My name is Amber Oliver. I live in Miami, FL. I am 20 years old and have been working with animals all of my life. I currently own three dogs, a skunk, a senegal parrot, two sugar gliders, a snake, a beta fish, and a bearded dragon.
I have a passion for animals of all kinds but have decided to specifically work with our canine friends. There is so much more to them then we realize and my goal is to help humans learn how to communicate with canines. I strive to understand them more as time goes on and want to share what I know to help benefit both dogs and humans alike.
I’m an accredited dog trainer and am currently majoring psychology to specify in animal behavior.
I use only positive reinforcement methods as this is what is humane and scientifically proven to produce the most reliable results. I hope to spread a new way of training and show others that there is no need for punishment of any kind to have a perfectly well behaved dog.
“In everything do to others as would have them do to you; for this is the law of the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
With that being said, A Passion for Paws training is solely positive reinforcement or otherwise known as progressive reinforcement.
“Teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and excluding the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation. A type of animal training exists that involves no forms of intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands, or domination.” – Emily Larlham
My mission is to change the way people think dogs need to be trained. No force is needed to get your dog to behave. If you train your dog with positive methods only, your dog is performing for you because they want to, not because they have to.
I train with methods that are humane, compassionate, reliable, and most of all enjoyable. This form of training has been scientifically proved to be the most successful and shows us that there is no need to be physically or psychologically intimidating.
• I began working with animals at a young age. I started first working as a volunteer for helping service dogs and spreading information on them. I was with an organization that no longer exists but my job was to mainly educate the public and raise funds.
• As I became more in-tune with helping the disabled, I started working with horses at a company called Healis Therapy in -where they used hippo therapy to help special needs children. I broke in the horses and helped train them to get used to children. I was in charge of making the horse safe for the children. I did this for 2 years and then moved on in the field in 2007.
• I then started volunteering at the Museum of Science working in the wildlife center. I cleaned cages of the raptures and other birds of pray, along with the mammals and reptiles that they had. The longer I was there the more experience I got with the animals and I eventually began to handle the animals there as well. I would tether the birds of prey and help with giving them their medications and feeding the orphaned birds and mammals. I did this once a week for over 2 years and really grew in my knowledge and confidence with the animals, especially exotics.
• I also worked for a short time with a friend at his exotic pet store, mainly cleaning up the store and feeding/caring for the animals. I discovered his store by visiting to see what he had for my current exotic pets. I acquired Benji (my skunk) from the store and the owner of the store remains my friend to this day.
• I began working with this friend for a company called Safari Edventure in 2008 where I was an exotic animal handler and had to handle animals varying from geckos, hedgehogs, coatimundis, alligator, burmese pythons, porcupines, wallabies, ect. I not only handled the animals but spoke about them and not just from memorization but from my own experiences of working with them.
• In the past year I discovered my love for wanting to train animals for the benefits of humans. This is when I really became interested in the canine psychology and ethology in itself. I was hired by Petsmart as their dog trainer and quickly advanced into a high position right off of the bat. I am still working as a dog trainer at petsmart and am learning so much from the experience. I plan to continue with ethology and finish my general schooling and continue into an animal behavior program. I hope to use everything I have learned and acquired for the benefit of people and animals alike.