Your Behaviorist & Trainer
Greg Riley MS CPDT CMAS
Canine Behavior Consultant
Professional Dog Trainer
Master Aggression Specialist
A lover of dogs, and the more-than-human world in general since childhood, Greg was originally drawn to the art and science of dog training through the writings & musings of the Monks of New Skete; a monastic community that evolved into German Shepherd breeders and dog trainers who understand the inherent nature of dogs and their ability to draw us out of our selves and towards a deeper connection with the more-than-human-world, and to the mystery of creation.
Today, Greg is considered the area's foremost expert in canine cognition and emotion, he is a Master Aggression Specialist, an Anthrozoologist, an Applied Canine Behaviorist, and a professional canine educator. Greg has successfully trained thousands of dogs over three decades, and has completed multiple training apprenticeships and programs with such luminaries as Ian Dunbar, Michael Ellis, & Cesar Milan and through Duke University and the University of Edinburgh, as well as earning a Master’s Degree in Anthrozoology with depth of study in both Ethology and Behaviorism. Greg's post-graduate studies centered on how combining the fields of quantum physics, brain chemistry and neuroscience, biology and genetics with an ethological understanding of canine behavior might inform his behavior modification trainings and emotional therapies - all of which experience ensures a science-based and humane training experience that maximizes the human-canine bond while training dogs to reach their highest potential.
Here at Off The Hook Dogs! Greg specializes in Positive Marker Training, Game-Based Personality Development Training, Off-Leash Proficiency Training, and Problematic Behavioral Rehabilitation and Training Therapies; all through the employment of humane methodologies. Greg is also a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and is a certified trainer and evaluator for both the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen, and the APDT C.L.A.S.S. Canine Life and Social Skills training programs. Greg also comes recommended by several area Veterinarians and Animal Control Officers for his compassionate demeanor, humane approach to behavioral interventions, and proven results.
Greg celebrates each animal's unique characteristics, and will work with yours to give them the specific help & guidance they need. He takes the time to deeply connect and lovingly bond with your best friend, and all of his training protocols are then informed by that bond and tailored to your pet's unique personality and disposition. This is a personal, boutique style training experience that enhances the human-canine connection and results in dogs who are happy & eager to learn; a genuinely fun and joyful training experience yielding spectacular results.
Whether you’re thinking about getting a pet, have a new pet, or already love a pet with emotional or behavioral problems... Greg can help!