Meet the Wiggle Butt Team
Alexis Middleton, BS, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CPPS, Pet-Tech CPR/First Aid
Alexis was born and raised in Killeen, Texas and has always had a love for animals. She always had a family dog but knew she wanted her own as an adult. Alexis graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology in May of 2021.
She started in dog training in 2019 as a volunteer for a service dog organization as a puppy raiser. She volunteered with Patriot Paws for 2 years before talking with the founder to start her training career after earning her Zoology degree. While with Patriot Paws, she worked with Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and mixes of the three ranging in ages of 8 weeks to 3 years old.
This experience built her passion for dog training. Alexis adopted a labradoodle from the service dog organization - she started puppy raising him in December of 2020 and it took no time to fall in love with his goofiness. When he was released from training, she was first in line to make sure he came home with her. Alexis’ dog, Prowler, helps Wiggle Butt Academy dogs build play skills.
Alexis continues to work with service dogs, puppies, adolescents and adult dogs and their families. She is instrumental in helping with dog to dog play skills rehabilitation and is accruing hours to sit for her Behavior Consultant exam.
Alexis also owns a cat named Sandra Rose. These two keep Alexis on her toes and her life exciting. She enjoys bringing awareness to the most current and humane ways to care for your pets to give them the best lives possible.
Alexis earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer designation from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional.
CPDT-KA stands for Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. Those with this certification have at least 300 hours of dog training experience within the previous three years, obtain a reference from another CPDT-KA trainer or veterinarian, and agree to the certification council's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and Least-Intrusive Minimally-Aversive (LIMA) Behavior Intervention Philosophy. They have also passed a 180-question exam that tests them on instruction skills, learning theory, ethology, training equipment and animal husbandry. To maintain certification status, trainers must complete continued education credits or re-take the exam every three years.
Pet Tech Pet Tech® is the first International Training Center dedicated to CPR, First Aid & Care for dogs and cats. Pet Tech has been teaching the important skills of Pet CPR, First Aid & Care for over 20 years.
We align with the Fear Free mission. We choose to minimize fear, anxiety and stress whenever possible. This includes NEVER using techniques that cause pain or tools like e/shock collars, prong collars, choke collars, etc. Completing the Fear Free Program allows trainers to work in partnership with families and veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care. This certification program is designed to give qualified animal trainers the knowledge and tools required to begin implementing Fear Free techniques with their clients’ pets at the veterinary hospital, through in-clinic training classes for puppies and kittens, and in day-to-day training of animals in the home.
Completed the 8 week Canine Impulsivity and Fear Mentorship with Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB. This mentorship, delivered through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, focuses on canine impulsivity, hyperactivity, reactivity and fear.
We offer The Family Dog Private Training Program for families with dogs & kids. This customized program is designed to get everyone involved, on board and on the same team.
We are dedicated to excellence in every aspect of our business. We achieve this through education and execution of best practices. To obtain the CPPS credential, professionals must pass the CPPS Exam, adhere to quality standards and a Member Code of Conduct and Ethics and complete 30 CEUs each renewal cycle.