Adria Karlsson

Adria Karlsson

Adria Karlsson is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Cat Behavior Consultant.  She works with a wide variety of dog and cat behaviors- everything from basic manners to extreme aggression using procedures consistent with a "least invasive minimally aversive" philosophy.  This means that she primarily use positive reinforcement for all her training and avoids any harm- physically or psychologically- to the dogs she trains. At home, she spends time with her own two ridiculous mutts, enjoys the company of two tabby cats, and is a raising four small humans with a very, very understanding husband.


  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC
  • Formerly Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) 

Professional Experience

  • Dog Behavior Consultant, Dog Willing, Cambridge, MA, May 2012 – Present
  • Mentor for the IAABC Principles and Practice Course, December 2015 - Present
  • Dog Trainer, MSPCA, Boston, MA, October 2010 – December 2012
  • Assistant Trainer, MSPCA, Boston, MA, November 2009 – September 2010
  • Assistant Trainer, Emma Parsons’ Reactive Dog Class, Franklin, MA, November 2009 – September 2010

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Certified Member
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Professional Member


  • Ed.S. in Behavior Analysis, 2012, Simmons College, Boston, MA
  • M.A.T. in Elementary Education, 2006, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • B.A. in Cognitive Science and B.A. in Linguistics, 2005, Rice University, Houston, TX

Relevant Professional Development

  • International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Annual Conference, April 2017
  • IAABC Principles and Practice Course (12 weeks) -- 2016
  • International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Annual Conference -- April 2016
  • Staying Safe in Aggression Cases Workshop with Michael Shikashio --  January 2016
  • Natural Encounters: Contemporary Animal Training and Management, 1 week workshop  with Susan Friedman and Steve Martin -- October 2015
  • International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Annual Conference -- April 2015
  • TagTeach Primary Certification Workshop and Seminar with Theresa McKeon -- October 2014
  • APDT Annual Conference -- October, 2014
  • Dog-Dog Group Dynamics with Sue Sternberg -- July, 2014
  • Kids and Dogs: Pitfalls and Potentials with Colleen Pelar and Jennifer Shryock -- September, 2013
  • Puppy Start Right course with Debbie Martin -- Fall, 2013
  • Living and Learning with Animals course with Susan Friedman -- Fall, 2013
  • Association of Behavior Analysts International 2013 Conference (ABAI) -- May 2013
  • ClickerExpo in Stamford, CT -- March 2013
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants 2013 Conference (IAABC) --  April 2013
  • Click to Calm presented by Emma Parsons
  • Dog Behavior, Medicine, and Training presented by Ian Dunbar and Nicholas Dodman
  • Improve your “I-Cue”: Learn the Science of Signals presented by Kathy Sdao
  • Teaching a Reactive Dog Class presented by Emma Parsons
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