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Roger Abrantes, PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology, and BA in Philosophy, DHC, DF, MAPBC, born in Portugal in 1951, has lived most of his life in Denmark.He is the author to 17 books in English, German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and Czech, and innumerous articles on

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Cindy Bruckart is a dog trainer in the Portland, OR metro area.  

She runs Regarding Rover, LLC offering private training and board & train programs.  

She is also the Play Group Coordinator and Trainer at Multnomah County Animal Shelter, which is an open-admission, Open Paw, county shelter.  

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Katie Buvala is a dog trainer and blogger from Phoenix, Arizona. She runs Focus, Fido! Dog Training, specializing in teaching hyper, out-of-control dogs to chill out, focus, and listen to their owners.

Katie's training techniques are based on the work she's done with the most hyper, wound-up dogs

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Elisabeth Catalano, M.A., CPDT, CDBC, CPBC (“Liz’) is a professional dog trainer and behavior counselor. She is the Co-Owner and Director of Behavior and Training at “The Coventry School for Dogs and Their People” located in Columbia, MD.  Liz teaches all levels of general pet training classes as

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Tara Choules CCPDT, MAPDT 00852, CAP2, HNC

Tara owns Dog Training Ireland www.dogtrainingireland.ie with Lisa Whelan.  Tara lives with her two dogs Zak, a mini Dachshund and Boomer, a mini Schnauzer and her husband Philip in Ratoath, Co Meath, Ireland.

Dog Training Ireland is a training company that

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Involved professionally with dogs since 1977, Suzanne’s background is widely varied, with experience in breeding, kennel management, grooming, showing, training, canine midwifery, puppy aptitude testing, instructing, behavior consultations, in-home training, K-9 Search & Rescue, holistic

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Catherine Collignon is engaged in the pet dog training profession in France with a specialization in behavioral rehabilitation.

In 1993, she studied psychology at the CERFPA (Center of Study, Research and Formation in Applied Psychology, Nice -France) with a special interest for canine social

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Pet Expert Steve Dale is the author of the twice weekly syndicated newspaper column “My Pet World” (Tribune Media Services). He’s also the host of nationally syndicated radio programs Steve Dale’s Pet World, The Pet Minute with Steve Dale; and Steve Dale’s Pet World on WLS Radio, Chicago.He’s...

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Steve DeBono is the owner of DeBono Dog Training in Austin, TX and is currently working on attaining a PhD in Animal Personality Psychology at the University of Austin at Texas. As part of his work with UT, he will be heading to Melbourne, Australia for a few months to work with the Australian

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Nicholas H. Dodman

Professor, Section Head and Program Director,
Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences
Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
North Grafton, Massachusetts

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. He

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Michelle Douglas, CPDT-KA, CDBC formed THE REFINED CANINE, LLC and began training dogs and their people in 1997.  The Refined Canine, LLC utilizes positive training methods, which are family and dog friendly, FUN and proven to work.  Michelle offers group classes, private lessons and behavior...

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Kelly Gorman Dunbar is a cofounder and the executive editor of dogstardaily.com and a contributing editor at dogtime.com and Animal Cafe.

She is the Founder and President of Open Paw, a non-profit organization devoted to addressing the unwanted animal problem in a whole new way, arming communities

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Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and writer. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University

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Marie Finnegan is the founder and owner of K-9 Solutions Dog Training Inc.
Specializing in private training for dogs and their owners, her focus is teaching effective communication between the two for the betterment of the relationship. Her motto is, "I do not whisper, I translate."

Marie has been

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I brought my first dog home at the tender age of 5 and according to family lore, said “Mom, look what I found.” Tramp, as he became, was bleeding from a gunshot wound, but survived to be a wonderful and colorful family pet, succumbing at the age of 16. And so it went over the years, a long line

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Dogs recognize John Flanagan as the gentle giant who they want to serve. You may recognize John from some of the many national TV commercials he has done over the years. Others will know John as a freelance union animal trainer to the entertainment industry.

John began his home training practice in

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A life-long dog-lover, Deborah was mostly asleep-at-the-leash with her dogs until Sadie, her fearful, reactive 4-year old standard poodle, came along in the fall of 2006 with a wake-up call: You cannot sleepwalk through life with a fearful dog! (Well, you can if you want to risk turning your life

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Rachel Friedman has worked with both people and animals since very early childhood. A childhood rich in dog, horse and small critter experiences, Rachel carved an interesting and somewhat meandering but nevertheless meaningful route towards her career in the world of dogs. She has a B.A. in Social

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Eric owns and runs Dog Spelled Forward dog training part-time in Maywood NJ, while working full-time as a software engineer on Wall Street. He hopes to transition Dog Spelled Forward to full-time in a few years. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT.)

After adopting a puppy that was a "bit of a...

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Jerry Hope is the author of The Breeder’s Guide to Raising Superstar Dogs and the creator of the Superstar Dog Program, which is designed to prevent many common behavior problems in dogs by imprinting correct behaviors very early puppyhood. The book outlines for breeders how to best prepare...

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Edie Jarolim earned a Ph.D. in American literature from New York University; edited guidebooks at Frommer's, Rough Guides, and Fodor's; published myriad travel articles and three travel guides; and generally led a respectable but dogless life until 2004, when she began palling around with...

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Trish King is the Director of the Animal Behavior & Training Department at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, and the author of a critically acclaimed book for dog owners, Parenting Your Dog.

Besides running the B & T department, Trish teaches workshops and seminars on

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Dr. Jon Klingborg (‘Dr. K’) is a small animal veterinarian in Merced, California. His practice includes dogs, cats, and other furry creatures (chinchillas, hamsters, etc.)

    He has been a vocal advocate on animal welfare and has encouraged veterinarians to take a leadership role on such

Betty Laurin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, She owns and operates Betty’s TLC Dog Training LLC in Middletown RI where she instructs group and private motivational dog training. She specializes in canine environmental enrichment programs helping dogs

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Casey Lomonaco is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy and proprietor of Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in upstate New York.  Casey offers a variety of services to clients both in home and at the Clicking with Canines facility in Endicott, NY; including private lessons for a variety of...

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Sue runs Muttamorphosis Dog Training and Behaviour in the Newcastle Upon Tyne offerring puppy socialisation classes, the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Award Scheme, clicker training classes, fun agilty and specialist workshops.  Sue also offers behavioual advice to clients through veterinary

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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience.

Her nationally syndicated radio show,

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Shannon McKay trained her first dog (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier) at the age of nine and ever since has had a profound interest in the communication potential that exists between man and dog.

In the late 90’s Shannon gave up a career in public relations and advertising, and turned her hobby...

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Jenn Merritt is owner of Blue Dog Creature Coaching in Efland, North Carolina that offers group and private training and Tellington TTouch.


Jenn's career in dog training began when she attended reward based obedience classes at the Animal Protection Society in Mebane, NC in the 1998 with her

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Jennifer completed her Bachelor's Degree at McGill University in 1993, graduating with first class honors in Psychology. She then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. During her years as

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Drayton Michaels has been working with dogs professionally for over a decade.  He honed his dog training chops while working as dog walker in both NYC and Seattle.  In May of 2007, Drayton received his certification in dog training and behavior consulting from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for...

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Kevin defies convention by openly being both a dog lover and a curmudgeon. A reformed druid with an acerbic sense of sarcasm, he began to learn about animal training after discovering the methods he employed had not been refined since dinosaurs and humans walked the earth together.

Since then, he...

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Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs for twenty years. She has been the Director of Behavior and Training at a major Animal Welfare Organization in the Southern California area for 12 of those years. One of her many accomplishments has been the creation and continuing development of

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Chirag is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Pet Behaviour Counsellor working in the UK. He is the manager for The Training and Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugfords Company of Animals. He also runs Domesticated Manners Pet Training and Behaviour. He holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Veterinary Sciences

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Sue Pearson received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Iowa in 1983 and a beagle named Jessie in 1986. Academia and the world of dogs collided in 1987, when Sue began teaching puppy classes and dog obedience for beginners with the local obedience club.

From 1989 to 1994, Sue

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Valerie Pollard has been training dogs professionally since 1979, and specializes in working with behavior issues, including fear, anxiety and aggression. She has always had a keen interest in learning and has hosted seminars regularly with international trainers/behaviorists in that regard. Valerie

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Gillian began her dog training career in 1972 as a dog training apprentice and has been involved in the animal world ever since. She has come a long way. Now overseeing a staff of 22 trainers, she is the Director of Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centre with 3 locations in Toronto and Ajax,

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Leah Roberts has been training pet dogs in the Central Florida area since 2002, both privately and in group classes.  The classes that she offers include Puppy, Adult Basic, Intermediate, Tricks, CGC, and Downtown Hounds.  She specializes in early puppy socialization and development, and

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Laurel Scarioni is the founder of Pawsitive Results Critter Academy, LLC, which offers training and behavior modification for dogs, cats, and parrots. A significant portion of Laurel’s business involves working with people to resolve behavior problems such as fear and aggression. However, her

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Pia's love of teaching began over 30 years ago as a private trainer, dance instructor, and track, field and swimming coach for the Special Olympics. Her academic background was gained through the training of the world-renowned President, CEO and Founder of the famous Cooper Aerobics Center, Dr....

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Jeff is a Certified Dog Behavior Conultant (CDBC), and co-owner of Training Tracks Canine Learning Station with 2 full-service training centers in Southwest Ohio. He has been working with dogs for over 20 years, and training professionally since 1998. He specializes in working with fearful and...

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Nicole S. Silvers owns Silver Sky Canine Behavior Consulting, llc, providing only in-home services.  She specializes in work with adopted and adolescent dogs, with a particular interest in high-octane and pit bull type dogs.  

Nicole started her animal-related career after quitting 3 frustrating

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist and a graduate of The Juilliard School. She has won first prizes in prestigious national piano competitions, and performs concert tours internationally. She is the founder of Lisa Spector’s Music School.


A lifetime dog-lover involved in agility training and...

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Genie Tuttle is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).  Genie has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from California State University, Northridge and has been training dogs of all breeds for

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Lisa owns and runs Dog Training Ireland with Tara Choules.  Lisa lives with her husband Carroll and 4 dogs in Dublin, Ireland.  Her dogs are Millie and Honey Tibetan Terrier Sisters aged 8 years, Misty (Cocker spaniel cross) approx aged 7 and Homer a cocker spaniel aged 6.
 
Dog Training Ireland is...

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Sarah Whitehead is a behaviour specialist and trainer running a busy practice in the South of England.

Sarah originally trained with John Fisher and became his Head of Practice before his sad death in 1997. She now specialises in resolving behavioural problems in dogs and cats, as well as running

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Karen Wild BA (Hons) Dip App Psy, is a full-time U.K. dog trainer and behaviour consultant with 17 years in the field. She has a degree and diploma in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and is an Associate Member of

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Nicole Wilde is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who specializes in behavior issues. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the recipient of the prestigious Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award for 2006, and a popular speaker at the organization’s

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Laurie C. Williams CPDT and her 6 year old Maltese dog Andrew may have been runners-up on the CBS summer reality show Greatest American Dog, but they are America’s designated champions in demonstrating the beautiful, mutually respectful relationship that can result from positive, dog-friendly...

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Erica Houck Young is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  She works with clients both privately and in group settings for behavioral and obedience purposes.  She has also assisted classes at a local training outfit for the past year.  She has been

Dr. Ian Dunbar Seminars and Workshops on the East Coast