Staff – Amy Saletta

Amy Saletta

Amy Saletta KPA-CTP

Program Manager
Many years ago an incident with my own family dog is what led me to the world of animal behavior and training. My otherwise sweet, lovable, dog one day ran off my property and bit a neighbor “out of the blue”. What I didn’t understand at the time was how stressed and upset he was, and had I known what I know now, I would have recognized the signs and could have prevented that from happening.
Now a certified training partner of the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior, and with over ten years experience, my client base includes people with new puppies as well as families who have adopted adult dogs. My main desire is in helping them understand how to best communicate with, train, and ultimately bond with their new companion.
In the past when I’ve been called to help a family with their new dog, I was dealing with frustrated people who were trying desperately to get their adopted dog to fit into their household. Many of the problems they faced could have been avoided with education and management from the day they brought their new dog home.
I am thrilled and proud to be a part of the A Sound Beginning Program training team! The Path to Success gives adoptive families the tools and support they need to minimize frustration for both them and the dog. Plus, it promotes a strong bond of love and acceptance for each other and helps to create a “forever family” for a dog who simply needed a second chance.
Learning about canine communication and teaching others how we can better understand our dogs and improve our relationship is what my writing and teaching career is based on. 
As co-author of “Adopting a Dog? Start off right with … A Sound Beginning”, my life is dedicated to working with the rescue community on how to smoothly integrate a newly adopted dog into an already established family. By helping people avoid the common mistakes that are easily preventable, we can increase the chances of a successful adoption. This is my passion.
Working closely as behavioral advisor and trainer with various shelters and rescue groups, my goal is to facilitate gentle rehabilitation and successful placements so that more dogs can stay in their forever homes. I am a force-free trainer that believes that all animals deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.
  • Certified Training Partner thru the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior.
  • Member APDT: Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Presenter for the Doggone Safe, “Be A Tree” Dog Bite Prevention program
  • Owner/Trainer The Puppy Professor – Private & Group Puppy Training