Beth McGonigal, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, joined the BelaCoop team in 2013. Proud pet parent of six dogs and six cats, Beth’s interest in animals began in 2006 when she was working for a local non-profit shelter. She had little to no dog experience at the time, but quickly found herself spending more time walking dogs and working with their behavioral issues on her lunch break. Not only did Beth love working with the dogs, but she was told she had a natural ability for it.
In the middle of pursuing her Bachelor's degree, Beth decided to take on her greatest challenge yet: his name was Jefferson. After months of working with him at home, and other dogs at the shelter, she knew she needed to take the next step in helping other dog owners see the same success in their dogs as she had seen in Jefferson. She enrolled in the Animal Behavior College and started reading about the many different methods of dog obedience training. Very early on, Beth made the decision that she would never use training methods on dogs that would harm them physically or emotionally; that she would always be fair, and give each dog and their owners 100%.
Today, Beth is the Owner and Operator of North Pittsburgh Animal Behavior, which is committed to helping Pittsburghers and their pets enhance the human-animal bond through family-friendly, positive-reinforcement methods which are easy, fun and affordable. She runs both Puppy Pre-School and Advanced Puppy training classes at BelaCoop Animal Hospital, as well as individual “Happy Visits” for pets that have anxiety during vet visits.