The care, observation, and training of animals were a great passion in Anna’s childhood. At the age of twelve, she already participated in dog sporting competitions with various dogs, and with her Border Collie “Flyer” (1998-2011) she achieved her first spectacular title with the full number of points in the open class. Several other titles followed in the coming years.
As a dog trainer in various dog schools, she attended seminars, worked and studied at different veterinarians and did an internship at Zoo Vienna and she also worked as a dog trainer while going through high school. After many years of preparation for her first great goal – the unique education in America’s Teaching Zoo – Anna Oblasser-Mirtl was admitted to the Moorpark College, California, immediately after graduating from high school.
In order to learn more about behavioral modification in animals and to make the best use of time in the USA, she completed internships at Los Angeles Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Dolphin Quest Hawaii, Wild Things Inc.
Anna Oblasser-Mirtl has acquired an excellent theoretical and practical basis in over 20 years of dog training and more than 13 years of Exotic Animal Training. As a “cross-over trainer” (a trainer who has worked with traditional methods before applying positive reinforcement), she has had enough time to gain invaluable experience with a variety of training methods. She can pass these experiences on to her employees, other dog trainers, and dog owners as part of the work of the Animal Training Center.
Since the founding of the Animal Training Centre in 2006, it has been continuing its annual activities in Austria and abroad and maintains close contact with trainers from all over the world and from all disciplines. Meanwhile, a large network has formed, which contributes significantly to the further development of the ATC.
Within the framework of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance conference in San Francisco, Anna received the “Impact Award”, the most prestigious award in the industry, for her lecture on implementing a zoo animal training program at an Austrian zoo after years of trying to improve animal welfare in a zoo setting through operant conditioning in Europe. On top of this, she also won another ABMA award the behavior management innovation award for her lecture on diabetic alert dogs in 2015.
– BLOOD DRAW (AS MENTIONED IN PODCAST)