Sally Kemper is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer -- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). She is also the Owner and Founder of Mander's Best Friends (MBF), a company name that was derived from a childhood nickname of "Salamander" and eventually shortened to "Mander." She is a certified Pet CPR and First-Aid Tech through Pet Health Academy, and she is an American Kennel Club (AKC) Evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC), S.T.A.R. Puppy program, Community Canine (the new advanced level of CGC), and Urban CGC. She is also a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has earned a diploma in Dog Training and Instructing from the nationally accredited Penn Foster Institute. She has dedicated hundreds of hours towards case studies, hands-on training and study objectives that ranged from core areas of canine behavior to Search-and-Rescue; Guide/Service/Therapy; Trick; Obedience; and Agility and Hunting Competition.
As a dog enthusiast, Sally trains and modifies the behavior of dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. She has helped hundreds of owners and their beloved dogs with a variety of obstacles—from puppy issues; separation anxiety; depression; and fear-elicited and goal-directed aggression to training assistance dogs to travel with their disabled owners and comfort dogs for military personnel with PTSD. She understands how dogs think and perceive their world and knows how to motivate dogs while clearly and effectively presenting the concepts to their owners and handlers through programs tailored to their specific needs.
Sally endeavors to take the “Total Dog Approach,” which combines health, training and behavior. Her behavior modification methods include conditioning strategies and positive reinforcement-based protocols that have produced long-term, successful results.
Safety is a top priority, and as a certified behavior consultant and trainer, “LIMA” (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) requirements are strictly practiced. LIMA is based on the most humane and effective methods that have a high probability of successfully achieving a training and behavior modification objective. LIMA compliance ensures that trainers and consultants are appropriately educated and competent in order to provide the least intrusive and minimally aversive methods when working with animals.
Sally maintains life-long relationships with the clients and dogs she works with and offers maintenance plans, medical assistance and socialization.
Eight-year-old Taco Bella serves as Mander's Best Friends' Canine Assistant and Demo Dog for various training and behavior modification purposes. She is a Canine Good Citizen and fully trained Service and Therapy Dog that helps our human team members improve communication with dogs in training.
Mander’s Best Friends’ team of pet care experts are dedicated to providing the best care for your canine companion in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.