LOMA Behavior and Training is dedicated to providing you with confidence about your training choices for your dog. What makes LOMA different from most companies in San Antonio is that ALL trainers working for LOMA Training are required to pursue certification through the most reputable organizations: the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the Karen Pryor Academy and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). With these affiliations, you can be assured that a trainer is held to the highest ethical and behavioral standards in the industry. All trainers are also members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to ensure they stay up to date on the latest industry standards.
We emphasize these certifications because not all certifications are alike. There are currently no licensing, education or experience requirements to work as a dog behavior professional and no government agency monitors what it means to be a “certified” trainer. This makes it important for you to be a knowledgeable consumer so you can select the most qualified professional to work with you and your dogs. Take a look here at the code of ethics we follow.
Our trainers are all employees of the company, not subcontractors. This allows us to provide you with consistent, quality customer service and training. We also carry general liability insurance, and each employee has successfully passed a background check.
- Give clients the highest quality behavior modification and training options for their dogs.
- Make dog training simple to give clients the most effective, achievable solutions possible.
- Bridge the gap between the world of dog training and the worlds of psychology and animal behavior.
Lorraine Martinez, PHD, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Lorraine Martinez PhD, owner of LoMa Behavior and Training LLC, has been helping dogs and their people since 2002. She gives people confidence they can get the best help and most reliable training for their lovable 4-legged friend.
After earning her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Washington-Seattle, one of the best schools of behavioral psychology in the country, she graduated with distinction from the rigorous Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program.
As part of the Greater St. Louis Training Club she developed the first specialized program they offered for dogs with issues, those showing fearful and aggressive behavior and she worked as the Behavior and Training Department Supervisor for the Humane Society of Missouri.
She has served as a consultant with the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team, assisting with rehabilitation of dogs rescued from dog fighting seizures and adopted one of the dogs from the largest dog fighting raid in history.
Robyn Slusky, CPDT-KA
Robyn has been a professional trainer since 2013. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Canine Life Sciences from Bergin University’s Service Dog Training Program.
She holds a CPDT-KA certification and is also an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizenship exam.
Robyn’s passion is teaching kids how to safely interact with dogs. She also focuses on training service dogs and dogs with fear and anxiety. She owns Deuce who is her trained service dog.
Sara Smith, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Sara has been a professional trainer since 2013 and is the ONLY behavior consultant in San Antonio with an independent certification of her knowledge. She holds certifications of her knowledge of dog training and behavior consulting from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.
Sara prefers working with aggression cases. She has a passion for shelter work and facilitating play groups that work on dog-dog interactions.
Sara completed a mentorship with both Dogs Playing for Life and Austin Pets Alive to advance her skills coordinating group play, and as a handler, within the context of working with shelter dogs.
Sara is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and in her free time, she is the Behavior Program Coordinator for Mission: Miracle K9 Rescue, Inc.
Matt Montes, CPDT-KA pending completion Fall 2017
Matt has been a professional trainer since 2012, is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is sitting for his CPDT-KA and CBCC certifications in Fall 2017.
Matt is the director for a successful foster based rescue, Mission: Miracle K9 Rescue, Inc. that specializes in behavior cases, as his passion is working with aggressive dogs.
Matt was also part of the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Response team that cleared dogs from the shelters and continued saving animals during the flooding and the devastation after. Over the course of two weeks, MMK9 moved over 150 animals and aided in the rescue of over 2000 dogs, cats and birds.