accredited ADI programs continuing to use shelter dogs in their program.
As the leader of Service Dogs Inc.’s Trainers Academy, Becky creates curricula and serves as the primary instructor. This unique program grants professional dog trainers the opportunity to study all aspects of SDI’s Training Department and work with SDI’s dogs in training.
Through a partnership with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s PAWS program, Becky helped establish one of the nations first service dog training program within a juvenile detention facility.
During a break from SDI (2008-2011,) Becky created her business, Seize the Click! to provide consultation and educational services to other trainers. Her passion is thoughtfully training dogs to become engaged, advanced learners, and teaching others to do the same. Becky presented the seminars Click for Independence I and II around the nation.
Highlights of her speaking engagements have included Assistance Dog International, Clicker Expo and Fundación Bocalán. She traveled to Malta to consult with Service Dogs Malta Foundation as they organized their training department and established training protocols. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ (APDT) Chronicle of the Dog has published Becky’s articles on assistance dog training. She has also presented webinars for APDT.
As a graduate of Texas A&M with a B.S. in Animal Science, Becky is a diehard Aggie and was thrilled to consult with the A&M faculty on the search and selection of their Collie mascot, Reveille VIII.