Tessa Burman, KPA CTP

As a graduate of Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional Program (earning my KPA CTP credentials) and a member of The Pet Professional Guild, I am dedicated to the use of reward-based training when working with my canine clients. 

My passion for “all things dog” began as a young child, however it wasn’t until my college years that I began to consider a professional career working with animals. After completing an introductory dog training course in 2015, I caught the “training bug” and became obsessed with the world of dog training and behavior. My formative training years were spent working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where I had the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the most skilled and educated trainers in Colorado. I then spent over a year working at Denver-based Canis Major Dog Training, as both a trainer and as their Operations Coordinator. In 2020, I returned to HSBV and currently work as a trainer in their “Puppy Club” program and teach group dog training classes, in addition to working with my Canine Connections clients. 

I have always been passionate about the human-canine connection and am deeply inspired by the effect that bond can have on a person’s life and well-being. I believe that dogs have the ability to help humans be their best selves, and that in return we should treat them with kindness, love, and respect. This belief has led me to pursue the specialized field of Animal Assisted Therapy, specifically providing dog training/behavior support to mental health professionals who wish to incorporate a therapy dog into the wonderful work that they do. I enjoy partnering with Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado in the education of mental health professionals about dog behavior and body language, and I am always looking for opportunities to expand my knowledge and understanding of Animal Assisted Therapy so that I can better assist my clients and their dogs.