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 🙂

Baby Az Rox Nationals 2017

Baby Azande – 2nd Place USMRA National Championship, Mondioring Level 2 (March 2017)

 


 

Professional Associations

  • 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

 


HDP - Zulu BH

October 2014
Happy day for us, Zulu earned his BH!

Baby Az Rox Spain 2017

With Baby Azande, after competing at the Mondioring World Championship (Spain, October 2017)

Azande Rox MR2

Mondioring 2 Trial (October 2016)


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