About Dr. Caryn

About Caryn Self-Sullivan, PhD

Dr. Caryn is an Animal Behaviorist and Dog Trainer, who works with dogs and their people. She specializes in training and behavior modification for family dogs, companion dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs from puppyhood to old age.

Call (540) 287-8207 for immediate help!

Got a new puppy? Need obedience and good manners training? Want a therapy or service dog? Just want to stop your dog from pulling on leash and jumping on people? Does your dog exhibit fearful and/or aggressive behaviors?

Dr. Caryn will train your dog, teach you how to train better, and most importantly…how to have fun doing it!

My Service Area: I provide personalized, private training in your home, office, and public settings in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, and Westmoreland. Extended service is available in Orange, Culpeper, Fauquier, Prince William, Lancaster, and Essex Counties.

My Clients: Dr. Caryn works with pet owners and fosters, families, shelter staff and volunteers, veterinarians and staff, groomers, and other trainers—anyone who needs or wants to train obedience, good manners, advanced skills, or correct and modify behavior, and have fun doing it!

My Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is based in the science of how animals learn with a dedication to positive reinforcement methods. We pledge to teach and train using the force-free principles and techniques taught at the Karen Pryor Academy and endorsed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, Family Paws Parent Education, and Operation Socialization.

Meet my mentors and learn more by watching my Training Philosophy Playlist.

Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan, Owner

A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Caryn has over 30 years of teaching and training experience. She founded Ask Dr. Caryn About Animal Behavior and Training in 2010. She has the highest training credentials, including a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M. Caryn is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Since 2010, she has trained hundreds of dogs and their owners (see References & Reviews). In addition to her local business, Ask Dr. Caryn About Animal Behavior & Training, Caryn also teaches graduate students at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida.

Lori Ann Westberry, Associate-in-Training

Lori is also a native of Fredericksburg who grew up in Southern Maryland. She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right Trainer Course. Her previous experience includes training for Pet Smart and a lifetime of dog ownership and training. Lori shadows and assists Dr. Caryn with private clients in our new Puppy Start Right Course!