Julia Holbert



After thirty years of owning and training horses, dogs, and other species, I decided to turn my
passion for animals and keen interest in behavior towards a new career.

The spark for this career change was my introduction to positive reinforcement training.  
Based on the science of animal learning, the techniques are force-free, pain-free,
intimidation- and coercion-free, and produce long-lasting, effective, and measurable changes
in behavior.  When you “train with your brain, not pain” dogs want to do the behaviors you’re
after and the techniques build trust and forge strong bonds between the trainer and dog.

I use humane, positive methods in classes, private lessons, and day training settings for both
dogs and their human families.  We welcome all breeds and ages of dog.  Our services
offered include:

        puppy life skills training
        basic obedience and manners
        housetraining – both puppies and adult learners
        walking nicely on leash
        coming when called
        reading your dog’s body language
        behavior problems and their modification

Memberships and Affiliations

I have a strong commitment to continuing my education and am studying under the
mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, considered in
the applied dog behavior world as the “Harvard for dog trainers".  My affiliation with the
Academy provides me the resource of many of the best trainers around the world.

I am also a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and so committed to force-free, non-
invasive, and non-harmful training and pet care philosophies, practices, and methods.  

Doggone Safe is a non-profit organization that promotes education initiatives to prevent dog
bites, increase child safety around dogs, and provide support for dog bite victims.  The
innovative “Be A Tree” program uses large format photographs and interactive games to
teach children how to read a dog’s body language and how to act safely around dogs.  As a
member of Doggone Safe, I offer such presentations geared for groups of school age
children.

I currently share my home with four dogs: two mixed breed shelter rescues, a senior Jack
Russell Terrier, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback performance dog with whom I train and compete
in agility and conformation.

For their guidance and inspiration, much gratitude goes to:
- Jean Donaldson, The Academy for Dog Trainers
- Janice Koler-Matznick, MS, ACAAB, Kandu Rhodesian Ridgebacks
- Stephanie Morris, Desert Sage Agility
Julia Holbert
Julia Holbert
404-996-8900
DESERT SAGE AGILITY   541-633-6774   
© Desert Sage Agility 2006 - 2014