Dog Trainer, Dog Behaviorist, Dog Rescuer, Creator of Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Speaker, Author, Podcast Host, and, most importantly, Animal Advocate.
Journey from Animal Advocate to Creator of Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Behavior - Changing the landscape of dog training and dog rescue.
Hello, I am Billie Groom, award winning author, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, Animal Behavior Society and the Comparative Cognition Society, and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A.). I developed the UPWARD Dogology formula from working with thousands of dogs over 3 decades. My clients include veterinarians, psychologists, animal experts, canine professionals, rescuers, fosters, adopters and first time dog peeps. The Humane Society of Toronto awarded me for my work with challenging dogs in 2002 and I continued to develop my methodology over the decades through hands-on application.
I am the expert in Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I work exclusively with dogs over the age of six months because this is when cognitive skills develop causing change in behaviors. This is an unheard of area of expertise because there is no other formula grounded in C.B.T. that effectively addresses behaviors associated with aggression, anxiety, rescued dogs, adolescent dogs and change in behaviors.
To learn more about me, you can listen to the many shows I am a featured guest on, including the LA Tribune Live - IGNITE Your Essence, The Dog Connection Show, and Animal Magic Films. Pls go to “Media” for links.
My Learning Journey to becoming a Dog Behaviorist:
You could say I have had an unconventional journey, spanning over three decades, which has provided me with an advanced knowledge of dogs and great insight into the dog-world, which cannot be achieved through conventional learning. I did not study CBT for dogs and then apply it to dogs. My work with dogs has provided me with a wealth of experience. These dogs all had different pasts and experiences, so it is necessary to acknowledge their pre-conceived perceptions and their life-skills. I learned how to reach the cognitive side of their brain and to use this skill to effectively integrate them into our world. From there, I learned how to teach it to people and voluntarily worked with dozens of rescue organizations. This allowed me to create an easy to follow system which continues to save the lives of dogs and the sanity of the people who love them, everyday.
”I never liked the title of “Behaviorist” because it sounds so uptight and “Behavioral Rehabilitation” is so rule orientated. I educate people on how to apply cognitive behavioral therapy to easily and effectively reach their goals, of which addressing unwanted behaviors is common. I approach this much like a “Mixologist” - I am an expert at understanding how to creatively use different elements in a manner that adheres to a scientifically proven formula to achieve a desired outcome. Hence, I am an entrepreneur and a Dogologist.”
For more info on my learning journey, pls visit the links on this website to the many podcasts, tv shows and articles I am featured on. My book and my podcast begin with this journey.
My Mission as an Animal Welfare Activist:
I am motivated to spread awareness of UPWARD Dogology because everyday I help people who are at their wits end. The most common response is, “Why is this methodology not “out there?” It grinds my gears me when I hear about dogs being put down because of behavioural problems which Conditioning Methods were unable to effectively address. C.B.T. needs to be a part of mainstream dog rearing, in addition to positive reinforcement training and other non-aversive Conditioning methods, to effectively address the needs of dogs of all ages, personality types and backgrounds.
I Owe it to the Dogs
I am grateful for the many dogs I have had the opportunity to work with, including dogs from the Yulin Fest, fighting rings, reserves of Northern Canada, backyard breeders, basements, ditches, rooftops, the streets of Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, China, Korea, and the Galgos from Spain. My current dogs include a street dog from Mexico and a street dog from Costa Rica. I am a cardio junkie and lover of the outdoors. I enjoy reading fictional books (especially crime thrillers), and I can be seen enjoying a beer on a patio, preferably with dogs.