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About PBC

Pet Behavior Consulting, LLC is based out of Belchertown, MA.  Elise Gouge, Master Trainer, and her staff work with clients throughout western Massachusetts, including Granby, Belchertown, Hadley, Amherst, Palmer, Ludlow, Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield and also in northern CT. 

To reach Elise or one of her staff by phone, please call or text (413) 230-9873 or email PBC at! Email is the fastest way to get in touch.

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Me and Kai in 2013

About Elise Gouge, Master Trainer

My ongoing commitment is to improve the relationships between people and their pets. I embrace the knowledge of operant and classical conditioning as well as the dynamics that affect a person and their pet, and I am able to teach new behaviors and change old ones.

Initially, I began my professional career in social services working with children and their families. For many years I worked extensively with families in a clinical capacity. I successfully worked with them to find ways to live together in harmony and without stress.

Then, in 2004, armed with years of clinical expertise, I began working with pets and their people full time. I studied dog behavior with some of the best trainers in the world and participated in every training seminar I could find.

Formerly, I managed training and behavior programs in shelters and doggy day-cares, trained animals ranging from primates to horses to domestic pets, mentored trainers, presented at national conferences and universities on animal behavior. Currently, in addition to running PBC, I also compete in various dog sports including. Check out some of my media appearances on Animal Cops: Houston!

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In 2008, Houston.

My Bachelors Degree is in Psychology and I have a Masters Degree in Community Health Education. Due to my commitment to education, I continually attend seminars around the country. Additionally, I have completed graduate level university coursework in Applied Animal Behavior.

I am a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  The APDT is the leading organization for setting standards for professional dog trainers. It is the only organization that offers standardized testing for trainers.

Through the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants I am a Certified Dog and Cat Behavior Consultant (CABC). Formerly, I was the Vice President on their Board of Directors. I was licensed as a Dogs & Storks presenter and am a Canine Good Citizen evaluator through the American Kennel Club.

Due to my commitment to helping unwanted border collies find homes, I have volunteered for over ten years with various organizations. In 2016, I joined the Board of Directors for New England Border Collie Rescue. Also, I serve as a consultant for a national pet supplier (PetEdge) and our local shelter, Dakin Humane.

I have extensive experience in the temperament evaluation of animals and how to train others in learning the same skills.  Additionally, I am insured, bonded, and endorsed by local veterinarians and shelters.

For a complete CV, please visit my LinkedIn page or request one to be sent to you.



dog and cat training and behavior services


dog and cat training and behavior services