Amanda Wickman, Development Manager & Behavior Specialist

Amanda, Dogs At PlayWith DAP since 2010

Hi, I’m Amanda…but it’s ok if you know me better as Java, Afu, and Symbiosis’ human! We moved to Wilmington from Wisconsin in 2008 in pursuit of warmer weather. I love working at DAP because I am able to use my degree in Zoology/Animal Behavior from University of Wisconsin-Madison in a practical way: watching your dogs at play! I’ve spent the last 12 years of my life studying dogs and all kinds of animals. I researched Cotton-top Tamarins, Rhesus Monkeys and Pygmy Marmosets, and even spent a summer analyzing killer whales in the Puget Sound!
After working with exotic animals, I came back to dogs. For the last ten years I’ve lead group obedience classes and became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in 2003, a Certified Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen as well as a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. My passion for behaviorism lead me to work with dogs with specific behavioral issues one-on-one in a private consult setting. I have my first-rescued, idiosyncratic Symbiosis, to thank for that! Symbi is a 10-year-old border collie/husky mix. His crazy sisters are Java Dog, a 7-year-old husky/chocolate lab mix; and Afu, a 7-year-old Mastiff.

When I’m not playing “B-A-L-L,” I love running running, hot yoga, going to the gym, live music, NFL football, dancing, traveling home to Wisconsin and hanging out at the beach.