Dr. Meghan Herron

Dr. Meghan Herron is the Senior Director of Behavioral Medicine, Education and Outreach at Gigi’s. Prior to her current position she spent over a decade as an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as head of the Behavioral Medicine Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and became board-certified as diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior after completing a residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. As a published author and seasoned international speaker, she has given lectures and seminars on animal behavior around the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Dr. Herron is the lead editor on the book “Decoding Your Cat” the long-anticipated sequel to “Decoding Your Dog” where the ultimate experts, The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, explain common cat and dog behaviors and reveal how to prevent or change unwanted ones.

Heather Luedecke

Heather Luedecke is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  She has been seeing clients professionally since 2013.  Heather completed her Master of Science at Bowling Green State University, where she focused on behavioral ecology.  She also studied biology and psychology during her undergraduate degree.  Her work with dogs started in 2007 when she worked with a rural humane society, then she volunteered as the Ohio Representative for Italian Greyhound Rescue for many years – coordinating adoption and intake for the state.  In her time with rescue, she hosted over 100 foster dogs, most with medical or behavior special needs.  She helped both foster and adoptive families resolve behavior concerns with dogs placed in their homes.  This work with homeless dogs led her to choose a career in dog behavior, to help prevent rehoming due to behavior problems.  She loves working with families to help them understand their dog’s behavior.


Dawn has owned a local dog training, walking & pet sitting business for the last 15 years. During that time, she also was co-leader of a volunteer team that raised funds for Columbus Humane by teaching dog and puppy behavior classes and made appearances on TV to promote adoptable shelter dogs. Dawn served on the Advisory Council for the Godown Rd. Dog Park Users Group and taught a Dog Park 101 safety course. She earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed accreditation in 2009.  Dawn has missed teaching classes and is excited to see puppies and dogs in group classes soon.  She is offering behavior consultations now and enjoys working with puppies and adolescents that need to learn their skills and manners, leash reactive dogs, and especially helping shy and fearful dogs learn to be more confident.  Her depth of knowledge and experience is a great addition to our team.


Chelsea is a vet tech with Gigi’s and has been helping shelter dogs with us since 2019.  She developed an interest in dog behavior during her vet tech program at Columbus State Community College and decided to pursue opportunities to learn more about behavior, to help keep dogs in their homes.  She became Fear Free Shelter Certified when she joined the team at Gigi’s and works with the medical team to provide kind and compassionate vet care to the rural dogs in our care.  She earned her Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner credential in 2021.  Chelsea loves teaching classes with Behavior Services, in addition to her work in the hospital at Gigi’s.  She is excited to help support families that join our classes to learn about how to best care for and train their dogs, to make sure they are happy members of their family and community.