pasted image 146x167Lara Joseph has had a lifelong interest in communications and the care of animals under human care. These passions lead to her bachelor’s degree in documentary film-making with the intentions of aiding in the production of wildlife documentaries. Her passion has evolved to focusing on the reinforcers of animal behavior in human care. She dedicates her time and studies to behavior and behavior modification techniques using positive reinforcement interaction and her continuing education of master’s classes in applied behavior analysis.

Lara lives in Ohio where she owns and operates The Animal Behavior Center, an animal behavior and training facility based on teaching people how to train, force-free through empowering the animal and creating strong, reliable, trust-building relationships using positive reinforcement and applications in behavior analysis. She travels, lectures, consults, and presents workshops nationally and internationally on behavior, behavior change, positive reinforcement training, and enrichment. She has served on the board at Nature’s Nursery, a wildlife rehabilitation center where she has and currently serves as Director of Training for the animal division. She enjoys working with such organizations as Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, animal shelters across the nation, and The Indonesian Parrot Project, where she also sits on the advisory board.

Lara is a professional member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance and the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. She writes many articles for journals such as The Pet Professional Guild, The American Federation of Aviculture, and is a guest blogger for Deaf Dogs Rock and My Safe Bird Store, and writes for several periodicals on behavior. Lara’s lectures and presentations have taken her many places including The Philadelphia Zoo, The Ohio State University’s Exotic Veterinarians Club, Wheaton College Division of Applied Behavior Analysis, The International Wildlife Rehabilitators Conference, and the Association for Avian Veterinarians.


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The Animal Behavior Center
"Visiting The Animal Behavior Center was like a breath of fresh air. Her passion and dedication for providing outstanding care to her animals was reflected in literally every inch of her center. Without a doubt, she has gone above and beyond to ensure that her animals are never without both mental and physical enrichment. The level of care that she provides for her animals should be the standard. While I was at the center, I had the privilege of watching Lara train her animals and mine and it is clear that she is an exceptionally talented trainer. Every interaction she has with her animals, formal training session or not, is flexible and focused on creating an environment in which they are comfortable and empowered.
As a future veterinary behaviorist, I aspire to reach Lara's level of finesse, expertise, and thoughtfulness in every aspect of animal training and husbandry. She is truly in it for the animals."