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, based on mutual respect and appreciation as cognizant beings. She is the creator and owner of What Dogs Want, a center dedicated to promoting enrichment and fun learning of important skills for dogs and their people. Her passion is to help people understand the importance of playing with their dogs, providing an enriching environment and allowing dogs to do "dog" things. 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!

Stefanie 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 science-based, force-free 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.

 

What Dogs Want is an accumulation of all Stefanie has learned and wants to provide for all dogs and their people!

Indy

Co-creator, Dean of Admissions

Indy was adopted from a high-kill shelter when he was 8 months old. The reason he was surrendered was "lack of time". He found his calling outside the pound and became the inspiration behind starting What Dogs Want and is 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.

Mae

Activities Coordinator, Student Relations Ambassador

Mae is a former #LovePup who was abandoned at the age of 3 months along with her brother. Today she is living her best life as the What Dogs Want Activities Coordinator and Student Relations Ambassador. Mae is responsible for approving all activities that take place on campus but is also currently developing her own line of 'AMAEzing Mae' educational toys and games for dogs.

She is often the first face the students see upon arrival, and is always willing to step in and help any dogs that need her assistance or coaching skills. 

Obie

Hall Monitor and Rule Enforcer

 Obie is a former #LovePup, found on the streets of Phoenix when he was just 3 months old and weighing 4 lbs. He came to What Dogs Want looking to build confidence and find a sense of security.

 

His favorite color is green, he is a fan of giraffes and his favorite after school snack is popcorn. Do not let his sweet face and charm fool you-he can be a bad ass if he needs to be. 

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