Meet Stefanie Strackbein
owner & creator

Dog advocate,
behavior & enrichment specialist

Stefanie has worked with dogs her entire life; professionally since 2007. She believes that because humans domesticated dogs and brought them into our world, we owe it to them to provide the best life we can, including mutual respect and appreciation as cognizant beings. She is the creator and owner of What Dogs Want, a center dedicated to promoting enrichment for dogs and their people. She has worked with DOGTV to promote canine enrichment and its importance and recently co-hosted an online "doggie game night" with DOGTV  challenging dog-human teams to complete fun activities at home!

She earned a degree in Psychology from ASU and started volunteering at local shelters. She became interested in behavior, wanting to learn more about dogs and the way they think and interact with the world. She started working for Maddie’s Projects, an organization committed to increasing adoptions and reducing euthanasia in shelters. Since then, she has worked in/with the behavior departments of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, The Humane Society, and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Stefanie has also worked in humane education, teaching dog-bite prevention classes to kids, and recently received a letter of recognition from the City of Phoenix, acknowledging her vocational skills class, teaching challenged students about dog care and training.

Stefanie continues her education in dog behavior and has completed coursework in dog daycare operations, group dynamics, aggressive behavior, and enrichment for dogs. She is currently taking classes to earn a certification in dog training. Stefanie currently holds certifications in temperament evaluations for the Core Behaviors Assessment and Emergency Animal Management through FEMA. She has helped develop several dog day cares, implementing procedures and protocols that benefit the dogs in their care. Stefanie co-founded The Canine Connection, a rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized at county shelters. In 2008, she started What Dogs Want, hoping to help people appreciate their dogs’ needs and wants in a fun and effective way. In 2010, she co-founded the program Edu-Care for Dogs, bringing mental and physical enrichment to dogs in a group setting then started the What Dogs Want Campus for Enrichment & Learning in 2017 .

Meet Stefanie Strackbein
owner & creator

Dog advocate,
behavior & enrichment specialist

Stefanie has worked with dogs her entire life; professionally since 2007. She believes that because humans domesticated dogs and brought them into our world, we owe it to them to provide the best life we can, including mutual respect and appreciation as cognizant beings. She is the creator and owner of What Dogs Want, a center dedicated to promoting enrichment for dogs and their people. She has worked with DOGTV to promote canine enrichment and its importance and recently co-hosted an online "doggie game night" with DOGTV  challenging dog-human teams to complete fun activities at home!

She earned a degree in Psychology from ASU and started volunteering at local shelters. She became interested in behavior, wanting to learn more about dogs and the way they think and interact with the world. She started working for Maddie’s Projects, an organization committed to increasing adoptions and reducing euthanasia in shelters. Since then, she has worked in/with the behavior departments of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, The Humane Society, and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Stefanie has also worked in humane education, teaching dog-bite prevention classes to kids, and recently received a letter of recognition from the City of Phoenix, acknowledging her vocational skills class, teaching challenged students about dog care and training.

Stefanie continues her education in dog behavior and has completed coursework in dog daycare operations, group dynamics, aggressive behavior, and enrichment for dogs. She is currently taking classes to earn a certification in dog training. Stefanie currently holds certifications in temperament evaluations for the Core Behaviors Assessment and Emergency Animal Management through FEMA. She has helped develop several dog day cares, implementing procedures and protocols that benefit the dogs in their care. Stefanie co-founded The Canine Connection, a rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized at county shelters. In 2008, she started What Dogs Want, hoping to help people appreciate their dogs’ needs and wants in a fun and effective way. In 2010, she co-founded the program Edu-Care for Dogs, bringing mental and physical enrichment to dogs in a group setting then started the What Dogs Want Campus for Enrichment & Learning in 2017 .

Meet Stefanie Strackbein
owner & creator

Dog advocate,
behavior & enrichment specialist

Stefanie has worked with dogs her entire life; professionally since 2007. She believes that because humans domesticated dogs and brought them into our world, we owe it to them to provide the best life we can, including mutual respect and appreciation as cognizant beings. She is the creator and owner of What Dogs Want, a center dedicated to promoting enrichment for dogs and their people. She has worked with DOGTV to promote canine enrichment and its importance and recently co-hosted an online "doggie game night" with DOGTV  challenging dog-human teams to complete fun activities at home!

She earned a degree in Psychology from ASU and started volunteering at local shelters. She became interested in behavior, wanting to learn more about dogs and the way they think and interact with the world. She started working for Maddie’s Projects, an organization committed to increasing adoptions and reducing euthanasia in shelters. Since then, she has worked in/with the behavior departments of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, The Humane Society, and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Stefanie has also worked in humane education, teaching dog-bite prevention classes to kids, and recently received a letter of recognition from the City of Phoenix, acknowledging her vocational skills class, teaching challenged students about dog care and training.

Stefanie continues her education in dog behavior and has completed coursework in dog daycare operations, group dynamics, aggressive behavior, and enrichment for dogs. She is currently taking classes to earn a certification in dog training. Stefanie currently holds certifications in temperament evaluations for the Core Behaviors Assessment and Emergency Animal Management through FEMA. She has helped develop several dog day cares, implementing procedures and protocols that benefit the dogs in their care. Stefanie co-founded The Canine Connection, a rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized at county shelters. In 2008, she started What Dogs Want, hoping to help people appreciate their dogs’ needs and wants in a fun and effective way. In 2010, she co-founded the program Edu-Care for Dogs, bringing mental and physical enrichment to dogs in a group setting then started the What Dogs Want Campus for Enrichment & Learning in 2017 .

Indy

Co-creator, Dean of Admissions

Indy was the main inspiration behind starting What Dogs Want and has been an active participant in all game development and testing. He currently is in charge of admissions, and also managing alumni relationships.

 

He brings with him over 10 years experience in his area of expertise. He offers excellent organization and interpersonal skills, superb communication skills, an ability to multi-task and work under pressure.

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