About Andrea Harrison
Teacher, Writer, Thought Facilitator
At heart I am an educator who is passionate about all species, including dogs, humans and horses. Animals have had a critical role in my life and I was an early convert to positive training for people and animals.
I do what I can to spread this message – including courses, webinars, my blog, podcasts and media!
Thanks to fostering and rescue work I have had many opportunities to work with many species including dogs and horses of all breeds, sizes, and temperament types.
I’ve worked as an educator since I was 18, with a wide variety of people and animals. This led me to explore the science of brain research and I’ve combined that with my diverse training in counselling, personality typing, and experiences.
Together, it has allowed me to help people of all ages be successful planning, competing, reducing anxiety and stress using a wide variety of methods and tools.
Differentiating learning experiences for my students of all species has always been a priority — while we have many similarities we truly are all unique and a tool that works well for me might not work for you. And that’s OK. Really!
I know lots of strategies and many ways to experiment and discover what your ultimate toolbox should hold. Being our best selves is HARD work, but so very worth the investment.
My personal current addictions are agility and dressage. The dogs here have earned many titles with placements in Regional and National competitions over the years.
Our borderless collie Sally was the canine lead in the film “Saving Dinah” and I had the fun of being the the animal talent coordinator for the film. Ask me about Zoboomafoo or the Pet Project too — animal wrangling is hard work but makes for great stories!!
I look forward to working with you — and helping you love the one you are more than you thought possible.
Animals Rescued Since 2016
Recent articles published
There are a great number of people without whom my work wouldn’t be possible.
Special thanks to the many wonderful photographers who have generously allowed me to use their amazing photos in a variety of places in my blog, articles, courses, and here – Len Sylvester; Karen Whitfield; Linda Shantz; and Sue Whittaker.
“Andrea has helped me work through a number of relationship issues. With her gentle guidance, I was able to disentangle my thoughts and feelings.
Her Socratic approach helped me come up with solutions myself, which is much more empowering than being told what to do.
Most importantly, Andrea created a safe space where it was impossible to say, think or feel the wrong thing. The fact that she got the dog-related aspects of my struggles made a big difference as well.”
– Chrissi S.
I help handlers and their animal companions find the joy in training and competing together... and being the best they can be!
Whether you struggle with mental prep, planning, goal setting, or something else, together we will get your sails set the direction you want to go.