our team

 

What makes Coventry special? Our amazing staff of dedicated professionals! Our staff are completing degrees in Animal Behavior, Psychology, Biology and Zoology. Some are Veterinary Technicians, successful competitors in various dog and horse sports and others have cross-species experience. All of them are dedicated to loving and caring for your dog!

Our Senior training staff has extensive hands-on experience in training, evaluating and modifying canine behavioral problems. Additionally, they possess years of formal education. Members of, and certified through, nationally-recognized organizations, ourBehavior Counselors are skilled in problems ranging from fear and anxiety to aggression. They hold Graduate Certificates in the Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation from CUNY’s Hunter College.


Why is Coventry training different? Because we have the most educated and skilled professionals on our team. Our high standards for our trainers is unparalleled. Our trainers have accreditations from nationally known and accredited institutions. Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer but at Coventry, we prove it! Our proven curriculum is recommended by Veterinarians, who bring their own dogs to us!

 

Elisabeth Catalano, M.A., CPDT, CDBC (“Liz’) 

is a professional dog trainer and a behavior counselor with over 18 years of experience in dealing with canine behavior problems. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and a Graduate Certificate in The Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation from CUNY’s Hunter College. 


Liz is the Director of Behavior and Training and co-owner of The Coventry School, Inc., for Dogs and Their People since 2012. Liz’s passion is to help owners understand their dog’s behavior and strengthen the human-dog bond.


Liz is skilled in behavior modification techniques and in using applied behavior analysis. She is committed to providing scientifically-based animal training to her clients and using positive reinforcement methods. Liz works closely with, and is recommended by, Veterinarians and Veterinary Behaviorists to develop treatment plans that address severe behavior problems including aggression, fear/anxiety and compulsive disorders. In addition to training dogs and their people, Liz has extensive experience in providing instruction to trainers on learning theory, ethology, instruction skills, classroom management, and dog handling.

Dedicated to continuing education, Liz routinely attends seminars, workshops and intensive study programs to enhance her knowledge and increase her skill. She completed five operant conditioning workshops and has mentored with the internationally known trainer Bob Bailey and was privileged and honored to have co-taught two seminars with him. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and The Animal Behavior Society (ABS).

Liz develops curriculum and instructs group classes from Puppy Kindergarten through Advanced and specialty classes, including ones that address dog-to-dog aggression. She is a regular contributing writer to Maryland Dog Magazine. She has also been published in APDT’s Chronicle of the Dog, a peer review journal on the special considerations in training a deaf dog,“Pet Parent” magazine, and appeared on NJ’s local Channel 12’s “Pet Stop”. 

Liz was a featured speaker at the 2011 Hunter College Psychology Symposium and at the 2012 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Educational Conference.
Liz’s own dogs are trained as a classroom demonstration dogs, are Certified Therapy Dogs, have earned titles in agility, obedience, nosework and tricks. They have appeared in books, calendars, commercials, fundraising campaigns and nationally-released training videos. When not training dogs, she is an amateur photographer. She has enjoyed the company of multiple canine companions for many years and currently shares her life with her husband and their five deaf Australian Shepherds.

 

Jennifer "Jen” Boyd-Morin, B.S., CPDT-KA 

Is a skilled dog trainer and behavior counselor with over 10 years of experience working with dogs. Jen has a BS in Biology and when she is not training
dogs she is conducting statistical analyses on cancer research data.
An educational background in science helped Jen appreciate that dog training is, at its core, an applied science. Her belief that the basic understanding of how animals learn and possessing the
skills to train effectively, are the keys to having a loving, cooperative and rewarding relationship with your dog, makes her an asset to Coventry. She is committed to passing on that knowledge to
her students in a clear and engaging way.


Jen has always had a love of animals, but became more focused on animal - particularly pet dog -training in 2002 when she became involved in greyhound rescue. She spent more than 10 years
volunteering with her local greyhound rescue group, fostering over 60 dogs and helping to develop and implement the group’s foster and training & behavior programs, and ultimately sat on the board as a member for several years. She has since also volunteered her time with the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter and local rescue group, PAW (Partnership for Animal Welfare).


After educating herself about dog training through extensive reading, attending continuing education seminars along the East coast and attending the Animal Behavior Management Association’s annual  conference in 2010, Jen decided to pursue a more formal education in dog training so that she could share her knowledge of and passion for rewardbased training through teaching classes.


She has since graduated at the top of her class from the 6-day Dog Behavior And Training Academy taught by Pat Miller at Peaceable Paws, as well as completed 3 intensive operant conditioning chicken
workshops led by learning & behavior expert Parvene Farhoody and world-renowned animal trainer Bob Bailey, where she solidified her
understanding of learning theory and fine-tuned her hands on training skills.

When she’s not teaching classes at Coventry or working at her full time job as a statistical analyst, Jen can be found spending time outdoors, reading the newest book on canine learning theory, or hiking, playing, or training for agility & nosework with her greyhound, Violet and her mixed breed, Skye.

Stephanie Berry, B.A., CPDT-KA, CNWI 
Has been a dog trainer at The Coventry School, Inc. for Dogs and Their People since 2009. 

She has over 15 years of animal instruction experience; initially teaching, training, and coaching horses and riders before shifting her focus to dogs. Stephanie focuses on providing a welcoming, fun, and effective training environment for all of her students, both human and canine. She trains using a scientifically-based approach proven to change behavior and is committed to the use of positive reinforcement methods with an emphasis on building a strong relationship between dog and handler. 

Stephanie has experience working with sport dogs, assistance dogs, aggressive dogs, and pet dogs. Stephanie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed® (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI™). She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the National Association of Canine Scent Work® (NACSW). She values ongoing education and
attends many seminars and workshops given by leaders in the fields of animal training, operant and classical conditioning, and positive reinforcement techniques. 

Stephanie currently shares her life with her husband and their
two dogs, a rescued Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever/
Hound mix and an English Springer Spaniel. She competes
with her dogs in K9 Nose Work, has achieved multiple titles
and is competing for elite status. She has trained in multiple
dog sports, including rally obedience and agility.


Jackie Moyano, BS, CPDT-KA 

Transitioned careers from a respiratory therapist to dog training. In addition to caring for patients, she also
taught both patients and respiratory therapy students. Jackie's medical teaching experience lends itself to teaching people how to
train their dogs. Jackie's dog training education includes completing
3 of Pat Miller's academies, attending Ken Ramirez' Animal Training
Seminar at SHEDD Aquarium, attending Sue Sternberg's Eden Internship working with sled dogs, along with completing all 5 of the Bailey-Farhoody chicken workshops where Jackie learned animal training science and practiced training skills with chickens. Jackie's
training partners are her Siamese cat and her terrier mix. Jackie and her terrier mix currently practice competition obedience and compete in Nosework.