Amanda O'Neil, Dog Trainer
Over the past twenty-four years, Amanda O'Neil has been training animals and helping create and improve bonds between people and their pets. She graduated with a BS in Animal Science from Missouri State University and is an AKC evaluator.
Amanda has a special place in her heart for rescue dogs. She started working with Wonder Weim Rescue seven years ago. After four and a half years of working with the Weimaraner rescue, Amanda fell in love with Lucky, a Weimaraner with behavioral issues. She adopted Lucky and began her journey learning how to train behavioral dogs. Amanda also has three other dogs, Harry, a 13-year-old Weimaraner, Trey, a 4-year-old Weimaraner and Princess, a 1-year-old Weimararner mix.
Amanda has over nine years of teaching experience, including five years of working with Side Kick Dog Training here in Springfield, MO. In her time at Side Kick; Amanda was a Student, Teacher, Trainer and Manager at the facility. While working with Side Kick, Amanda volunteered at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. During her time volunteering for the Humane Society of SW MO she developed an interest in helping people find ways to correct their dogs’ behavioral issues and help homeless pets find homes.
In December of 2016, Amanda came on board as the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri’s full time Dog Trainer. In this role, Amanda oversees behavior modification and training for the HSSWMO dogs from the moment they come through the doors through the time they are adopted. Amanda’s goals include; helping rehabilitate and rehome shelter dogs, to be an educational resource for the community and to build bonds and understanding between 4 legged and 2 legged family members so that they can thrive in their new home.