Roxana Vlasceanu – Head Trainer and Owner of HDP K9
I enjoy teaching and coaching, dogs as well as humans. I value communication and trust as the corner stones of building effective, result-oriented relationships with my students, both two- and four-legged, and believe in applying scientifically proven methods as well as balance and common sense to dog training and behavioral modification programs.
I begun studying Learning Theory (including classical and operant conditioning) and dog behavior modification, in 2008. By 2010 I was volunteering for local shelters, working with rescue dogs, and using reward-based-only (positive) training methods, including clicker training. In 2011 I begun studying extensively the Michael Ellis System of Dog Training, and within a short period of time I dedicated full time to training, founding High Drive Pups, LLC (HDP K9), in 2012.
From 2012 to 2016, I operated the business as a comprehensive Boarding / Structured Daycare / Training entity, while living on-site at the facility, managing employees, and running a Rescue Rehab program. By mid-2016, I decided to let go of a lucrative part of the business, our boarding and structured daycare services and facility, so I could focus exclusively on the training progress of my students.
In addition to helping my clients enjoy a well-behaved, four legged member of their family, I am also actively training my two dogs, a Dutch Shepherd (Zulu, BH CSAU CGC) and a Belgian Malinois (Baby Azande, MR2 BH CGC), in Schutzhund/IPO as well as Mondioring, two challenging protection sports with tracking, competitive obedience, agility, and protection phases.
On a personal note –
Earlier this year, Azande and I competed at at the Mondioring Nationals (2nd Place!), qualified for the USA World Team, and were able to travel to France for training, followed by a decent showing at the Mondioring World Championship in Spain… Very proud of my pup and the work we have been able to accomplish together 🙂
- Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
- Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- Active member of several dog sport organizations, including the United States Mondioring Association
Science Background and Education
- Master of Science in Genetics, Case Western Reserve University
- Graduate research work focused on Neuroscience and Behavior, including the development of behavioral tests for a pharmacogenetic mouse model of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Special interest in Neuroscience and Psychology; college and university courses included Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Neuropsychology, Advanced Neurophysiology, Advanced Principles in Neuroscience, and Neurogenetics
- Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Lorain County Community College; courses taught included Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Clinical Nutrition