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Trainer

Opal

Trainer

Opal

Meet Opal O’Brien! She is our newest team member here at Bark & Board Midtown West, 426 Trabert Avenue Northwest, Atlanta, GA.  She is diligently helping to develop, create & manage the NEW DOG TRAINING PROGRAM, which shall be announced in the next few weeks.  Due to the influx of dog training inquiry, we put our heads together & decided we would work on adding this needed training program.  We have committed to building this needed service, promoting, managing & blossom, our new endeavor of the Dog Training Program.

Opal O’Brien Dog Trainer Bio 

Hello, my name is Opal.  I’m so excited to become a part of the Bark & Board team, spearheading our new Dog Training Program!!!  I’m looking forward to meeting each of you and your dog pal(s).  During our meeting we can discuss how I may be of assistance with helping you gain complete awareness, understanding the body language of your dog, & using train them within a short period of time.

So, without further ado, here’s a little history on me.  My love for animals began early in my life with family pets, particularly dogs.  I had my first dog around the age of 5 or 6, and as I got older, my level of knowledge & understanding increased.  Over the years, my training techniques varied, because just like people are not the same, dogs aren’t either.  My training techniques at times, are specifically geared towards the type of breed & personality/temperament.  Some of the breeds I trained are: Pitbull’s, German Shephard, Rottweiler’s, Labrador Retriever, Chihuahua, Dachshund.   

Most of my full-time career had been working in the mental health field and substance abuse treatment at a behavioral health in-patient and out-patient hospitals.  I collaborated with a local mental health out-patient treatment program where I developed & implemented an Animal Assisted Therapy program, using my two personal dogs, Mini (dachshund) and Frisco (chihuahua).  I assisted patient’s who were suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse.  

When COVID pandemic forced its way on us world-wide, I began re-assessing my path in life.  At that moment, I felt I needed to transition from that line of work and go back to my first love of dog training, working with them and their owners on a full-time basis. 

Education/Certifications:  

  • Graduated from Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from Clark Atlanta University  

  • I’m also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT): The Healing Power of The Four-Footed Co-Therapist, MEDS-PDN,  

  • Animal Assisted Therapy Applications 1, Pet Partners 

  • I’m currently attending Jo-Thor’s Dog Training Academy studying for the Master Dog Trainer Certification.  I will be eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and will continue attending additional trainings and seminars.