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Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA, CDBC

Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA, CDBC

Over more than 18 years of helping parents navigate the challenges of living with kids and dogs, Colleen Pelar has honed a unique perspective filled with humor and practical, easy-to-implement tips for success. Colleen wants to ensure that kids and dogs have happy, healthy relationships. To further that goal, she has written two books, Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind and Kids and Dogs: A Professional's Guide to Helping Families.

As co-owner of All About Dogs, LLC, the largest dog-training facility in northern Virginia, Colleen oversees numerous group classes, private lessons, behavioral evaluations, and behavior modification programs. Named one of the best training facilities in the D.C. area by Washingtonian magazine, All About Dogs caters to families and looks for ways to help parents successfully integrate a dog into their busy lives.

Colleen gives presentations around the country, educating people about how to live safely with kids and dogs. She is also an instructor at the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Academy where she teaches police officers how to interact with the many dogs they'll encounter on the job.

An active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Colleen regularly attends dog-training seminars and has earned the Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) titles.

She lives a semi-chaotic life with; her husband, Jack; their sons, Justin, Kyle, and Brandon; and their dogs, Gordo and Edzo.



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