Andrew Ballantyne is the owner, head trainer, and sitter at BigPicture.Training.
Growing up I always longed for a dog but our situation didn’t allow for it. When I was nineteen and living on my own, my first dog Y-Lee came into my life. We had a phenomenal 11 years together. I lucked out! Y-Lee was an amazing, well trained, and socialized pup (though he would find new ways to get into the garbage can).
After Y-Lee’s passing, I found myself spending more time with my “nephew” dog, Bludger. Bludger was my first brief introduction to clicker training. When Bludger had a new sister come along, I attended training classes with my sister-in-law and new pup Tonks (I was thinking about getting a new puppy too). I was blown away by the class headed by Laura Monaco Torelli of Animal Behavior Training Concepts. The welcoming environment and explanation of positive reinforcement really clicked with me (pun intended). I was hooked and attended the next Karen Pryor Academy “Dog Trainer Professional” class taught by Laura. It was an amazing learning experience and solidified the next phase in my life: dog training and working with dogs.
I continue to gain more knowledge of training and animal behavior by attending conferences, taking courses, and working with veterinary behaviorists.
Education and Experience
Karen Pryor Academy CTP, 2013
Apprenticeship at Animal Behavior Training Concepts with Laura Monaco Torelli and Kiki Yablon. November 2013-2016.
Training assistant for veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kelly Ballantyne September 2014-2015
Training assistant for veterinary behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi at Chicago Veterinary Behavior Consultants 2014-2017
Fear Free Animal Certification Program. December 2018-present
Head trainer at Insight Animal Behavior Services. January 2019-Present