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A Certified Dog Trainer (IACP-CDT) and member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, Brian Bergford has extensive experience as a Dog Behavior Specialist and is the owner of Altitude Dog Training as well as Uptown Dog in Longmont, Colorado, and functions as the Director of Training and Behavior for this center which provides Behavior- and Pack Work-driven daycare and boarding.

Brian earned his Psychology Degree from the University of Colorado, taking particular interest in the areas of neuroscience, psychopathology, clinical psychology, and the principles of human psychology and personal performance. His passion for helping both people and dogs drove him to expand his knowledge-base by studying the principles of Canine Psychology and Behavior as well. This journey brought him to a balanced place of understanding not only the human-canine bond, but how each of us can maximize the peace and potential of our lives and share those same benefits with our dogs.

Brian has been working with dogs since 2002. His ability to interpret canine energy, body language, and cognitive processes has enabled him to develop effective communication strategies to accomplish not only advanced obedience work with dogs, but behavior modification as well. He draws on his psychology background to develop specialized training and development programs for people. The overall aim is to empower and equip people with the knowledge and tools they need to understand their dogs and thoughtfully communicate with them. Brian firmly believes that the way we live with our dogs has every bit as much to do with their quality of life as the way we train and educate them.

With a continual thirst for expanding his knowledge, Brian has studied a wide spectrum of training applications. His experience working with many different training methods allows him to utilize the very best of each to develop creative training solutions - solutions that are most appropriately suited to meet the needs of the individual dog and family. The combination of his passion for helping dogs and inspiring people is a winning formula that allows him to create outstanding results for his clients. Brian is also a Volhard Dog Nutrition consultant. This additional specialization in nutrition and holistic health modalities adds even greater depth and sophistication to his insight about canine behavior. Brian is a firm believer that all facets of a dog's life - spiritual, physical, and psychological - are interconnected, and that creating positive change in one area of a dog's life will inevitably cause a ripple effect, benefiting all the other areas as well.

Brian particularly enjoys working with packs of dogs and helping rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. It has also been a great joy and honor for Brian to do advanced volunteering work with Longmont Humane Society's Behavior Department for a number of years. As a 4th level volunteer, Brian worked among a select handful of top-tier volunteers working to rehabilitate dogs that exhibited the most severe behavior challenges, including issues such as extreme aggression, fear, and reactivity.

Brian is tremendously grateful for the opportunity he has had to work with Aimee Sadler, Director of Training and Behavior for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and founder of Dogs Playing for Life. Aimee's expertise is highly sought after and her cutting edge work, which includes utilizing play groups in shelters to help successfully rehabilitate under-socialized dogs, has received national recognition. She specializes in behavioral problems, presenting regularly at international animal welfare and professional dog training conferences, and is one of the proud recipients of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award for 2012. Aimee was also presented with another prestigious award in 2013, being inducted into the International Association of Canine Professionals' Hall of Fame. Aimee has inspired Brian - and a great many others - with her masterful training, infectiously positive attitude, wisdom, and love of dogs and people. The value of Aimee's mentorship cannot be overstated and Brian is honored to know her and call her a friend.

Pet CPR/First Aid


All staff members on the behavior team receive essential training in Animal Care, Dog Behavior and Dog Psychology. They are also required to complete their certification in Pet CPR/First Aid by the American Red Cross.

 
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