Alexandra (Alex) Macias, CPDT-KA began her dog training career in 2008 at PetSmart, where she apprenticed under Animal Behaviorist, Lisa Sutton. After a successful run with PetSmart, she moved on to Petco, where, because of her unique Behavior Specialist skills, she was promoted to District Dog Training Mentor. As a Mentor, she trained dozens of brand new dog trainers in her district. She taught them not only how to teach basic obedience commands, but how to remedy serious behavior issues.
While working at Petco, Alex began volunteering with Long Beach Animal Care Services. As a volunteer, she helped rehabilitate shelter dogs who were scared, anxious, or aggressive, and made them ready for adoption. During her time as a volunteer, Alex helped raise the adoption rate to over 60%, and she was offered a job with the City of Long Beach as the Dog Trainer and Adoption/Rescue Coordinator. During her first year, Alex helped over 1,200 shelter animals find homes, and raised the adoption/rescue rate to over 84%. The Long Beach community and Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal noticed her accomplishments at the shelter, and in October 2013, awarded Alex with the “30 Under 30″ award for outstanding leadership among women under the age of 30 in Long Beach.
Alex’s true passion in life is helping dogs and families in need. She specializes in rehabilitating dogs with severe behavior issues such as aggression and separation anxiety, and looks forward to helping more dogs live happy, healthy lives with their loved ones.
Alex is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She serves all areas of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and currently resides in Long Beach with her husband Bobby, and their two rescue dogs, Guinness and Lily.