Our Behavior Counselor and Trainer
Layla Amberger, CPDT-KA. has always loved working with animals but her interest in animal behavior grew tremendously during her work at a humane society where she worked for just over 5 years. During that time she saw how learning more about animal behavior could benefit not only the animals at the shelter available for adoption, but also the families seeking to adopt a pet. In 1999, she successfully completed the nationally recognized DOGS! Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification 6-day Course at the Purdue University Animal Behavior Clinic.
During Layla’s career at the humane society she directed the behavior assessment program in evaluating animals for adoption, the breed placement program and the foster care program. She also counseled adopters on training their newly adopted pets and trained other staff members in animal behavior. She has also served as an animal control officer for two different departments over the years.
In 2003, Layla joined Blair Animal Clinic as a veterinary assistant and behavior counselor. Shortly after coming on board she started teaching puppy pre-school classes. She later took over teaching the foundation level clicker training class when the current trainer moved on to pursue other interests.
She enjoys assisting in veterinary surgery and anesthesia, providing nursing care for hospitalized and critical care patients, performing dental cleanings, and training other staff in various topics in animal behavior and handling.
Over the last 10 years she has attended numerous lectures, workshops, and conferences throughout the United States on animal behavior, behavior modification techniques and training, and animal welfare and has logged over 400 hours of continuing education.
Layla currently teaches the Puppy Pre-school, Canine Companion Clicker Course, Advanced Topics, and Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Pet Preparation Course. She educates owners in the principles of animal learning and behavior modification techniques for both canines and felines and works adjunctively with the veterinarians as part of the behavior therapy team.
Layla also has a passionate interest in working with cases that involve feline inappropriate elimination and environmental enrichment for cats.
She is avid reader and enjoys photography in her spare time. She shares her home with her husband Jake, three dogs, and multiple cats.