Behavior & Training Team

 

Brittany Smith, CPDT-KA
Behavior and Training Supervisor

BrittanyBrittany has always shown a passion for animals. Whenever possible, she would dog walk and pet sit for family, friends, and neighbors. Growing up right in Fairport, she’s always loved Lollypop Farm, often taking trips to visit the animals throughout her childhood. Brittany started working as a kennel attendant at a local animal hospital. After that, she made her way into a rehabilitation and physical fitness center for dogs and horses, where she learned about physical therapy and rehab.

Brittany started out at Lollypop Farm as an Adoptions/Admissions Counselor in July of 2014. Always having an interest in animal behavior, Brittany transferred into the Behavior Department in January of 2015 and has continued her knowledge of animal behavior by becoming a certified professional dog trainer through CCPDT, a CGC evaluator through AKC, and attending many conferences and workshops focused on refining force-free training skills and enhancing the human-animal bond. Brittany lives with her husband, two pit bull mixes: Denver and Omaha and her black Lab, Chandler. You may catch Denver demoing in a class or assisting in a training session! When the work is all done and it’s time to play, she enjoys horseback riding, fishing, and taking her dogs hiking.

“We had a wonderful training experience over the last several months with Brittany. We appreciated all of her hard work and guidance. Finn loved coming to Lollypop each week and we look forward to our next session with Brittany”

Kari LaBounty
Behavior and Training Instructor

KariKari grew up with an immediate love for animals. At home she had cats, hamsters, and bunnies, and was always helping her grandfather with his dogs and raising pheasants down the street. Through grade school, she rode and competed in the Quarter horse circuit for many years with her own horse Elmo. In high school, she also volunteered at the Seneca Park Zoo. After college, Kari decided she still wanted to pursue her love of animals and started working at Lollypop Farm in 2008. This was originally supposed to temporary, but here she is 10 years later! Kari has taken on many roles at the shelter, starting as an admission/adoption counselor, supervisor, and foster/rescue coordinator. Kari also worked as an Animal Control Officer for the City of Rochester, which gave her a lot of experience educating the public while handling both domestic and wild animals. Kari welcomed a baby girl into her family when she made the move back to Lollypop Farm, and started working part-time in the Behavior Department. She discovered her love for training, positive reinforcement, and behavior modification with the animals in the shelter. Kari has two dogs: Rocko a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix, Otter a French Bulldog and three cats Purdy, Sweetie and Tobey.