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Alexandra Dilley

Director of Animal Behavior and Training

Alexandra Dilley, CPDT-KA, is the Director of Animal Behavior & Training at the Humane Rescue Alliance, a position she has held since 2013. She is committed to helping bring pets and people together through a variety of training and behavior support programs, as well as making sure that HRA takes a holistic and objective approach to shelter behavior. Prior to leading the department, she had been a Behavior and Training Specialist at the Washington Animal Rescue League, where she taught classes and private sessions and worked regularly with shelter animals. She has also owned her own private dog training business and worked as a contract trainer for Good Dog DC, LLC.

Alexandra is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master's degree from Hunter College, City University of New York, in Animal Behavior & Conservation. She completed her master’s thesis on captive elephant stress behavior and vocalizations after transport to the National Zoo. She has studied with and been mentored by Jean Donaldson through the Academy for Dog Trainers and Trish Loehr via the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants' shelter mentorship program. She is also a graduate of the dog training apprentice program at Humane Domain, in Marriottsville, MD. Alexandra lives in College Park, MD with her three rescue dogs and partner, Robert. In addition to her work at HRA, Alexandra is a classically-trained singer and performs regularly.