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Pamela J. Reid, PhD, CAAB

Pamela J. Reid, PhD, CAAB
Pamela J. Reid, PhD, CAAB

Dr. Pamela Reid is a certified applied animal behaviorist. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in animal learning and behavior from the University of Toronto.

Pam is the Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center. At the ASPCA, Pam consults with pet owners, veterinarians, trainers, legal professionals, and shelter personnel on animal behavior. She and her colleagues are developing a national program to educate people about behavior and how to work through pet behavior problems. Pam is also adjunct professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. In conjunction with the ASPCA, she directs a Masters Degree program in Biology with a specialization in companion animal behavior.
Pam lectures worldwide on animal behavior, learning theory, and agility training.  She writes articles for both professional journals and popular magazines and is author of the acclaimed book Excel-erated Learning! Explaining (in plain English) how Dogs Learn and how Best to Teach them (James & Kenneth Publishers 1996).

Pam has served on committees for APDT, Delta Society, American Humane Association, PETsMART, and HSUS on topics relating to canine learning and dog training. For several years, she consulted with the U.S. Department of Defense on the use of dogs for narcotics and explosives detection. She has served on the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification and the Certification Council for Pet Dog Training. She is currently a member of the Animal Behavior Society’s committee on Issues in Applied Animal Behavior.

In her spare time, Pam competes with her Border-Border, Eejit, ADCH, FbMCH, 2000 and 2002 USDAA National Steeplechase Champion (runner-up in 2001), USDAA Top Ten 2002-2005, 2004-2005 Tournament Top Ten.  Pam’s Border Collie, Ciaran, ADCH, MADC, AM CDX, FbCH (1989-2000) was once a serious contender at USDAA events, winning regional and national agility events. He also earned Dog World awards for his obedience work. Pam is also known for her beloved Saluki Shaahiin, CDX, AD, FbCH, FCh (1986-2000), who was an awesome obedience competitor, the first Saluki to earn an agility title, and still holds the record as the only Saluki to earn NAFA flyball titles. Pam is now training her young dog, Fidget (a shelter mystery).


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