Lara Joseph has had a lifelong interest in communications and the care of animals under human care. These passions lead to her bachelor’s degree in documentary film-making with the intentions of aiding in the production of wildlife documentaries. Her passion has evolved to focusing on the reinforcers of animal behavior in human care. She dedicates her time and studies to behavior and behavior modification techniques using positive reinforcement interaction and her continuing education of master’s classes in applied behavior analysis.
Lara lives in Ohio where she owns and operates The Animal Behavior Center, an animal behavior and training facility based on teaching people how to train, force-free through empowering the animal and creating strong, reliable, trust-building relationships using positive reinforcement and applications in behavior analysis. She travels, lectures, consults, and presents workshops nationally and internationally on behavior, behavior change, positive reinforcement training, and enrichment. She has served on the board at Nature’s Nursery, a wildlife rehabilitation center where she has and currently serves as Director of Training for the animal division. She enjoys working with such organizations as Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, animal shelters across the nation, and The Indonesian Parrot Project, where she also sits on the advisory board.
Lara is a professional member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance and the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. She writes many articles for journals such as The Pet Professional Guild, The American Federation of Aviculture, and is a guest blogger for Deaf Dogs Rock and My Safe Bird Store, and writes for several periodicals on behavior. Lara’s lectures and presentations have taken her many places including The Philadelphia Zoo, The Ohio State University’s Exotic Veterinarians Club, Wheaton College Division of Applied Behavior Analysis, The International Wildlife Rehabilitators Conference, and the Association for Avian Veterinarians.
As a future veterinary behaviorist, I aspire to reach Lara's level of finesse, expertise, and thoughtfulness in every aspect of animal training and husbandry. She is truly in it for the animals."