Meet Your Training Team

Mary Crawford, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CCS, Behavior Specialist

For 30 years Mary was a successful foot and ankle surgeon in Everett, Washington. Six years ago, she began her journey into the world of canine behavior. Bound by her lifelong love of dogs, Mary began as a volunteer at the local animal shelter. She became a member of a special team focusing on rehabilitating dogs relinquished to the shelter due to behavioral problems. One by one, the team helped these dogs change their behavior and become adopted back into the community. This stirred within her a passion to help such dogs before they got to a shelter by helping their owners manage behavioral issues and glean a better understanding of their dog. Since then, Mary has obtained a number of certifications and certificates, including certification as a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine–Knowledge Assessed, CBCC-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, CPDT-KA and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She continues to participate in online and weekend courses, along with other activities to further her education and skills, including local hands-on workshops and national conferences.

CBCC-KA: Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed
CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed
CCS: Certificate in Canine Studies, Northwest School of Canine Studies
IAABC: Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
APDT: Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
PPG: Supporting Member of the Pet Professional Guild

Other Credentials:
CDW: Certified Dog Walker by Dog Walking Academy
Karen Pryor Academy: Certificate in Dog Trainer Foundations
CCN: Certificate in Canine Nutrition, Academy of Natural Health Sciences


Elizabeth “Libby” Savell, CPDT-KA, Training Specialist

Elizabeth (Libby) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition in 2018, but when she adopted Cinderella her life drastically changed. Even though Libby had owned and trained dogs all her life, Cinderella was her first rescue dog and she came with both medical concerns and behavioral issues that were more than she was prepared for. While supporting Cinderella through the recovery and rehabilitation of her knee reconstruction surgery, Libby decided to change careers and worked as a receptionist and animal assistant at a veterinary clinic. As Cinderella got stronger, Libby turned her focus to addressing some of the behavior issues and began training in earnest with Mary at Crawford Canine Connection.  Leash reactivity from a lack of socialization made regular walks nearly impossible, and potentially dangerous and Libby feared they would become another pit bull statistic. Libby was facing the decision to either keep her secluded in the home, or surrendering Cinderella back to the shelter. After working with Mary on Cinderella’s behavior issues, Libby was amazed at how drastically their lives changed with Cinderella becoming a welcomed member of their community. This experience, paired with a desire to help animals, launched her into yet another career change. With a passion to improve, or even prevent, behavior issues that often lead to dogs being relinquished to shelters, she began teaching group classes at one of the local pet stores. While there, she partnered with new and seasoned dog owners alike to increase the bond and understanding with their dogs. Driven to walk alongside those who are committed to their pets and who find themselves in the same situation she was in with Cinderella, she now works with Crawford Canine Connection as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed.

IAABC: Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
APDT: Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Kimberlee Spicer, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, Behavior Specialist

A life long animal lover, Kimberlee has worked with animals professionally for over 12 years. Her career working with animals began at a local animal shelter as an adoption counselor. It was there she had an opportunity to work under one of only eighty Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist. It was at that moment she realized that training the animals that society has given up on was the work she was meant to do. Her focus and compassion then helped her create an entire behavior program for the shelter and was the shelter’s first behavior manager. 

Since then Kimberlee’s passion has taken her on a journey of working with families and their pets doing in home behavior consulting and training and eventually to Seattle Animal Shelter as their animal behavior consultant/trainer. Because of Kimberlee’s decade in shelters she has seen and worked with a variety of behaviors from on-leash reactivity, resource guarding, barrier frustration, jumpy/mouthy behavior, dog aggression, human aggression, dog-cat interrelations, anxiety and fear based behaviors. 

Kimberlee understands that education is an ongoing process and constantly seeks out opportunities to expand her knowledge so she can continue to offer clients the best information available. She has obtained her certification as a Certified Behavior Canine-Consultant, CBCC-KA, Certified Profession Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, CPDT-KA and a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Kimberlee’s experience with animals far surpasses just dogs and she has had the pleasure of consulting on cases including cats, guinea pigs, rats, reptiles, rabbits, pigs and goats! Kimberlee understands that the key to a successful behavior plan is not just “training” the dog but working with, educating and supporting the family members that love and support their animals to become successful members of the family.

Kimberlee is also is affiliated with:

  • APDT: Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • PPG: Supporting Member of the Pet Professional Guild


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