Adaptive Animals, LLC
Fear Free Certified
Experience with fearful, anxious & aggressive dogs
Dangerous dog assessment
Sleeping Tiger Consultations, LLC
Cat behavior specialist
Feline personality expert
Dr. Victoria A. Cussen, PhD is the President of Four Questions Consulting, LLC, a member of the Animal Behavior Society, a reviewer for the journals Animal Behavior, PLoS One, Behavioural Processes, and Zoo Biology, and the Director of Research for the ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Behavior team.
She understands the joy of interacting with dogs, and the frustration of undesirable behaviors. An expert in the fields of comparative cognition, applied animal behavior, personality & resiliency to environmental stress, and canine behavior, she is dedicated to using science-based practices to troubleshoot problem behaviors. Her passion to improve the quality of life for both owner and pet is why she provides behavior modification consultation services.
Dr. Cussen is excited to learn about you & your dog, and help you heal your relationship!
Research Professor, University of Puget Sound and Affiliate Professor, University of Washington (Psychology-Animal Behavior)
After nearly two decades as faculty and chair of Psychology and co-director of the Neuroscience Program at the University of Puget Sound, I retired from teaching in 2011 to devote more time to applied animal behavior and to become involved in animal welfare issues. I have continued to pursue scholarly work including research on equine learning and behavior, involvement in professional organizations, and professional writing. I have also applied my teaching experience to a new audience of animal trainers and veterinary professionals and, in 2012 opened a behavior private behavior consulting practice. I am currently Chair of the Animal Behavior Society Applied Animal Behavior Committee and have professional certifications as a CAAB (Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist), CHBC (Certified Horse Behavior Consultant), and Fear Free Certified behaviorist.
I am a licensed veterinary technician with 15 years of experience in both general and emergency practice and I received my MS in Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. I am currently working towards my PhD, focusing on Applied Animal Behavior. My work in the veterinary field revealed to me that the main reasons for euthanizing otherwise healthy pets were almost entirely behavioral, which motivated me to begin research on companion animal behavior, eventually specifically focusing on cats. I now operate a feline behavior specialty practice (Sleeping Tiger Consultations, LLC). I continue to pursue research because sound science based on rigorous empiricism that contributes to the overall body of knowledge of companion animal behavior in an accessible manner can be disseminated far beyond my physical reach. I have three kitties: Majesty (22.5y), Marble (16y) and Flower (15y). And they are the best cats in the world...except for yours!