Kyra van der Zalm - Instinct Dog Behavior & Training

Kyra van der Zalm

Trainer & Behavior Consultant
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CCPDT)
  • MSc, Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare
Kyra is a trainer at Instinct Portland. Kyra worked for 3 years at a sanctuary in Utah where she gained knowledge and experience working with dogs coming from various backgrounds and showing a variety of behaviors. During her time there, she worked closely with certified trainers in a behavior rehabilitation program that focused on helping dogs with complex behavior issues, including reactivity, handling sensitivities, over-arousal, resource guarding, fear and anxiety. More recently, she worked at a shelter in Vancouver, WA, where she further expanded on her skills by creating and applying training and behavior modification plans, conducting pre- and post-adoption consultations and leading staff and volunteer training and education sessions. In her free time she enjoys long-distance trail running, swimming, biking and hiking with her dog, Penny.