Aggression in Dogs Conference Speakers

AditiCzarnomski

Aditi Czarnomski

CPDT-KSA

Aditi Czarnomski brings over twenty years of experience working with animals to share with others. She worked as an Animal Humane Officer for nearly a decade, as well as a professional responder for a national animal welfare organization handling animals from hoarding and neglect cases, puppy mills, and dog-fighting busts. Aditi will be sharing the knowledge and skills she’s learned over the years working with dogs in the field while adhering to low-stress, humane standards. In addition to helping homeless and rescue animals, she ran her own consulting business, Urbane Animal Behavior, helping people and their companion animals through a variety of behavior and training challenges while building healthier relationships built on trust and understanding through reward-based methods. Currently, Aditi works as the Director of Behavior and Training at Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs in Ohio, and continues to offer limited services through UAB. 

Aditi Czarnomski, CPDT-KSA

Gigi’s For Dogs

Urbane Animal Behavior 

AditiCzarnomski

Aditi Czarnomski

CPDT-KSA

Aditi Czarnomski brings over twenty years of experience working with animals to share with others. She worked as an Animal Humane Officer for nearly a decade, as well as a professional responder for a national animal welfare organization handling animals from hoarding and neglect cases, puppy mills, and dog-fighting busts. Aditi will be sharing the knowledge and skills she’s learned over the years working with dogs in the field while adhering to low-stress, humane standards. In addition to helping homeless and rescue animals, she ran her own consulting business, Urbane Animal Behavior, helping people and their companion animals through a variety of behavior and training challenges while building healthier relationships built on trust and understanding through reward-based methods. Currently, Aditi works as the Director of Behavior and Training at Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs in Ohio, and continues to offer limited services through UAB. 

Aditi Czarnomski, CPDT-KSA

Gigi’s For Dogs

Urbane Animal Behavior 

AmberBatson

Dr. Amber Batson

Amber graduated from the Royal Vet College, London in 1999 and went straight in to first opinion vet practice.  She soon realised that many elements of her consultations included behaviour, whether as a symptom of potential disease (my dog’s sleeping more than they used to, my dogs more irritable than they used to be), or a direct request for help in a behaviour problem (my dog wont stop eating the cushions) or because understanding dog behaviour facilitated a better relationship with the dog and their human.

So she undertook a number of behaviour qualifications and whilst continuing to work in clinical practice, in 2007 she set up Understand Animals, UK, a business providing behaviour and welfare education for both animal caregivers and professionals.

Today she still works in vet practice seeing medical and behaviour cases,  but also teaches behaviour worldwide and works as a legal expert witness in welfare cases.

When not working, you ll mostly find her enjoying family life with husband, young son, dogs and horses, and eating snacks.

AmberBatson

Dr. Amber Batson

Amber graduated from the Royal Vet College, London in 1999 and went straight in to first opinion vet practice.  She soon realised that many elements of her consultations included behaviour, whether as a symptom of potential disease (my dog’s sleeping more than they used to, my dogs more irritable than they used to be), or a direct request for help in a behaviour problem (my dog wont stop eating the cushions) or because understanding dog behaviour facilitated a better relationship with the dog and their human.

So she undertook a number of behaviour qualifications and whilst continuing to work in clinical practice, in 2007 she set up Understand Animals, UK, a business providing behaviour and welfare education for both animal caregivers and professionals.

Today she still works in vet practice seeing medical and behaviour cases,  but also teaches behaviour worldwide and works as a legal expert witness in welfare cases.

When not working, you ll mostly find her enjoying family life with husband, young son, dogs and horses, and eating snacks.

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Helen St. Pierre

CPDT-KSA, CDBC, OSCT

Helen is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training, LLC. Based in Concord New Hampshire with two state of the art facilities, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT). Helen has been training dogs for over 20 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also a licensed Dogs and Storks educator, and a licensed Dogs and Toddlers educator.

Helen’s skills range from basic obedience to behavior modification of serious problems including aggression as well as service dog training.  Helen is always doing one on one behavior consultations, and teaches group classes locally in the Concord, New Hampshire area ranging from puppy classes to reactivity classes to shy dog classes. She offers workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects all around New England. Helen is constantly going to continuing education seminars to learn more about the fascinating world of dog behavior, and she has been featured on the radio, in print, and on T.V. for her work! She volunteers countless hours at the local SPCA and works with homeless dogs to help them learn skills to find a home faster. She teaches class on dog behavior and ethology at the local college. 

Helen has twelve dogs of her own, and also has a horse Noah, four cats, 2 parrots, and a hedgehog. She has two wonderful daughters, Grace and Evelyn. She and her husband, Jake, also run a senior/hospice dog rescue out of their home. When not training dogs she is working with her own animals, riding her horse or spending time with her husband and daughters.

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Helen St. Pierre

CPDT-KSA, CDBC, OSCT

Helen is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training, LLC. Based in Concord New Hampshire with two state of the art facilities, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT). Helen has been training dogs for over 20 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also a licensed Dogs and Storks educator, and a licensed Dogs and Toddlers educator.

Helen’s skills range from basic obedience to behavior modification of serious problems including aggression as well as service dog training.  Helen is always doing one on one behavior consultations, and teaches group classes locally in the Concord, New Hampshire area ranging from puppy classes to reactivity classes to shy dog classes. She offers workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects all around New England. Helen is constantly going to continuing education seminars to learn more about the fascinating world of dog behavior, and she has been featured on the radio, in print, and on T.V. for her work! She volunteers countless hours at the local SPCA and works with homeless dogs to help them learn skills to find a home faster. She teaches class on dog behavior and ethology at the local college. 

Helen has twelve dogs of her own, and also has a horse Noah, four cats, 2 parrots, and a hedgehog. She has two wonderful daughters, Grace and Evelyn. She and her husband, Jake, also run a senior/hospice dog rescue out of their home. When not training dogs she is working with her own animals, riding her horse or spending time with her husband and daughters.

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Jennifer Shryock

BA, CDBC

Jennifer Shryock, BA, CDBC, is the owner and founder of Family Paws Parent Education.   She has a certification from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a special education degree with more than 30 years of experience. She’s served on multiple boards, including the International Childbirth Education Association, and was Vice President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support.

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Jennifer Shryock

BA, CDBC

Jennifer Shryock, BA, CDBC, is the owner and founder of Family Paws Parent Education.   She has a certification from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a special education degree with more than 30 years of experience. She’s served on multiple boards, including the International Childbirth Education Association, and was Vice President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support.

Jessica Wheatcraft

CDBC, CPDT-KA

Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA is the Owner and Director of Behavior and Training at Instinct Dog Training San Diego. She and her team help San Diego dogs and humans live better lives through practical, positive, and effective training & behavior programs. 
Jessica has over 15 years of training and behavior consulting experience, working with thousands of pet dogs and their families. She has specialized in behavior issues for the past 10 years, specifically leash reactivity and aggression cases. She takes a comprehensive approach in understanding each individual dog, and tailoring her training plan accordingly.

Jessica Wheatcraft

CDBC, CPDT-KA

Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA is the Owner and Director of Behavior and Training at Instinct Dog Training San Diego. She and her team help San Diego dogs and humans live better lives through practical, positive, and effective training & behavior programs. 
Jessica has over 15 years of training and behavior consulting experience, working with thousands of pet dogs and their families. She has specialized in behavior issues for the past 10 years, specifically leash reactivity and aggression cases. She takes a comprehensive approach in understanding each individual dog, and tailoring her training plan accordingly.

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Karishma Warr

Karishma Warr provides practical, effective solutions for guardians of dogs struggling with behavior challenges. Specializing in aggressive dog cases in intense urban environments, they are committed to humane solutions to often complex problems and are passionate about the use of technology to innovate the dog training industry. Alongside their team at Calm Canine Academy they have coached thousands of dogs-human teams in over 15 countries and provide free training and behavior content via their growing Instagram account (@calmcanineacademy).

Karishma Warr Bio Pic

Karishma Warr

Karishma Warr provides practical, effective solutions for guardians of dogs struggling with behavior challenges. Specializing in aggressive dog cases in intense urban environments, they are committed to humane solutions to often complex problems and are passionate about the use of technology to innovate the dog training industry. Alongside their team at Calm Canine Academy they have coached thousands of dogs-human teams in over 15 countries and provide free training and behavior content via their growing Instagram account (@calmcanineacademy).

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Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs.
Laura serves as a Faculty Instructor with Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She offers private training at West Loop Veterinary Care, located in downtown Chicago. Laura has presented at numerous professional conferences and taught seminars across the United States, Italy, Sweden, UK, Singapore, Japan, and the Caribbean. She was an invited speaker for the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Midwest Veterinary Conference, and Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news, WGN Radio, and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. She also contributed her training videos for the Fear Free Professional Trainer Certification program, and the Karen Pryor Academy Better Vet Visits online course.

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Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs.
Laura serves as a Faculty Instructor with Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She offers private training at West Loop Veterinary Care, located in downtown Chicago. Laura has presented at numerous professional conferences and taught seminars across the United States, Italy, Sweden, UK, Singapore, Japan, and the Caribbean. She was an invited speaker for the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Midwest Veterinary Conference, and Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news, WGN Radio, and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. She also contributed her training videos for the Fear Free Professional Trainer Certification program, and the Karen Pryor Academy Better Vet Visits online course.

KimBrophey

Kim Brophey

CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM

Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, NC. Kim’s commitment to Family Dog Mediation has been recognized internationally, awarded the APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC seven years in a row. She is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a certified member and past board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Kim Brophey’s L.E.G.S. model of integrated canine science has been endorsed by prominent canine scientists such as Raymond Coppinger and embraced by reputable academics and dog trainers worldwide. From her applied ethology content in Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course to her market-disrupting L.E.G.S.  Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation  Course, Kim’s work is a celebrated contribution to the field. Her groundbreaking sold-out first edition book, MEET YOUR DOG, TED talk, Beyond The Operant (BTO) collaborative, many public speaking venues, and countless radio and podcast features have made profound waves throughout the dog behavior world as well as the general public. Kim continues to build bridges and invite others to contribute to a new conversation about dogs- one that challenges us toredefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.

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Kim Brophey

CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM

Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, NC. Kim’s commitment to Family Dog Mediation has been recognized internationally, awarded the APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC seven years in a row. She is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a certified member and past board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Kim Brophey’s L.E.G.S. model of integrated canine science has been endorsed by prominent canine scientists such as Raymond Coppinger and embraced by reputable academics and dog trainers worldwide. From her applied ethology content in Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course to her market-disrupting L.E.G.S.  Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation  Course, Kim’s work is a celebrated contribution to the field. Her groundbreaking sold-out first edition book, MEET YOUR DOG, TED talk, Beyond The Operant (BTO) collaborative, many public speaking venues, and countless radio and podcast features have made profound waves throughout the dog behavior world as well as the general public. Kim continues to build bridges and invite others to contribute to a new conversation about dogs- one that challenges us toredefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.

MichaelShikashio

Michael Shikashio

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.

He is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference

MichaelShikashio

Michael Shikashio

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.

He is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference

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Dr. Risë VanFleet

PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBI

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBI is a licensed psychologist specializing in children and families, a registered play therapist-supervisor, certified dog behavior consultant, and certified animal ethology and behavior instructor. She has over 45 years of clinical and administrative experience in mental health and education settings, and is a co-creator with Tracie Faa-Thompson (UK) of Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. She has trained therapists throughout the world in this modality, which considers the well-being, agency, and preferences of the animal equal to those of the humans. Dr. VanFleet has also volunteered her behavior services to local rescues for 18 years, and she regularly works with families with dog behavior concerns in their own homes. She specializes in work with unsocialized, feral/semi-feral, traumatized, and highly fearful dogs. Risë is the author of dozens of books, chapters, and articles, and has won several Maxwell Awards (DWAA) for her writing. Her acclaimed book, The Human Half of Dog Training: Collaborating with Clients to Get Results (Dogwise) forms the basis of her presentation on how to help human clients with aggressive dogs work successfully with trainers, behaviorists, and/or other animal professionals as well as how to overcome common human-related obstacles to progress

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Dr. Risë VanFleet

PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBI

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBI is a licensed psychologist specializing in children and families, a registered play therapist-supervisor, certified dog behavior consultant, and certified animal ethology and behavior instructor. She has over 45 years of clinical and administrative experience in mental health and education settings, and is a co-creator with Tracie Faa-Thompson (UK) of Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. She has trained therapists throughout the world in this modality, which considers the well-being, agency, and preferences of the animal equal to those of the humans. Dr. VanFleet has also volunteered her behavior services to local rescues for 18 years, and she regularly works with families with dog behavior concerns in their own homes. She specializes in work with unsocialized, feral/semi-feral, traumatized, and highly fearful dogs. Risë is the author of dozens of books, chapters, and articles, and has won several Maxwell Awards (DWAA) for her writing. Her acclaimed book, The Human Half of Dog Training: Collaborating with Clients to Get Results (Dogwise) forms the basis of her presentation on how to help human clients with aggressive dogs work successfully with trainers, behaviorists, and/or other animal professionals as well as how to overcome common human-related obstacles to progress

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Simone Mueller

MA

Simone Mueller, MA is a certified dog trainer and dog behaviour consultant (ATN.AG) from Germany.

She specialises in force-free anti-predation training and is the author of the two books of the Predation Substitute Training series “Hunting Together” and “Rocket Recall”.

Simone is proud to be an Associate Trainer at the Scotland-based Lothlorien Dog Training Club (AT-LDTC) and a member of both the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE).

Follow Simone’s work on Facebook and Instagram: #predationsubstitutetraining

Learn more: http://www.predation-substitute-training.com

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Simone Mueller

MA

Simone Mueller, MA is a certified dog trainer and dog behaviour consultant (ATN.AG) from Germany.

She specialises in force-free anti-predation training and is the author of the two books of the Predation Substitute Training series “Hunting Together” and “Rocket Recall”.

Simone is proud to be an Associate Trainer at the Scotland-based Lothlorien Dog Training Club (AT-LDTC) and a member of both the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE).

Follow Simone’s work on Facebook and Instagram: #predationsubstitutetraining

Learn more: http://www.predation-substitute-training.com

SimonGadbois

Dr. Simon Gadbois

Simon Gadbois integrates ethology, animal experimental psychology, and behavioural neuroscience to study wild and domestic canids. He completed his Ph.D. in behavioural endocrinology at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research (CCWR) examining the hormonal correlates of social behaviour in wolves, as well as action sequences in wolves, coyotes and red foxes. When the CCWR closed in 2007, he started the Canid Behaviour Research Lab at Dalhousie University and focussed his research on coyote-human conflicts and canine scent detection and search. He is interested in the fundamental science of olfaction and olfactory learning, as well as some applications: His lab has focussed on environmental/conservation, biomedical, and forensic applications of scent processing in dogs.

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Dr. Simon Gadbois

Simon Gadbois integrates ethology, animal experimental psychology, and behavioural neuroscience to study wild and domestic canids. He completed his Ph.D. in behavioural endocrinology at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research (CCWR) examining the hormonal correlates of social behaviour in wolves, as well as action sequences in wolves, coyotes and red foxes. When the CCWR closed in 2007, he started the Canid Behaviour Research Lab at Dalhousie University and focussed his research on coyote-human conflicts and canine scent detection and search. He is interested in the fundamental science of olfaction and olfactory learning, as well as some applications: His lab has focussed on environmental/conservation, biomedical, and forensic applications of scent processing in dogs.

SuzanneClothier

Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier has worked with animals professionally since 1977. Her Relationship Centered Training™ approach blends science and heart to create humane, effective and practical solutions for dogs and the people who work with them, whether professional working dogs or couch warming companions. She has presented workshops around the world on a broad range of topics.

An innovative trainer always seeking better ways to understand, assess and improve what we do with and for dogs, Suzanne has developed a variety of Relationship Centered Training techniques, including Treat/Retreat. The author of the ground-breaking Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) and many other books, DVDs and training tools, she is currently offering online courses for trainers and dog owners.

Her suite of assessment tools provide a powerful framework for trainers and organizations:

  • RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool) – handler/dog dynamics, rapid assessment plus ability to track and compare 
  • CARAT™ (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) – temperament assessment on 6 categories, 21 dimensions 
  • FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tool, release in 2022) – global of functionality/welfare assessment across physiological, social and cognitive dimensions

A long time breeder of German Shepherds, 11 generations of her dogs have been successful in multiple dog sports, SAR, therapy work, and as guide dog breeding stock. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.

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Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier has worked with animals professionally since 1977. Her Relationship Centered Training™ approach blends science and heart to create humane, effective and practical solutions for dogs and the people who work with them, whether professional working dogs or couch warming companions. She has presented workshops around the world on a broad range of topics.

An innovative trainer always seeking better ways to understand, assess and improve what we do with and for dogs, Suzanne has developed a variety of Relationship Centered Training techniques, including Treat/Retreat. The author of the ground-breaking Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) and many other books, DVDs and training tools, she is currently offering online courses for trainers and dog owners.

Her suite of assessment tools provide a powerful framework for trainers and organizations:

  • RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool) – handler/dog dynamics, rapid assessment plus ability to track and compare 
  • CARAT™ (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) – temperament assessment on 6 categories, 21 dimensions 
  • FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tool, release in 2022) – global of functionality/welfare assessment across physiological, social and cognitive dimensions

A long time breeder of German Shepherds, 11 generations of her dogs have been successful in multiple dog sports, SAR, therapy work, and as guide dog breeding stock. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.