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Rebecca Lohnes, MS, CDBC
Behavior and Training Manager
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
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Rebecca 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. She attended Yale University and continued to expand her knowledge of animals during her undergraduate degree – focusing specifically on ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Yale in 2005.

Before entering graduate school, Rebecca worked as a field biologist and went on many adventures! 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 University, 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, Lima, 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.”

Rebecca has been the Behavior and Training Manager at Lollypop Farm since 2011. 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 is a certified dog behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also guest lectures at Cornell Vet School.

Rebecca’s animal family includes Lima an English Setter who loves K9 Nose Work, rolling in the grass, and squeaky tennis balls; Grumkin a black cat whose favorite activities include trick training, making biscuits, and being sassy; and Johnny a flame point Siamese who enjoys wand toys, sunshine, and being chatty. Both cats Lollypop Farm alumni and originally came home as foster kittens (who just never left!)


Brittany Dupra, CPDT-KA
Behavior and Training Instructor

DupraBrittany 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- taking trips to visit the animals throughout her childhood. Starting off, Brittany worked 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. 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. Always having an interest in animal behavior, Brittany transferred into the Behavior Department in January of 2015. 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.

 


Alex Ferrente, CPDT-KA
Behavior and Training Instructor

AlexAlex grew up fascinated by all nonhuman animals, but especially those found in the ocean. She graduated from Canisius College in May of 2015 with a B.S. in Animal Behavior, Ecology, & Conservation; and Biology. During her 4 years there, she conducted behavioral research on a collection of captive beluga whales at an aquarium near her school. Starting in the summer before her senior year, she landed a position training those same belugas, where she got to put her knowledge of operant conditioning using positive reinforcement to use.

After graduating that year, she drove across the country to a small island in the state of Washington to work as a naturalist on a whale watch boat. There, she encountered wild orcas, humpback whales and more on a daily basis. In her free time there, she volunteered at the local animal shelter and realized her passion for working with shelter animals. She continued with that outdoor company for two years before accepting a position in the Behavior department here at Lollypop Farm and moving back to New York. Alex is excited about being a part of such an incredible organization and working with so many others that are committed to making a difference using positive reinforcement.

 


Greg Fiete, KPA CTP
Behavior and Training Instructor

GregGreg has spent his entire life among animals, starting with a border collie named Casan. The list only grew from there: more dogs, fish, frogs, turtles, guinea pigs, a cat, gerbils, and even a prairie dog. He has been working with animals for many years, beginning by shadowing veterinarians at the age of 15. In 2012, he began studying Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College. It was here that he first practiced marker training by teaching rats to run through obstacle courses. Three years later he graduated and got a job at a boarding facility in Avon, NY. During that time, he attended the Karen Pryor Academy along with his corgi, Scamp, to become a certified professional dog trainer. After he and Scamp earned a perfect score on their final assessment, he began teaching private lessons both at work as well as in his free time for family and friends. In the summer of 2017, Greg was hired at Lollypop Farm as an adoption counselor, and only a few months later transferred into the behavior department. Greg currently lives with his cat Molly.