Building Positive Relationships, One Behavior at a Time

You and your pet are unique and you both deserve expertise you can trust!

Pets Decoded LLC offers the very best in behavioral consultancy services and private dog training options for veterinarians, animal professionals and pet owners in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. My name is Dr Lynne Gilbert-Norton, and I am the only behaviorist (a behavior specialist) affiliated with the American Veterinary Association of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) in Utah, and I have over 20 years of academic and applied experience in canine behavior. 

I provide positive solutions for pet behavioral and training issues based upon the science of canine behavior, learning and motivation. Contact Pets Decoded LLC today and get the help and support you and your pet deserve. You will be in good hands!  




Behaviorist and Private Dog Trainer (SLC, UT)

I was born and grew up in England and was always fascinated by animals and animal behavior. My life-long passion is dogs, and I have trained obedience, agility, flyball, psychiatric service dogs, and helped people find positive solutions for their pet behavioral issues. 



My experience and qualifications

I am the only qualified behaviorist in Utah to be affiliated with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). 

I studied animal behavior through a BSc, MSc, PhD and postdoctoral research. My expertise is in canine behavior: personality and learning in wild canids (coyotes) and dogs.

I am a professional member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and an a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). 

My work is published in a number of scientific journals and I have presented my research at conferences throughout the UK and the US. 


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Behaviorist and Private Dog Trainer 


Call Dr Lynne Gilbert-Norton today!

Take the first positive steps for you and your pet, and contact Pets Decoded LLC today – 385-202-0087

The Science of Behavior

My approach as a behaviorist and private dog trainer is based upon the science of animal behavior and learning, which builds a positive relationship between you and your dog. A relationship that is based upon mutual trust and respect.

I use a scientific training approach called LIMA. Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) primarily uses positive reinforcement training and takes into account the individual choice, welfare and needs of your pet. Science shows that this approach is associated with the lowest incidence of aggression, anxiety, avoidance, and fear in animals.

I do not use, or advocate the use of aversive training methods inc. pinch, prong, or shock collars  (e-collars). Or dominance/pack theory approaches that have little scientific merit. For more information please read the dominance and punishment position statements from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).

My expertise in the science of animal behavior gives me a unique insight into your pets’ behavior. More importantly, it gives you the professional expertise you need to build and strengthen your relationship with your dog and overcome behavioral issues together.  


Choosing a trainer or behaviorist?

Sadly, myths about dog behavior, aggression and dominance are rife in the dog training world. Many behavioral ‘experts’ and dog trainers use training and behavioral modification methods that are based on a poor understanding of canine behavior and learning. These methods can often make behavioral issues worse, undermine your relationship, and damage the trust between you and your pet.

Did you know?

Dog trainers and behavior consultants need NO qualifications, experience, licenses or insurance to start a business. And the dizzying list of qualifications that appear after their name can actually mean very little.

Beware of claims that ‘fix’ your dog in a short period of time, as well as boot camps or behavioral transformations that are not clear on the methods they use. Oftentimes these are misguided, dangerous and even abusive. 

Why choose Pets Decoded LLC?

To be an affiliate member of AVSAB, I must hold a PhD in animal behavior or a closely related field, and have my qualifications and experience approved by an independent executive board of veterinarians every 2 years. Those requirements set my services as a behaviorist and private dog trainer above those of other trainers and consultants here in Utah, and give my clients expertise and knowledge they can trust.

 I think you and your dog deserve that!