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. All LOMA trainers are also currently or will be working towards their Fear Fear Animal Trainer Certification.
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.
We work with any behavioral concerns you may have from aggression and anxiety, to puppy training, to basic obedience.
- 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, Ph.D., KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Lorraine Martinez Ph.D., 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, CPDT-KSA
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 CPDT-KA (knowledge assessed) and CPDT-KSA (knowledge and skills assessed) certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. and is also an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizenship exam. Robyn is currently working on her Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification.
Robyn’s passion is teaching kids how to safely interact with dogs. She typically volunteers with the San Antonio Humane Society to work with kids during their Camp Humane sessions in the summer. 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 (CPDT-KA) and behavior consulting (CBCC-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Sara is currently working on her Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification.
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.
Megan Hoffman, Ph.D.
Megan joins the LOMA team with over 15 years experience working with animals in a variety of settings including shelters, sanctuaries, zoos and behavioral research centers. Her skill set is unique because in addition to working with dogs and cats, she has substantial experience working with nonhuman primates and bears.
After earning her Ph.D. in Animal Learning and Cognition from Georgia State University, she began teaching at the collegiate level and worked as an assistant professor at the University Of North Georgia.
Megan is an active researcher in the field of animal learning, with her most recent full length publication in Animal Cognition and a commentary paper on animal metacognition in the Journal of Comparative Psychology.
With her strong background in animal behavior education and teaching, Megan helps foster relationships between clients and their dogs. By building these bonds, she helps owners shape their dog's behavior.
Emaleigh Hill, Assistant trainer
Emaleigh is a native of San Antonio who began following her passion for animals in high school as a pet sitter and dog walker and as a volunteer at the San Antonio Humane Society. It didn't take her long to decide that she wanted to pursue a career in animal training and behavior. After high school, she continued to gain experience by working at various pet stores and boarding, training, and daycare facilities.
In fall 2015, Emaleigh attended the Dog Training Professional course through the Karen Pryor Academy, which cemented her philosophy of the use of positive training methods. She continues her education through online coursework, video training, and reading.
Emaleigh originally began as a LOMA client training her sister's service dog. Now she has transitioned and accompanies the lead trainers and also works with our puppy clients. She will be sitting for exams in 2019.