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Erika Austin


Erika has more than 10 years of experience working with dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments. She has interned under licensed veterinarians, volunteered with countless animal rescue groups, worked at several different doggy daycare centers, and was employed as a shelter manager for a no-kill animal shelter before starting her own pet photography business. 

Erika loves getting to know the people who love their dogs and is a passionate teacher, of both human and canines! She believes that it’s important for her clients to understand why dogs behave the way they do so that they can learn to problem-solve together. As a dedicated coach, Erika will customize each lesson to align with your personal training goals.

Prior to joining the Clever Critters Team, Erika founded and has been running Dandelion Dogs. She is currently pursuing continuing education…..

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She quickly fell in love with the art and science of training dogs, but soon realized that her education did not equip her to work with more severe behavioral issues. With a strong desire to help the dogs that seemed “hopeless,” Sarah set out looking for another avenue of education to give her the tools she needed to address more complex behavior cases.

In July 2020, she joined the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and dove headfirst into the wealth of material that was provided to supporting members. Still, she wanted to learn more to test her skills and further her knowledge in the field. She decided to pursue the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)’s accreditation for dog training. After spending a grueling 60 days working on the extensive test, she passed with a score of 98 out of 100 and received her Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) standing through the IAABC on January 21, 2021.

Now, Sarah continues to further her education and knowledge in the field every day through seminars, conferences, the most up-to-date, science-backed materials, and more. Dog training is her passion, and she owes all of it to her boy, Duke.
On December 16, 2020, Duke crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He began having complications with his prostate in October, and despite all the effort to save him, his health continued to deteriorate. He’s missed more than words can possibly express, but his legacy will live on forever through Barks and Rec and Sarah. It is because of Duke that Sarah has dedicated her life to helping dogs like him.

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