Alyona “Aly” DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is the founder and face of Why Does My Dog. Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. Aly was first introduced to the science of animal behavior after reading “Dog Sense” by John Bradshaw.
She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions. Her experiences comes from years as both a pet specialist and independent dog trainer where her constant interactions with dogs provided a broad spectrum of behaviors to interpret and understand.
She has been afforded the opportunity to study alongside prominent professors including Dr. Ian Dunbar who has taught her to understand the science of dog behavior. When she is not creating new videos for Why Does My Dog, Aly enjoys some down time with her dogs King (Lhasa Apso), Pumpkin (Lhasa Apso), and Truffle (Pitbull).
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Before studying dog behavior, Aly had an interest in childhood psychiatry. The linear relationship between interpreting and improving child and dog behavior led her in the latter direction.
Aly’s interest in dog behavior grew after seeing the effects positive reinforcement techniques had on her dog, Duke. Once considered a “death row dog” because of his unruly behavior, Aly was able to train him otherwise to significantly improve his quality of life. Learn more about Duke’s legacy.
Aly is passionate about pro bono causes. She frequently supports humanitarian events such as the Wounded Warrior Project and Seattle Humane Society.