About Leea & Julie
Leea Foran, CDBC, CPDT-KA established Foranimals, LLC in 1996 in response to the growing needs of dog and cat owners for quality, dependable training and personalized support for problem behavior.
Leea is a long-standing member of the premier training organizations-the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and has earned the titles of Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2001 (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant in 2008 (CDBC). She has also been a Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Level II since 1996. Leea is the only trainer in Western Mass. to have completed the Instructor Training Course and the Advanced Instructor Training Course. Both are intensive trainings, highly respected in the professional dog training world.
Leea is a mentor for new trainers through the Animal Behavior College, Inc.; a Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator with the American Kennel Club; and an American Red Cross Pet First Aid Instructor. She has years of experience as a veterinary technician and holds a degree in Animal Behavior from Ohio State University. She has studied with many of the leading professionals in the field, such as Karen Pryor, Kathy Sdao, Ken Ramirez and Linda Tellington-Jones and is committed to ongoing education and training to enhance her knowledge and skills.
Because training dogs is also about training their humans and supporting stronger relationships, Leea brings to her group classes, workshops and private training 25 years of experience as a personal growth educator and counselor at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her compassion for dogs and cats leads her to volunteer her time as a consultant to local rescue groups and shelters helping nervous and fearful animals find forever homes. Leea's guiding principle for Foranimals is to deepen the understanding and bond between people and animals through positive, respectful treatment and training.
Leea shares her home life with her husband and 2 Labrador Retrievers.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
- Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- K9to5 Therapy Dog Registry
- TTEAM Training and Animal Ambassadors International
- American Kennel Club
- American Red Cross
- Animal Behavior College, Inc.
Leea and all assistants working with her are insured.
Julie Giansiracusa has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. After volunteering at the local animal shelters, she made the decision to become a certified dog trainer. Her goal is to give dog owners the skills and building blocks they need to have a wonderful relationship with their dogs, using positive reinforcement techniques, fun and respect. She has completed the first phase of training at the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and has her certificate in dog training.
Julie is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and she is currently working towards her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) certification. She is an American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and is certified in Pet First Aid. Julie also works as a Medical Biller in North Adams, MA and helps her two young adults and numerous companion animals navigate life. Julie has been mentored by Leea Foran for over 3 years and has been held to those very high standards of dog training.