NATHANIEL LUKAS, PhD, M.A., LMHC, NCC, CPDT-KA
Nathaniel is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). He is credentialed by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Nathaniel graduated from A Fresh Perspective Dog Training's (AFPDT's) instructor certification school.
Nathaniel has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Clinical Counseling and is a LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) who specializes in Animal-Assisted Therapy with canines, as well as treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He is a National Certified Mental Health Counselor (NCC). Nathaniel is also a PhD graduate of the University of New Mexico in Spanish, where he specialized in curriculum design, instruction, and online education as well as in-person instruction. Nathaniel is also a bilingual (English/Spanish) diversity trainer and social justice advocate. Click here for his resume.
PHD offers guided training, which is training for dogs and humans together in relationship. Our clients learn practical skills that they are expected to practice between sessions. Need a skills review while practicing? Check out our Learning Portal .
PHD instruction conforms to LIMA, the ethical standard endorsed by the Association of Professional Dog Trainer (APDT), the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Click to read PHD's Ethics Statement.
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1. Prevent and treat problematic behaviors in dogs through socialization, training, and human education.
2. Provide effective and ethical instruction that is individualized to the needs of the learner.
3. Keep dogs in loving homes by teaching healthy in-home structure that replaces undesirable behaviors with alternatives that facilitate a mutually respectful and fulfilling relationship between dogs and their humans.
4. Provide high-quality, affordable instruction to people wishing to responsibly train a Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog or Therapy Dog for their own use.
5. Advocate for the responsible and humane care and training of dogs.
6. Advocate for appropriate laws, policies and regulations affecting dogs, including Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emotional Support Dogs.