Dorene Olson, BA

Dorene Olson is a professional animal trainer and animal behavior consultant. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the founding member of Gateway Trainers And Behavior Society (GTABS), and the former Secretary and Education Coordinator for the Gateway Parrot Club.

Dorene has trained and worked with animals for 25 years, including 11 years as a veterinary technician. She is a sought-after expert on dog, cat, bird, horse, and exotic pet behavior, and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics ranging from clicker training of monkeys and bunnies to the care of wild-caught primates and waterfowl management. She also writes articles about animal behavior and training for local and national newspapers, and has made numerous TV and radio appearances.

Dorene is a passionate advocate for humane, science-based training methods—and for continuing education. She adds to her own knowledge and skills by attending numerous seminars and conferences, in fact as many as 60 over the past decade. In addition to her professional work, Dorene volunteers her time and expertise for waterfowl, avian, wildlife, dog, cat, bunny, and horse rescue organizations.

With her own dogs, Dorene has competed in herding, obedience, tracking, lure coursing, schutzhund, and agility. She lives in St. Louis, MO, with her other half and a menagerie of dogs, cats, parrots, ducks, chickens, fish, and assorted rescue animals.


  • Professional member, Association of Pet Dog Trainers  (APDT)
  • Founding member, Gateway Trainers And Behavior Society (GTABS)
  • Education Coordinator, Gateway Parrot Club
  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis
  • St. Louis University, St. Louis
  • Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
  • 3 years of pre-veterinary schooling
  • 11 years as veterinary technician
  • Certified Level 1 Hazardous Material Disaster Responder
  • St. Louis Pet Lovers Coalition, Community Volunteer
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