About Amy

Amy Cook is founder and creator of The Play Way, as well as author of an upcoming book about The Play Way.

Amy Cook, Ph.D.

Founder, Creator

Amy is the founder and creator of the Play Way. She has been training dogs for nearly 25 years, and has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 15 years.

Amy is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a longstanding professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation.

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ.

25 Years Experience

Amy has been training dogs for nearly 25 years and has specialized in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 15 years.

Ph.D. from UC Berkeley

Amy returned to school in 2006 for her PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she researched the dog-human relationship.

Online Classes

Amy offers online classes, including Management for Reactive Dogs, and Dealing with the Bogeyman: Helping fearful, reactive, and stressed dogs.

Private Lessons

Amy also offers private lessons in Oakland, California where she helps dogs learn the skills they need to survive and thrive in the human world.

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

If you are interested in working together, send Amy an email — she’ll get back to you as soon as she can!

Contact Amy