Rachel Brix, CPDT-KA, is a veteran high school teacher who, inspired by her dog Percy, resigned to pursue a full-time career with dogs. She has been training dogs and people for a combined 20 years.
Rachel has managed two no-kill shelters and has been Lead Trainer at Petco. Along with being a positive reinforcement trainer, Rachel is a long-time vegetarian who went vegan for Veganuary in 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
She is very involved in diverse animal advocacy efforts. In addition to working on the campaign for what eventually became Missouri’s Canine Cruelty Prevention Act and various other dog-related initiatives in the region, she pioneered the first and only city-wide wild animal circus ban in Arkansas that passed in 2015. Rachel also spearheaded the committee that built Carroll County, Arkansas’ first and only dog park in 2014.
Rachel is also a writer and a speaker. She has been published in several issues of The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, and her article on puppy mills and ag-gag laws was nominated for a 2017 Dog Writers Association of America Award. Rachel has given numerous speeches to communities, committees and local governments advocating for improved animal welfare. She also presented a Short at the Annual APDT Conference in 2017 and a seminar at TriDEx this spring.
Along with her membership in APDT, Rachel is also a PPG member and provides shelter consulting, private lessons and group training classes. She and her husband live in northwest Arkansas with their six rescue animals.