MEET GARI

Gari Weinraub with dogs

Gari Weinraub, CCS Certified Canine Behavior Consultant/Obedience Coach

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As a child growing up on the outskirts of Manhattan, all I asked of my parents was to give me a small zoo of my own. I brought home every stray animal I could pick up and carry!

As a young adult, I was fortunate enough to work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a Curator Assistant of Mammals. But the west coast beckoned me and I followed my heart and moved to Washington State where I completed a B.A. in two disciplines; Ethology (Animal Behavior) and Photography from Western Washington University.

Upon graduation, I worked as an Assistant Zookeeper Aide for 15 years at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, primarily with Asian Sun Bears and Sloth Bears. I also photographed several exhibits for display and many international presentations.

Pursuing a simultaneous career as a photographer, I have been published in several national magazines, books and newspapers and continue to photograph today, specializing in pets. See some of my work here.

Becoming a certified dog trainer and canine behavior consultant was a natural progression and I attended the acclaimed, licensed Northwest School of Canine Studies, obtaining a certificate in Canine Studies (CCS) as a Behavior Consultant.

Since 2007, I have been helping dogs and their companions on both coasts, Washington State and now as a permanent resident in South Florida.  

I have helped hundreds of dogs and their humans to achieve a harmonious balance where once there was none and have many satisfied clients from all walks of life, including well known celebrities, athletes, high profile entrepreneurs and CEO's - as well as retirees, working families, single men and women on a budget.

My education is ongoing through seminars with highly acclaimed internationally known behaviorists in canine science. This field continues to expand with exciting new data in behavior training and I am always eager to learn and apply modern techniques to my training skills. My love and appreciation for dogs grows and their astounding intelligence and abilities to communicate with us never ceases to amaze me.

The methods I believe in and use with excellent results are SAFE, long lasting and do not cause physical or emotional pain or intimidation. I begin by building a strong foundation of mutual understanding and cooperation through teaching and reinforcing desired behaviors, even with the most aggressive dogs. I create a safe environment so dogs can excel at learning in order to achieve maximum success.

My philosophy in teaching dogs and their human companions is simple: create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, make it fun, reward it well, be patient.

I look forward to helping you and your canine companions. Please contact me today so we can work together to achieve your goals.

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"I cannot thank Gari enough for all she has done to help me better understand and train my dog. In addition to needing basic training, he was becoming reactive towards unfamiliar objects and sounds. I didn't know why he was acting that way or what I could do to help calm him down. Walking with him in my neighborhood was frustrating, upsetting and even embarrassing at times. I realized that I needed professional guidance and thankfully I found 180dog and Gari Weinraub!!! She was able to quickly identify his behaviors and offered great tools and techniques to help him. She is a great teacher with tons compassion. I know that we still have a way to go, but my dog and I are building a strong foundation. I am so lucky to have found Gari. She has been easy to work with I am forever grateful for all her knowledge, guidance, compassion and support!" - Wendy and Jazz, Delray Beach