Helping families enrich relationships with their dogs and cats since 2009.
Welcome to Insight Animal Behavior Services.
We understand that dogs and cats are not merely pets, they are family members. When they have a serious behavioral issue, it impacts everyone in the home.
Our mission is to help improve your dog or cat’s quality of life and help you to build a healthy relationship with them based on better understanding of their motivations, consistent guidance, and kindness.
We take care to provide our clients with a safe and non-judgmental environment. We promise to listen to you carefully and stay constructive and practical with our treatment recommendations. Additionally, by combining our knowledge of animal behavior and veterinary medicine, we can help you to identify whether or not a physical illness is contributing to your companion’s behavioral issue. We will share what we know about the current research in your area of concern as well as available treatment options.
Kelly C. Ballantyne, DVM, Diplomate, ACVB
Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and the leader of Insight Animal Behavior Services.
Dr. Ballantyne grew up on the North Shore of Chicago. Her interest in veterinary medicine began when she was a young child and she has been a life-long animal lover. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2005 she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After 4 years in general practice, she started a non-traditional residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) under the mentorship of Dr. John Ciribassi. Dr. Ballantyne earned her board certification through ACVB in 2015. Additionally, she worked at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years, establishing the College’s first behavior service. Dr. Ballantyne’s research interests include human-animal interactions and psychopharmacology. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband Robert, reading, hiking, birding, and photography. She and Rob share their home with 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Bludger (pictured) and Tonks.
Dr. Ballantyne is a member of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and Chicago Ornithological Society.
Andrew Ballantyne, KPA CTP
Andrew is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Insight’s staff trainer.
Growing up Andrew always longed for a dog but his situation didn’t allow for it. When Andrew was nineteen and living on his own, his first dog Y-Lee came into his life. They had a phenomenal 11 years together. Andrew lucked out! Y-Lee was an amazing, well trained, and socialized pup (though Y-Lee would regularly find new ways to get into the garbage can).
After Y-Lee’s passing, Andrew found himself spending more time with his “nephew” dog, Bludger. Working with Bludger was his first introduction to clicker training. When Bludger’s new sister Tonks came along, Andrew attended Tonks’s training classes with his sister-in-law (Dr. Kelly Ballantyne) since he was thinking about getting a new puppy too. Andrew was blown away by the class headed by Laura Monaco Torelli of Animal Behavior Training Concepts. The welcoming environment and explanation of positive reinforcement really clicked with him (pun intended). He was hooked and attended the next Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional class in 2013. It was an amazing learning experience and solidified the next phase in Andrew’s life: dog training and working with dogs. After graduating from the Karen Pryor Academy, he apprenticed with Laura Torelli and Kiki Yablon.
As a professional dog trainer Andrew continues to gain knowledge of training and animal behavior by attending conferences, taking courses, and working with veterinary behaviorists. Andrew’s love of animals and his commitment to education and force-free training makes him an a perfect fit with Insight.