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About Our Veterinary Review Team

Here at Pet Living, it’s important to us that the information we publish is accurate and sound. Our articles are thoroughly researched and any information that affects your pet’s health is fact-checked by one of our veterinary reviewers.

You can read more about our pet professional reviewer, Mikkel Becker, Certified Dog Trainer below, or visit our main About page to learn about the other members of our editorial and review team.


Mikkel Becker is the lead animal trainer for Fear Free Pets. She specializes in reward-based training and behavior modification with dogs, cats, and occasionally other species, including horses, pigs, and orangutans.

Mikkel is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a graduate of the rigorous San Francisco SPCA Dog Training Academy with Jean Donaldson with a certificate in training and counseling (CTC), a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Counselor (CDBC). Mikkel also majored in communications and minored in sociology at Washington State University.

Mikkel is regularly featured in publications that include USA Today, Woman’s Day, and Real Simple. She was the resident trainer at Vetstreet and now is the lead animal trainer at Fear Free Pets. Mikkel has coauthored six books, including the most recent release, From Fearful to Fear Free.

Mikkel lives in Spokane, WA with her daughter, Reagan and the love of her life—a Puggle named Indiana Bones. The rest of the critter crew includes an adorably naughty rescue pug mix, Otis, and a cuddly, teddy bear of a horse, Chili.

Follow her here:


  • Lead Animal Trainer, Fear Free LLC
  • Pet Behavior Counselor
  • Author: Building Better Lives & Encouraging Positive Change for Humans & Pets


  • Washington State University – Edward R. Murrow College of Communication


  • Reward-based training and behavior modification with dogs, cats, and occasionally other species, including horses, pigs, and orangutans


  • Spokane, WA

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