Dog Nerds has solutions to dog behavior issues!

We create the kind of online programs you want to change your dog's behavior and make life more enjoyable for both of you. 

We follow science-based, positive methods to achieve these goals. Working with your dog should be both enjoyable and rewarding. Do it right and sometimes it can be a transformative experience.

We take the guesswork out of the process and provide videos, handouts, and webinars that allow you to work at your own pace and in the comfort of your home.

So choose a program and start your journey toward a more satisfying relationship with your best pal.

(Don't see what you're looking for? Please email us and let us know what you think the next course we create should be!)

We have helped so many pet parents just like you.

Barbara Willett and Ozzie

Thanks for the fantastic courses you are doing!

Barbara Willett and Ozzie

Ozzie and I are having a great time learning all of these new things. I really love it when he has a light bulb moment. He gets lots of treats and I get so happy. We are not perfect but each day is better than the one before.

I find the handouts very helpful and I print them out for my reference. The videos are great because I really need to see what I’m supposed to be doing.

You are all amazing and have great knowledge about dog behavior. It’s incredible. Thank you for caring and sharing yourselves with others.
Nancy & Dave Stewart and Sawyer

We are having great success

Nancy & Dave Stewart and Sawyer

I just wanted to let you know that we are having great success with Sawyer using what you taught us.

These are major accomplishments for Sawyer. Thank you so much for helping us make Sawyer so much better.
Michelle Schreiber and Teddy

I love your course!

Michelle Schreiber and Teddy

I just have to take a moment to tell you how much I love your program. The way it’s structured with video, written material, and then printable notes is so user-friendly for those of us who are newbies to this new world of online instruction for dog behavior.

Thank you to you and your team for putting this out there and making this information so accessible!

Meet your Dog Nerds' Team.

We have the skill, knowledge, and expertise to help alter the life of both you and your dog through real behavior change.

Lisa Radosta DVM, DACVB, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist

Dr. Radosta graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She completed a residency in Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During her residency, she was awarded the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident research award two years in a row.

Dr. Radosta lectures nationally and internationally for veterinarians, their staff and lay people. She has written book chapters for textbooks including Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat; Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult, Decoding your Cat and Canine and Feline and Small Animal Pediatrics. She is the coauthor of From Fearful to Fear Free, the ultimate guide for fearful dogs.

She has published scientific research articles in Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science and The Veterinary Journal and written review articles for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Compendium, NAVC, Veterinary Team Brief, Clinician’s Brief and AAHA Newstat. She is the section editor for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She serves on the Fear Free Executive Council and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force.

Dr. Radosta has been interviewed for many publications including Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Palm Beach Post, NAVC Clinician’s Brief, Sun Sentinel, WebMD, AAHA trends, Real Simple, Good News for Pets and AAHA News Stat. She has appeared on Lifetime television, Laurie Live, local news in southeast Florida, Mitch Wilder's Amazing Pet Discoveries, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, Steve Dale's Pet Talk and Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats (documentary). She podcasts for VetGirl.
Lisa Radosta DVM, DACVB, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist

Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA

Mindy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Fear Free Professional, and a Professional Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants who has been working with dogs for decades. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and pursued her master's degree in veterinary anatomy from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mindy had been a veterinary hospital administrator for over thirty years, and in that capacity was instrumental in starting programs in pet therapy, puppy kindergarten, and obedience and behavior. She is currently applying all of her energies to helping dog owners create the best possible partnership with their dog.

Mindy is the Training Director and owner of Lucky Dog Training Club in Jupiter, FL. She helps dog owners with a multitude of issues, both in group and private classes and she guides and often mentors the other talented instructors that also teach there.

Mindy has had the good fortune of training under and learning from some of the top dog experts in the world. She continues to attend continuing education lectures and seminars to expand her expertise in dog behavior and has worked successfully with many dog owners in private consultations to help modify behavior problems including fear and aggression.
Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA

Cheryl VanVoorhies, M.Ed., CTC

Cheryl holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as graduating from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog trainers,regarded as the “ The Harvard school of dog training.”

A large part of her 35 year career was spent working with challenging students. This lead to a nice transition into her present career path.

Cheryl started out assisting in Reactive dog class in 2008. She has lived the pain and triumph of living with a reactive dog of her own.

This soon transitioned into her current position as a Veterinary Behavior Technician at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, a veterinary behavior only specialty practice, where she has worked since 2012. She implements and troubleshoots all behavior modification treatment plans to ensure her patients success. She deals with many anxious and aggressive animals with a wide range of emotional disorders.

Cheryl has lectured at the largest Veterinary Conference in North America speaking about noise aversion, and a Veterinary Technician Summit addressing noise aversion and motion sickness. She also lectures locally on many dog-related topics.

Cheryl is also a certified dog Instructor at Lucky Dog Training Club where she teaches many classes such as puppy class, Nose Work, obedience, and Fido Fun and Games.

Cheryl’s extensive education and training brings a nice balance when working with clients and their pets.
Cheryl VanVoorhies, M.Ed., CTC

Have questions?

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Email us! We are always happy to help.

  • What is the format of the courses and what's included?

    The courses have short, easy to watch video lessons, plus informative handouts. They are self-paced and you can take as much time as you need to practice the skills in each lesson.

    We recommend doing one or two lessons per week. You want you and your dog to learn them well and feel comfortable before moving on.

    These online courses utilize discussions, lectures, videos, photos, slides, and written material. You will have ample opportunity for asking questions and learning through feedback.

    You will receive email support and coaching after you register. Monthly, we encourage you to participate in the live virtual sessions and discuss your challenges and successes. And also on a monthly basis, you will receive bonus goodies.

  • What do I need to take a program?

    You will need a computer or laptop with a good internet connection. While not ideal, a smartphone can be used. If you can read this, you are most likely fine!

  • Will my dog be better at the end of a course?

    Typically, over time, most dogs will show a lot of improvement, and some dogs will even exhibit dramatic improvement, but it takes time to affect behavior change.

    Improvement is also contingent on how consistently you work with your dog as well as how long the problem has been happening and the seriousness of it.

    All dogs are different so it would be unrealistic to make predictions or guarantees. However, we have helped hundreds of dogs with different issues including the one you're concerned about and our goal is to help you with yours.

  • What do I do if I need more help than what is offered through the course?

    Our main goal is your success. The course material is very thorough and the lessons are straightforward. In addition, since the courses come with email support, and a supportive Facebook community, and a montly live session with your coaches, you have ample opportunities to get your questions answered.

    If you need more personalized help, you can purchase a virtual online consultation where we can work with you face-to-face in real time. This is at a vastly reduced rate from what you might pay a behavior professional knowledgeable in these advanced topics. (Enrolled students get a special reduced rate that's even lower than that of our regular rates too!)

    For more information, Click on Get Extra Help at the top of the page.