Hillary Hayward is the Behavior and Training Manager at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. She grew up in the Wood River Valley and joined the Shelter team when she returned to the area in 2008. She was recently accredited through the CCPDT (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) and now is one of 5 registered CPDT-KA’s in the state of Idaho.
When dogs arrive at the Shelter, Hillary is the primary temperament evaluator, determining what, if any, skills the dogs need to work on to be more adoptable, and what type of home might be the best fit for each animal. She then works to design and implement individual training plans for each dog, utilizing positive reinforcement training. She conducts training classes for the public, works one on one with most of the Shelter dogs, and provides behavioral and training support for those adopting as well as after adoption.
Hillary’s interest in dog training began when she got her pug, Abbey, in 2006 while living in California. She took Abbey to several levels of obedience classes as a puppy and found that she had a natural interest and knack for dog training. The pet training classes offered through the Shelter are one of Hillary’s favorite parts of her job, because she can see improvement in the animals and more confidence in the owners even after one session.
Hillary lives in Bellevue with her husband Chad, her pug, Abbey, her Animal Shelter heeler mix, Darlin’ , Mac, a senior Boston Terrier from the Idaho Falls shelter, and their newest addition Nick, a rescued turtle