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Vivian Zottola MS, CBCC, CSAT,


Research Associate

Vivian Zottola is an applied Anthrozoologist and avid student of canine science with advanced certifications in dog training and behavior. She specializes in the prevention and resolution of relationship challenges between humans and canines.  Over the past 10 years Vivian has successfully worked with hundreds of dogs (and their people) to improve their lives together. In circumstances when training is limited she collaborates with Veterinarians, CAABs and Veterinary Behaviorists to help dogs improve their learning potential.

Vivian is skilled at teaching dogs of all ages (and their owners) simple yet effective management strategies and training techniques which quickly resonate into lifestyle changes. Her Anthrozoological perspective and CCPDT certified positive reinforcement training approach is rooted in modern science and supported by current research.  When working with Vivian expect to learn all about the "world of the dog" and develop an enhanced understanding about a dog's rich and unique perspective of the world. 

Vivian is presently enrolled in Canisius College Anthrozoology (MS) graduate school in order to glean a deeper and critical understanding of humanity's relationship with other species.  A major emphasis of the program is given to an examination of science based knowledge about our fellow living beings. Historical, ethical, legal, psychological and animal abuse and indifference is explored. She also volunteers as a research associate with the Center for Canine Behavior Studies, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non profit lead by world renown Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, DACVB.

Vivian has earned a host of animal behavior and training certifications over the years including a certificate of excellence for completing, Living and Learning with Animals, a comprehensive course focusing on Functional and Applied Behavior Analysis applied to animals. She has also twice completed the Case-Based Approach to Applied Behavioral Medicine course, lead by Vet Behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall PhD, DACVB. 

​Vivian and her husband presently live in Waltham, MA caring for her elderly mother, (mama Maria), senior dogs Jimmy Choo, sister Stella and rescue smarty pants boy George. 

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