Meet Your Training Team

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

Mary left her long term career as a foot and ankle surgeon in 2018 and focused all her energy and passion toward the care and well-being of dogs and their humans.  She had previously volunteered at the local animal shelter and saw dogs who were relinquished to the shelter due to behavioral problems. It quickly became apparent that to really help these animals, the behaviors needed to be addressed in the home before they got to a shelter. Mary began the educational journey to become a canine behavior specialist and has since 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, Certified Separation Anxiety Profession Trainer 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
Cert SAPT: Certified Separation Anxiety Professional Trainer
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


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

A lifelong animal lover, Kimberlee has worked with animals professionally for over 14 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 working with 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 with Crawford Canine Connection 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-dog aggression, human directed 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 most up to date information available. She has obtained her certification as a Certified Behavior Canine-Consultant, CBCC-KA, Certified Professional 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 animal but working with, educating and supporting the family members that love and support their animals to become successful members of the family.

Kimberlee has a new role within Crawford Canine Connection as their Director of Operations. She will be your first point of contact when you reach out and will aid in planning, organizing, supervising and implementing all aspects of you and your pet’s time with Crawford Canine Connection. While not directly working with you or the other behavior consultants on the team, Kimberlee will be behind the scenes working on training and enrichment materials to ensure you and your pets have access to the most up to date protocols available and have endless amounts of resources available through the training process.

Kimberlee is also is affiliated with:

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


Elizabeth “Libby” Savell, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, Behavior Specialist

Libby’s love of dogs grows from personal as well as professional experience. What began as a commitment to help her pitbull Cinderella overcome some difficult behaviors turned into a lifelong passion to work with animals struggling to be successful in the human world around them.

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 began working with Mary as a trainer at Crawford Canine Connection for 2 years before life took Libby, Cinderella, and her husband to Phoenix, Arizona. There, Libby completed her certification as a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Fueled by the desire to help her community, Libby worked at the local humane society where she supported and trained animals waiting for their new forever homes. She helped develop standardized training plans used by staff and volunteers to build bonds with the most vulnerable pet population. Libby assisted with the development of assessment matrices to ensure quality of life and standard of care within the humane society, in addition to offering support to foster caregivers and their foster animals.

After 2 years in Arizona, Libby and her family have moved back home to Washington and she has rejoined Mary in her passion to enhance the bond between pet guardians and their beloved companions.


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