Teah Anders founded Gentle Touch Pet Training in 1999 and has successfully taught thousands of people the clicker training method. In 2008, Teah published a comprehensive dog training book entitled, “Click ‘n Connect: Training Your Dog a Lifelong Journey.”
Teah is a Certified Mental Management Instructor (Level III) through Mental Management Systems in Texas. She travels the US sharing Mental Management concepts with clients who compete in dog sports helping them perform at an optimal level, consistently under pressure. She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of K9 Scent Work and a NACSW Certifying Official (CO) for trials. She is a frequent NACSW Trial Host and has had the pleasure of teaching at several NACSW/Dogs of Course NW Camps. She is also a CO and judge for Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs). She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Teah has also earned a CAP2 (Competency Assessment Program – Level 2) certification through Kay Laurence’s Learning About Dogs organization in the UK. She has been a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator through the American Kennel Club since 2004.
Currently Teah teaches puppy, elementary and intermediate clicker training classes at her facility. She has developed and teaches a Feisty Fido’s class for reactive dogs. She also teaches classes in her favorite sport K9 Nose Work. In addition, Teah does private in-home training and behavioral consultations.
In her free time, Teah enjoys several dog sports with her dogs including K9 Nose Work, Musical Canine Freestyle and Conformation. She is currently competing in Nose Work with two of her dogs, Shamie, an English Cocker at the Elite level and Dipity, a Pug, is just starting in NW. In the past, Teah has competed in Musical Canine Freestyle with her Pug, Hally, who is the first Pug to earn both beginning and novice titles through the World Canine Freestyle Organization. Teah and Hally, also certified through Therapy Dog’s International, and had great fun cheering folks up in visits to elderly care facilities.
Teah believes that continuing education is a priority. She attends seminars around the country on many topics related to dog training, dog sports and dog behavior. In recent years, several highlights include many Nose Work Seminars offered through NACSW, Mental Management System training with Lanny Bassham, the Animal Training Program at Shedd Aquarium with Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos, APDT Conferences, Bob Bailey’s Chicken Camp and many more. She also hosts seminars bringing world-class trainers such as Kay Laurence, Steve and Jen White, Ken Ramirez, Patricia McConnell, Pat Miller and Kathy Sdao to California’s Central Coast.
Teah holds a B.S. degree in business and an M.A. degree in Natural Resources Policy, Communications and Management. Although Teah originally learned clicker training in 1989, it was when she made the move to California that she had the opportunity to move from the corporate arena, where she worked with environmental issues, to help people live happier lives with their dogs. Teah lives with her husband, Chuck, six dogs and two llamas in Arroyo Grande, CA.