Dr. Nitschke was a founding member and board member of the national Association of Pet Dog Trainers and served on the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She provides consultation nationally on animal behavior and pet training.
Nitschke directs the Owner Trained Individualized Service (OTIS) Dog program, which provides behavior modification training to service animal teams. She is certified as a professional dog trainer (CPDT) and applied animal behaviorist by the Animal Behavior Society (CAAB).
Her research and outreach focuses on animal behavior, the animal-human bond, fear and anxiety behaviors in pets, and service dogs.
Nitschke is a professor in the psychology department at Linfield College.
Nadene LeCheminant, Media Relations