We understand that living with a pet who exhibits challenging behaviors can be stressful. 

We're committed to supporting you and your furry friend on your journey towards a harmonious relationship.

If your dog is

If your cat is

We will

So you can

My mission is to empower you with the knowledge and skills to understand your animal's needs and navigate any obstacles together. 

5 star google review. "Sam has been awesome with our dog Kepler. They've managed to establish great rapport with our pup at her most stressed, works great with her, and their cooperative care methods are going a long way towards making sure Kepler can handle veterinary care. Would absolutely recommend!"

About the Trainer

Wise Whiskers is a queer-owned business. I am Sam Griffin. My pronouns are they/them/theirs. I live in Broomfield, Colorado with my wife and cat Sushi. Featured in the photo on the right is my late cat Charm who is still my best friend and my best teacher as he was medically and behaviorally very challenging.  He is also featured on my arm of cat tattoos. 

If I'm not teaching people about the animals in their lives, I am likely teaching people about queerness and LGBTQ inclusivity, playing indie video games, puzzling or embroidering. 

Amongst all things animal behavior, I am passionate about educating people on queerness and how all systems of oppression are interlocked.   Anti-oppression and animal welfare are connected! (For amazing information on this, follow Ginger and Kassidi  and Rachel Forday). 

Learn more about my services my philosophy and methods, or schedule a time to chat.

Trainer Sam holding a large cat with relaxed body language.


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Certifications and Education

Learn about my certifications: 

CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed): Requires at least 300 hours of hands-on canine behavior modification and behavior consulting on fear, phobias, compulsive behaviors, anxiety and/or aggression. As of December 2022 there were 474 CBCC-KAs worldwide. Learn more here

KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner): Focuses on both knowledge and skills in training dogs and other species. Learn more on the website

Elite Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional Cats and Dogs, Fear Free Certified Professional - Equine: "The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program teaches veterinary healthcare professionals how to eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress for happier patients, more compliant clients, and safer veterinary healthcare teams." Learn more here.


Member of Pet Harmony Mentorship group that offers continuing education, community, and case studies. 

Member of American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) to maintain up to date education on best feline practices. 

Regularly watch and attend Veterinary Behaviorist (AVSAB) webinars and conferences.

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