About Us

Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Daniel Q. Estep, PhD, CAAB

Dr. Suzanne Hetts and Dr. Dan Estep are certified by the Animal Behavior Society as Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB).  They co-own Animal Behavior Associates, Inc.  Drs. Hetts and Estep are award winning international speakers, educators, and authors and have helped thousands of pet owners improve their pets’ behavior and their relationships with them.

Dr. Hetts’ newest book “Twelve Terrible Dog Training Mistakes” has been an Amazon Best Seller, and her first book “Pet Behavior Protocols” was one of American Animal Hospital Association’s best selling titles.

Suzanne and Dan co-authored two award winning books, Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy and Help! I’m Barking and I Can’t Be Quiet

Dr. Estep and Dr. Hetts consult with major corporations in the pet industry, are internationally recognized experts in animal behavior, and have lectured on four continents to pet owners and pet professionals.  They’ve served as expert witnesses in several high profile fatal dog attack cases, and many more dog injury cases. Dr. Hetts served as the curriculum co-chair on Colorado’s Dog Protection Task Force, charged with developing a canine behavior education course for law enforcement.

Their courses and videos, including their acclaimed DVD “Canine Body Postures:  A Professional’s Video Guide”, produced by Animal Care Technologies, Inc. are used in nationwide training programs for pet professionals and pet owners.

Although still accepting selected appointments with pet owners, Drs. Estep and Hetts now focus on providing scientific education about pet behavior online for pet parents and pet professionals and have over 75 webinar courses at BehaviorEducationNetwork.comPetProWebinars.com.

Dr. Estep received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology with specialization in animal behavior from the University of Florida and was a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Hetts’ graduate and undergraduate degrees are from Colorado State University in zoology, wildlife biology and microbiology and medical technology, respectively.   She was a co-founder of the grief education and support program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and also developed all the materials and procedures for the Behavior Help Line at the Denver Dumb Friends League.

In 2018 Suzanne and Dan relocated full-time to Sun City AZ where they had been “snowbirding” for six years.  They still maintain their Colorado connections and travel back frequently, especially to enjoy the wonderful Colorado summers.  Now “pet-less” for the first time in decades, they offer pet care in their own home, taking care of pets from only one family at a time.  For more information about their care, pet and legal consulting, visit their business website, AnimalBehaviorAssociates.com.