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REBECCA LOHNES
BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING MANAGER

 REBECCA_LOHNES_2Rebecca Lohnes grew up on a small cattle farm in Southern Illinois following around her dogs, cats, and cows. It was there and in her father’s veterinary clinic that her love of animal behavior was born. When she arrived at Yale for her undergraduate work there was no option to study domestic animal behavior, so she concentrated on wild animals. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Yale University in 2005.

Before entering graduate school, Rebecca gained field experience with many different taxa and ecosystems. She spent the year monitoring nesting songbirds in the cypress swamps of southern Missouri, teaching park visitors about raptor migration at Grand Canyon National Park, monitoring nesting Golden-Headed Quetzals in the cloud forest of eastern Ecuador, and partnering with private landowners to preserve Mountain Plover nests in agricultural fields in northeastern Colorado.

Rebecca continued her education at Cornell, where she studied the breeding behavior of a poorly-known bird species, the Common Nighthawk. Nighthawks lay their eggs on the ground and their nesting sites are very hard to find. Rebecca trained her dog to help her find nests and subsequently re-discovered that her passion really is for companion animal behavior. During her last year of graduate work, Rebecca shifted focus and began learning all that she could about training, common behavior problems in dogs and cats, and animal sheltering. After graduating with a master’s degree from Cornell, Rebecca served as the Behavior and Training Manager at the SPCA of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY.

“We enjoyed this class very much. Rebecca’s pleasant manner and patience was greatly appreciated. Missy learned a lot, and so did we.”

Currently, Rebecca is the Behavior and Training Manager at Lollypop Farm. She teaches classes and is available for private consultations for both dogs and cats. She believes in using positive reinforcement and force-free methods to enhance the human-animal bond. The training and behavior modification techniques she teaches are based on the science of how animals learn.

Rebecca’s animal family includes Lima an English Setter (the dog that helped her with her graduate work) who loves K9 Nose Work, rolling in the grass, and squeaky tennis balls; and Grumkin a kitten whose favorite activities include clicker training, batting around dried pasta, and purring.


JESSICA PARKER
BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING INSTRUCTOR

JESSICA-PARKER-CROPPED-PICJessica is a licensed veterinary technician, but has always had a special interest in animal behavior. She became involved with Lollypop Farm after taking training classes with one of her dogs. Jessica began volunteering with the behavior department, and is now the newest staff member of the Behavior and Training Department. Jessica has always had a love and passion for animals and grew up with dogs, cats, horses, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets. Jessica’s family includes two dogs, Harley and Dent, as well as cats Fiona and Alvin, and Noah, a horse.

“Belle was very pleased to be with Jessica as well as other dogs. We will continue to work with her!”

 


Brittany Dupra
Behavior and Training Instructor

DupraBrittany has always shown a passion for animals. Whenever possible, she would walk dogs and pet sit for family, friends, and neighbors. Growing up in Fairport, she’s always loved Lollypop Farm — taking trips to visit the animals throughout her childhood. Brittany worked as a kennel attendant at a local animal hospital, and then made her way into a rehabilitation and physical fitness center for dogs and horses, where she learned about physical therapy and rehab. Brittany started at Lollypop Farm as an Adoptions/Admissions Counselor, and transferred into the Behavior Department in January 2015. She has two dogs: a Pointer mix, named Denver who enjoys giving hugs and swimming, and a pit bull named Omaha who likes snuggling under blankets and hiking. When the work is all done and it’s time to play, she enjoys taking her dogs hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and teaching her dogs new and fun tricks.