DogNostics Co-Founder & Faculty Member




Angelica Steinker, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC. 

DogNostics Co-Founder & Faculty Member specializing in Dog Behavior Consulting, Dog Sports, Dog Aggression and Learning Theory.

Angelica is a published author in the field of behavior and agility. Her books, Agility Success: Training and Competing with Your Dog in the Winning Zone and Click and Play Agility, address the handler of the agility team and the use of clicker training techniques in the sport respectively, and emphasize the importance of playing and bonding in order to train agility behaviors to the highest level. Angelica sees agility and other dog sports are a barometer of a dog's life enabling her to assess the dog's quality of life and leveraging dog sport behaviors to make necessary shifts to ultimately bring more joy and fun to dog and owners lives. 

She is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild www.PetProfessionalGuild.com and a founding member of this cutting edge association for science-based trainers and animal professionals. She is also on the Education Committee of Pet Professional Guild and is proud of her contributions to the Pet Professional Accreditation Board in assisting with the creation of the dog training and behavior accreditation programs.  She is the Director of Training for the national licensing group The Dog Smith.

Angelica has also been published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, both of which are peer-reviewed professional journals. She has been published in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Chronicle of the Dog Newsletter, Dog & Handler, Animal Trainer Magazine, Dog Sport Magazine, Dalmatian Quarterly, and Clean Run, the dog agility magazine. She is currently working on a book that addresses the modification of the behavior of aggressive dogs. 

She is a certified dog behavior consultant by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and Applied Animal Behavior Professionals.  She was the first person in Florida to obtain this behavior certification and is the only one to have it with 16 years full time experience. She is a Co-founder and faculty member at DogNostics Career College www.DogNosticsCareerCollege.com and intensely enjoys mentoring future Pet Care Technicians, Dog Trainers and Dog Behavior Consultants. 

Angelica is a sought-after public speaker who has presented at conferences across the country including the famous Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, BARK Agility Camp, and Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo.

Angelica has a Master’s degree in Education, which has served as the foundation for her certifications, ability to communicate with people, and understanding of dog behavior. She enjoys learning about operant and respondent conditioning, at the highest level. Her special interests are aggression, dogs that are difficult to train and problem solving.

Angelica Steinker is also the owner of Courteous Canine, Inc. the #1 Dog Training School in Tampa. Specializing in Obedience, Manners, Agility, Dog Dock Jumping, Lure Coursing, Fun Scent Games & and many other activities.


Current Business Roles

  • Co-Founder DogNostics Career College
  • President Courteous Canine & The DogSmith Tampa
  • Director of Training, The DogSmith License
  • Founding Member and Steering Committee Member for The Pet Professional Guild.
  • Board of Directors Doggone Safe

Business Qualifications

  • M.Ed.  
  • PPAB - PCBC-A
  • CAP2
  • CDBC
  • PDBC

Publications & Speaking Venues
  • Published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior
  • Published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior
  • Advisory Board and instructs at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Published in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog Professional Publication
  • Author of Agility Success: Training and Competing with Your Dog in the Winning Zone
  • Author of Click and Play Agility
  • Event speaker at Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, BARK Agility Camp, and Karen Pryor's Clicker Expo.

 A Sample of Testimonials

“Angelica is one of my all-time favorite trainers.  Crafty, patient, humane and, most of all, devoted to making training fun for both the humans and the dogs.” 

~Jean Donaldson, World-Renowned Dog Trainer

Author of “Culture Clash”

“Angelica Steinker and her company, Courteous Canine, are leaders in the field of modern dog training, using positive methods based in the science of behavior and learning - the only training approach used in the 21st century by qualified professional trainers.”

~Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Peaceable Paws LLC, Fairplay, MD


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