About


About Sam Griffin CBCC-KA, KPA-CTP (they/them/theirs)

Prior to officially entering the animal behavior world, I earned a degree in music and gender studies. I teach animal professionals about LGBTQ+ inclusivity as a wonderful comination of my knowledge. 

I have worked as a veterinary assistant in veterinary emergency, in shelters in the foster and behavior departments, and with a Veterinary Behaviorist as a behavior therapist focused on behavior modification for challenging behaviors.   In each of these fields, I prioritize the human-animal bond while increasing both humans' and animals' joy and confidence.  

Most of my experience is in working with cats and dogs with fear and anxiety, animal and/or human-directed aggression, separation-related behaviors, compulsive behaviors, and pet-to-pet conflict. 

Based in traditional land of the Arapaho, Ute, Cheyenne, and Lakota People (Denver, CO). Happy to offer virtual consults anywhere! 

Sam wearing a hat working with a grey fox in the snow

Contact me to enjoy your best friend again.


Philosophy 

Wise Whiskers Training, LLC always utilizes the most ethical and humane methods. I use force-free and science-based methods. I follow the LIMA humane hierarchy and the newer LIFE framework. This involves addressing the whole animal and their needs, setting them up for success and utilizing positive reinforcement. Not only are these methods the most ethical, the most effective and the most humane, but also they help improve animal's wellbeing and joy.

My goal is always to provide humans with relief from living with animals who have challenging behaviors while addressing the animal's needs. My methods work to have long-lasting effects so you and your animals can live together happily. 

It is unethical and impossible to guarantee results because every animal is different and behavior modification takes time and there are many other factors at play. However, I have years of success helping animals and their humans live together with increased happiness and safety.


Does this all work for behaviors like biting, growling, lunging, escaping, trembling, escaping, etc? 

Yes! Most of my experience is working with maladpative behaviors, aggressive behaviors, anxiety, and fear. 

With what animals does this work? 

All! I have experience working with dogs, cats, chickens, goats, horses, donkeys, hand-raised wolves, grey and red foxes, bison, and humans!