Dr. Suzanne Johnson has loved animals, and in particular dogs, since she was a young girl growing up on farms in West Virginia and Virginia. She has worked as a wildlife rehabilitator and animal rescuer, and has owned and taught more than two-dozen dogs, cats, ferrets ... even a parrot. She earned her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in Psychology, all from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. She has taught at VCU and was also an Instructor for several years at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, in Reynolds' Animal Care program.
Dr. Johnson was a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who practiced in the Virginia, Maryland and the Washington D.C. areas, dealing with hundreds of dogs and cats and their owners. She has lectured on cat behavior at the Smithsonian Institution, among other presentations, and has led discussions, lectured, presented papers and spoken on the field of animal behavior at conferences, professional meetings and colleges throughout the United States. Dr. Johnson has also served as an expert witness and professional consultant in several civil and criminal trials having to do with animal behavior.
She is now retired but her passion remains, teaching animals, especially dogs, in a way that reflects her passion, teaching animals, especially dogs, in a way that respects, retains and affirms their loving, playful and happy natures. Veterinarians and breeders have instructed their clients on Dr. Johnson's proven methods. Today, she lives in the country with an 11-pound Ragdoll cat who has what Dr. Johnson calls a "cattitude" - cat with an attitude. But Dr. Johnson's methods work like magic on him, too!