APDT Conference Speakers

We have a line up of speakers who are innovative, interesting, educational, and just plain fun! Click on their name for complete biographical information.

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Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA
Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, is the owner of Pawsitive Results, L.L.C., which offers reward-based training for the family dog in Lexington, SC. A professional dog trainer for more than 19 years, she is the author of Your Outta Control Puppy, The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining, Quick & Easy Crate Training and Puppy Care and Training. She also is a regular columnist for Modern Dog magazine and has appeared in Southern Living, New York Times, DogFancy, Puppies USA, Whole Dog Journal and other national publications. A popular conference speaker, she has given presentations to pet owners and fellow trainers across the United States and in Japan.

Teoti served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) for six years, serving as President for three years. She also earned the APDT Dr. Ian Dunbar Member of the Year award. She is a founding member of the Carolinas Trainers Forum, a networking group of APDT trainers in North and South Carolina. Teoti serves as a consultant on canine training and behavior for local and national dog rescue groups. She also has been actively involved in animal-assisted therapy and activities with Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society). She shares her home with a Papillon and a Belgian Tervuren.

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Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA
Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

Robin Bennett is a certified dog trainer, and an author and consultant for pet care facilities on the subjects of dog daycare, training, and off-leash dog play.  The tips you will pick up in her sessions stem from Robin's 20 years as a dog trainer and daycare owner. Her book All About Dog Daycare is the number one reference on owning a daycare, and Off-Leash Dog Play, co-authored by Susan Briggs is the key reference on supervising dogs in playgroups.

Robin has a passion for educating dog trainers and other professionals on safe handling techniques and canine body language with the Staff Training Program she developed with Susan Briggs called Knowing Dogs. Together Robin and Susan (better known as "The Dog Gurus") have recently launched the best resource for off-leash play at www.TheDogGurus.com.

Robin is an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and has a B.A. degree from Roanoke College. She is a retired Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserves, and is married with two children.

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Susan Briggs

Susan Briggs
Susan Briggs

Crystal Canine was founded to keep pet care the best job in the world!  After 12 years owning and operating Urban Tails, a large dog daycare, boarding, grooming and training center in Houston, TX Susan's passion transitioned to helping fellow pet care business owners.  As a recognized leader in the dog daycare industry her goal is to make all off-leash play programs safer.  The people she meets in this industry motivate her to make a difference by providing tools to make your job as a business owner easier. Using her educational background in accounting, study of social dog behavior and gifts for training others she creates programs and tools specifically designed for the pet industry.

Through her involvement in industry trade associations and work on creating the first industry standards, Susan met Robin Bennett, dog daycare expert. In 2007 they co-wrote Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun. The book was well-received and they responded to requests to create a staff training resource on dog language and safe off-leash playgroups. Knowing Dogs, uses the easy to learn traffic light signal classifications for dog behavior from their book with videos for a comprehensive "staff training in a box". 

njoying their work together and the positive feedback from business owners they continue to create new tools that will raise the bar of safety in off-leash dog play.  Robin and Susan want to make managing your off-leash play programs easier and have founded The Dog Gurus

Susan converted to a Texan and lives in Houston with partner Bill Kamps and three dogs, Sheppy, Archie and Lacey.  Her dogs continue to provide lessons on the complexity of canine health and behavior which has led her to become a student of natural and holistic pet care courses.

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Janis Bradley

Janis Bradley
Janis Bradley

Janis Bradley is the author of Dogs Bite, but balloons and slippers are more dangerous, the complete guide to research on dog bites, along with Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions for The Animals and Society Institute, and The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog for the National Canine Research Council.   Between 1999 and 2009, Bradley trained more than 400 professional pet dog trainers at the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers, and now continues this work as the owner of the Dog Training Internship Academy. 

Bradley is the Associate Director of Communications and Publications at the National Canine Research Council whose mission is to support and distribute the best current science that can help enhance and protect the canine human bond.  She has spoken at numerous professional conferences. 

She lives in Oakland, California with her 2 rescued Greyhounds.

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Amber Burckhalter

Amber Burckhalter
Amber Burckhalter

Amber Burckhalter is a renowned expert in canine obedience and behavior modification. She has spent 20 years working with all types of dogs on pack mentality, behavior modification and all levels of obedience.

She is considered an expert in the canine aggression field, using positive training methods and, in addition to being the Owner and directing all K-9 Coach training activities, this is now her professional focus.

Amber has served as an expert witness in court proceedings and has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other newspapers, both for her expert opinion and her call to action for other trainers.

She has appeared in Women's Day, Parents Magazine, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, CNN.com and numerous other publications. Amber has also appeared on local television programs including Good Day Atlanta and in a WSB-TV Channel 2 exposé that profiled Norred and Associates and Amber's work with busting dog fighting rings and rehabilitating former fighting pitbull dogs.

In 2008, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) named Amber 'Head Trainer' for the End Dog Fighting Campaign in Atlanta and she went on to co-design the curriculum for the nationwide HSUS program and log over 400 hours training and instructing at risk youth and their pit bulls in obedience, agility and behavior modification. She has appeared on National Public Radio and several other radio talk shows as a canine expert and is sought after by numerous organizations for her help using positive training methods to successfully train and rehab dogs.

She is proud to act as a mentor to other trainers and regularly hosts CEU approved educational conferences with world-renowned trainers.

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Linda P. Case, MS

Linda P. Case, MS
Linda P. Case, MS

Linda Case is a canine nutritionist, dog trainer, and science writer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Following graduate school, Linda was a lecturer in companion animal science in the Animal Sciences Department at the University of Illinois for 15 years and also taught companion animal behavior and training at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Linda currently owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in Mahomet, IL (http://www.autumngoldconsulting.com). AutumnGold Consulting provides scientific writing, training programs, seminars, and research support to pet food companies, animal advocacy organizations and the training center provides training classes to area dog owners. Linda is the author of numerous publications, including five books, most recently "Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices" (2014). She also authors the popular blog, "The Science Dog"  (http://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/) Linda and her husband Mike currently share their lives with four dogs; Cadie, Vinny, Chip, and Cooper, and Pete the cat. In addition to dog training, Linda enjoys running, hiking, swimming, yoga, and gardening – most of which she happily shares with her dogs.

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Dr. Raymond Coppinger

Dr. Raymond Coppinger
Dr. Raymond Coppinger

Raymond Coppinger, professor emeritus of biology, is a respected and sought-after lecturer who speaks around the world on ethology and behavioral ecology, especially involving canines. Coppinger's extensive research background has examined sled dog performance, working dogs for farmers and ranchers, assistance dogs, stray dogs, and much more. His work has played a significant role in establishing a greater understanding of the domestic dog, including early developmental behavior, social systems, domestication, evolution and more.

Ray (and his colleagues and students) have published over fifty papers on his dog research and numerous books, including DOGS: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution, co-authored with Lorna Coppinger. His favorite publication, however, is the book Fishing Dogs, a humorous and iconoclastic look at dogs, fishermen and professors, with a second book on the subject just published.

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Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher

With over 40 years professional experience, Gail's background in dogs covers virtually all aspects of the field. A pioneer in many aspects of dog training, education and behavior, Gail developed the first University program for dog trainers and instructors in the world, a two-year certificate course, which she taught at the University of New Hampshire. Through her All Dogs Academy, she has continuously provided education and training for instructors and trainers for over 30 years. In 1976 Gail pioneered puppy classes for puppies as young as eight weeks. In 1993, she opened All Dogs Gym, pioneering the field of multi-dog interactive daycare. She founded and built All Dogs Gym, which is the largest dog activity center in the Northeast and one of the largest all-clicker-training programs in the country.

Gail is a past Board Member and President of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Gail's commitment to learning and sharing knowledge benefits dog owners, professionals and the dogs themselves. Her latest book, THE THINKING DOG—Crossover to Clicker Training is the quintessential manual for dog trainers interested in clicker training. She is also author of two award-winning books, training manuals, countless articles in major dog publications, and a weekly newspaper column. Gail's programs and seminars have earned her acclaim as an International presenter.

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Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. She has written chapters in three veterinary texts, and her popular magazine articles have been translated into 12 languages (www.behaviorworks.org). She has given seminars on learning and behavior at conferences and zoos in many countries around the world. Teaching her on-line class for professionals, Living and Learning with Animals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective and humane behavior change practices.

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Dr. Robert Gillette

Dr. Robert Gillette
Dr. Robert Gillette

Dr. Robert Gillette is currently the Director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation program at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL. He received his D.V.M in 1988 from Kansas State University and earned an M.S.E. in Biomechanics in 1998 from the Human Performance Laboratory, College of Education, University of Kansas. His clinical interests include working with athletic and working dogs. This includes their training regimens, conditioning programs, injury prevention and breeding operations for performance dogs. It also includes canine sports medicine problems, including medical related performance problems, injury repair, rehabilitation and reconditioning.

He was previously the Director of the Animal Health & Performance Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. He has authored 24 scientific publications and has authored/co-authored five chapters in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation textbooks.

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Sumac Grant-Johnson, CPDT-KA

Sumac Grant-Johnson
Sumac Grant-Johnson, CPDT-KA

Sumac began training 40 ago and has been teaching professionally for 20. She is the owner of Wag It Training Center and the founder of Wag It Games. Sumac is a certified professional dog trainer and agility instructor. She is also a WCS Rally Judge, CGC, therapy dog and service dog evaluator. Sumac has been named Maine Dog trainer of the year and has appeared on Disney's "That's My Dog" and "Fetch" on PBS. She has been invited to present at Suzanne Clothiers Trainers Workshop and been a past presenter at the APDT conference. Sumac has been a contributor to Down East Dog News and Chronicle of the Dog. She was invited to be a part of Leadership Maine for her leadership capabilities and experience in small business.

Over the years Sumac has participated in a variety of dog sports and activities including obedience, rally, agility, tricks, herding, skijoring, scent games and water skills. Today she enjoys working with her two Border Collies and Golden Retriever mix.

Sumac has a fascination with "INSPIRING a desired behavior" in people as well as dogs. She combines her dog training knowledge, creativity and business training with her background in teaching personal growth workshops. This background enables her to bring together a unique that goes beyond dog training with a combination that includes training in human behavior, learning styles, teaching methods, group dynamics and motivation techniques.

Sumac offers seminars and instructors courses around the US and on line to an international market. Sumac runs Wag It Camps in NH and the Southern US as well as a variety of events at Wag It Training Center in Lincolnville Maine.

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Denisa Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI

Denisa Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI
Denisa Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI

Denisa Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI won her first pet tricks contest is 1987 with her first dog Babe, a border collie mix. She can still vividly remember her father picking out Babe from a litter of pups on relatives farm and putting the small black puppy into a carboard box. That car ride home with Babe would be the beginning of a lifelong passion for animals. It wasn't until completing her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and a Masters in International Business that she turned her hobby of training dogs into business and career.

Dee currently serves as head trainer and CEO of Applause Your Paws, Inc., Miami's largest privately owned positive dog training company. Her company's mission is to help dog owners improve their quality of life through enjoyable, connected relationships with their canine companions by providing engaging, positive education and non-intimidating training so that in any environment they can have the well-behaved dog they always wanted. Although Dee dedicates her training time to helping clients with their canine behavior concerns, the thing she is most passionate about is developing her business. A large part of business development includes all of the networks that Dee is part of. In addition to managing her staff and assisting her own clients Dee is the founder of the APDT's Networking Group in South Florida, Miami Dade Animal Service's professional for canine evaluations and volunteer training, an Animal Behavior College Mentor, head trainer for Paws4You Rescue (a 501c3 mixed breed rescue) and recently stepped down from the four years she served on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association & Foundation. Dee is what you could call a serial networker; If there is an opportunity to meet people and connect, you can be sure to find here there!

Dee shares her home with two cats, Sushi and Cheddar, three dogs: Zoe (Border Collie Mix), Oxford (Yellow Labrador), Marty McFly (Border Collie) and her English husband Sam. With her dogs she enjoys competitive canine sports including agility, frisbee, rally obedience, competition obedience, tricks, as well as week-long hiking, biking, camping and kayaking trips.

With a love for social media and blogging, you can follow Dee at @DoggieDeeva on Twitter, Friend Applause Your Paws on Facebook, or read her blog at www.applauseyourpaws.com

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Chris Lee

Chris Lee
Chris Lee

Chris Lee, is Senior Director of Information Technology at Rikter Corporation, a web development and design company headquartered in Atlanta. He is known for his high-energy and engaging lecture style.

He leads organizational teams that are responsible for the strategy, development, implementation, and business partner support of web and software applications— from the corporate environment to the non-profit organization sector.

Originally a television editor for ABC Television, Inc., Chris has been a professional web developer for over 17 years. He brings a vast and diverse background of design creativity, usability, and digital media into the web application medium. He regularly works with application development, software development, cloud, Microsoft .NET Framework, VB.NET, C#, jQuery, JSON, ASP.NET, HTML5, XML, CSS, ADO.NET, video production and editing, database design, and electronic newsletter automation.

He is also a specialist in the use of HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript responsive design technologies for web portal applications and corporate intranets, as well as mobile apps on iPhone and Android. He also regularly serves as a technical consultant for clients looking to incorporate additional web and newsletter strategies into their online presence. Chris regularly conducts lectures at seminars around the world and advises corporations on adopting a standards-based architecture for their web applications.

Chris resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, two children, and one amazing Shetland sheepdog.

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Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB

Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB
Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB

Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty-five years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in over 110 cities for fourteen years and her television show Petline played on Animal Planet for two and a half years. She is a frequent contributor to The Bark magazine ("the New Yorker of Dog Magazines") and is Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." Dr. McConnell is a much sought after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems. She is the author of numerous books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (translated now into 14 languages), For the Love of a Dog and Tales of Two Species. Patricia lives with her Border Collie Willie, her Cavalier Tootsie and a very spoiled flock of sheep, and suffers from separation anxiety when she leaves them. For more information, go to www.patriciamcconnell.com or visit her blog, at www.theotherendoftheleash.com.

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Ken McCort

Ken McCort
Ken McCort

Ken McCort owns and operates "Four Paws" training center in Doylestown, Ohio. Along with his wife, Marilyn, a veterinarian, he has and does live with multiple animals including dogs (multiple breed types including New Guinea Singing Dogs), cats, birds (parrots and other species), lizards, llamas, goats, a pony, a marmoset, mini horses and a donkey. In his profession, he works with owners and their animals with behavioral concerns primarily acquired by referral from veterinarians or other clients. He has been training animals full time and on a one-on-one basis since 1986.

In addition to his business, Ken is a certified evaluator and was an evaluator instructor with the Pet Partner program. Not only does he evaluate and certify animal/handler teams for activity and therapy programs, but he also helped to develop the Pet Partner Skills and Aptitude Test which he has taught both nationally and internationally. Currently he sits on the national Therapy Animal Program Advisory Team that looks into incidents and policies for the Pet Partner program.

Ken has presented on the subject of animal behavior at the University of Akron, Columbus State University, the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Midwest Veterinary Conference (all in Ohio), the Society of Anthrozoologists, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Chienposium (in Canada), D.I.N.G.O. (in Japan and Taiwan) and many, many other animal related groups.

In addition, Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana, which is a research facility that studies wolf, coyote and fox behavior, utilizes Ken for some of its presentations and research projects, and has been allowing him to train with their wolves for over 18 years.

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Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP2

Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP2
Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP2

Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP2, owner of Positive Cattitudes, encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of.  She is an IAABC Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute's Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality. Jacqueline presents and publishes on a variety of cat training and behavior topics. She is especially interested in helping shelter and rescue organizations make their cats more adoptable through cat training and behavior programs.  View some of her videos, including Ankle Attack, the winner of the 2007 Karen Pryor Canis Film Festival's feline division, on her channel at www.youtube.com/PositiveCattitudes . You can order her "What Is My Cat Saying?"  Feline Communication 101 CD at www.dogwise.com or as a download at www.DogKingdom.com .

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Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and practiced veterinary medicine as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of residency training in the field of veterinary behavior in 2004.  He had the unique opportunity to experience the benefits of both a conforming program at the University of MN, and then a non-conforming program under the supervision of Dr. Jacqui Neilson in Portland, OR.  He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area from 2005 until 2010 prior to moving to Portland, OR.  He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010 and in 2011 became the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic, a behavior exclusive practice for both cats and dogs in Portland, OR. He has lectured in the US and Canada and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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Emma Parsons, CDBC, BA

Emma Parsons, CDBC, BA
Emma Parsons, CDBC, BA

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years, and is currently the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in Newton, MA. She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior as well as of the Karen Pryor ClickerExpo conferences. She gives "Click to Calm" seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs—three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque, and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.

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Sue Sternberg

Sue Sternberg
Sue Sternberg

Sue has over 30 years of dog behavior experience, including as a dog control officer, kennel and animal care technician at various shelters, dog trainer, behavior counselor, dog training instructor, temperament evaluator, boarding kennel owner, veterinary assistant, is a successful competitor in a variety of dog sports, and a teacher of dog trainers.

She is the author of Successful Dog Adoption (Howell Book House, www.amazon.com) Out and About with your Dog (training and evaluating dog-dog behaviors) and Serious Fun (a guide to teaching your dog to play, training tricks and more) and has produced many DVDs on dog behavior and aggression, and an iPhone app, The Dog Park Assistant (find these at www.GreatDogProductions.com).

Sue has four heeler mixes adopted from various places, all ruled by one awesome cat, Sanjay Gupta. She is an accomplished fiddle player, an avid mineral and fossil collector, loves Earl Grey tea, and is a major Star Trek fan.

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Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC
Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC is a licensed psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and certified dog behavior consultant who directs both the Playful Pooch Program and the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center in Boiling Springs, PA.

She has over 40 years of experience working with children, parents, families, and groups in a variety of mental health and educational settings. Her work developing Animal Assisted Play Therapy brought her more fully into the dog training/consultation world, and she teaches mental health professionals about canine ethology, development, communication, and behavior/training for their AAPT work. She has volunteered her training/behavior services at a local rescue for the past decade, and provides in-home dog behavior consultation with families and other rescue organizations.

She has a special interest in highly fearful, unsocialized, and traumatized dogs, and has pioneered the systematic use of play as part of their rehabilitation. She regularly presents at national and international conferences.

She is the author of dozens of professional books, chapters, and articles about child/family therapy, play therapy, and dog training, and of the acclaimed Human Half of Dog Training: Collaborating with Clients to Get Results (Dogwise, 2013). She has received 12 national awards for her contributions to the field of psychology and her writing, including several books and articles honored with DWAA awards. She is currently writing a guide for dog trainers and behaviorists on how to work with traumatized dogs. She regularly learns from her 5 dogs and 3 cats.

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Clive Wynne, Ph.D.

Clive Wynne, Ph.D.
Clive Wynne, Ph.D.

Clive Wynne, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where he directs the Canine Science Collaboratory. He is also Director of Research at Wolf Park in Indiana. In recent years, Clive's research interests have focused on dogs and their wild relatives, but over the last 30 years he has studied the behavior of animals ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial) and from bats to Galápagos tortoises. He received his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University and his Bachelors from University College London. Always fascinated by the things animals do, in recent years he has developed an additional interest in how people relate to animals.

When not working, he talks to his dog – even though research from his own lab suggests dogs are largely indifferent to what people say to them.

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Dr. Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS

Dr. Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS
Dr. Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS

Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer. He has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training. 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 of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten years researching olfactory communication, the development of hierarchical social behavior, and aggression in domestic dogs.

Dr. Dunbar is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers. Over the past 30 years, he has given over 850 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians in an effort to popularize off-leash, puppy socialization classes, temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training.

Dr. Dunbar is currently the Director of the Center of Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California where he lives with his wife Kelly, dogs Claude and Dune, and kitties Mayhem and Ugli.

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