Our Mission: Through our extensive knowledge of behavior, Animal Alliances, LLC, provides education to people who live and work with animals.
By offering programs customized to your pet's behavior needs, we strive to improve your understanding of why your dogs and cats do what they do.
Our Philosophy: Animal Alliances believes that changes in behavior are accomplished best using positive methods. We help your pet learn by rewarding the good behaviors that we want to see, rather than punishing those we may not like. Behaviors that are rewarded will always increase in frequency — this is simply how animals learn. The positive training and behavior modification techniques that we use are based on the science of how animals learn and have proven to be extremely effective — whether teaching your dog a simple behavior like sit or dealing with a serious behavior problem such as aggression.
Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC is the owner and director of Animal Alliances, LLC. Kelley has a Master's Degree in Animal Behavior and is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (CABC) and a professional member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Her goal as a companion animal behavior consultant is to improve the human-animal bond by increasing her client's understanding of animal behavior and behavior modification. Kelley offers private behavior consultations to pet owners experiencing behavior problems with their pets, teaches a variety of dog training classes at her Northampton facility and consults with animal shelters all over the country on behavior related matters.
Kelley is the former Director of Behavior Programs for the Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and continues to act as a consultant for the program. Kelley also serves on the Academic Steering Committee for the Shelter Medicine Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University and is an instructor in the program courses. Additionally, Kelley serves as a consultant for Humane Network, a non-profit organization that consults with shelters and communities to responsibly increase life saving capacity. As a shelter behavior specialist, Kelley consults with animal shelters across the country in the design and implimentation of comprehensive behavior programs to address the behavioral health of the shelter animals during their stay. Kelley is also a nationally recognized invited speaker at many conferences and workshops on animal behavior.
Prior to opening Animal Alliances, Kelley served as the behaviorist for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). During the four years she spent with the MSPCA, she implemented many programs including temperament evaluations of shelter dogs, behavioral and environmental enrichment for all the animals at the shelter, training programs to decrease stress and increase adoptability for both dogs and cats, and educational programs for staff, volunteers, local animal control officers, and the general public on animal behavior related issues. Additionally, she handled a behavior help line which fielded over 100 calls per month and conducted private behavior consultations for both adopters and the general public. While at the MSPCA, Kelley conducted research on the validity and predictability of her canine behavior evaluation procedure. Her research results have been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Kelley started her animal career working as a veterinary technician in a small animal practice. She later managed a boarding kennel and dog obedience school, where she was also an apprentice trainer. After several years in the dog field her lifelong desire to work with wild animals drove her to pursue an education in the study of wildlife and environmental science.
Kelley earned her undergraduate degree in wildlife biology from the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry and then began her career in the zoo field. During the last five years of her zoo career, Kelley worked mainly with primates as the lead keeper of the Burnet Park Zoo's nine species of our endangered relatives. She also served as the enrichment coordinator for the zoo, working with other keepers to find ways to enrich the lives of all the animals held at the facility. She has worked with elephants, lions, leopards, sloths, fox, otter, rhinoceros, and giraffes, in addition to her favorites, the primates. Throughout her zoo career, her goal was to improve the lives of the captive animals by providing mental and physical stimulation through daily enrichment and operant training sessions.
After seven years working in the zoo field, Kelley returned to college to earn a Masters degree in animal behavior from the University of Massachusetts. Her Master's research involved a study of abnormal behavior in captive primates. She found that captivity often leads to aberrant behaviors such as stereotypies and self-injury. In the course of conducting this research she became interested in the abnormal behaviors exhibited by other species, both wild and domestic, and eventually changed her focus to studying and working with companion animals. She feels she has come full circle and she brings the experience and knowledge she gained working with wild species to her work with companion animals.
Kelley is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all animals and she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of animal behavior with the humans who live and work with them.
Animal Alliances: Northampton, MA Dog Training using positive methods.
Animal Alliances, LLC is located at 137-E Damon Road, Northampton, MA 01060