Aggression in Dogs Conference Speakers

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Dr. Amy Cook

PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Dr. Amy Cook, Ph.D. has been training dogs for nearly 30 years, and first through Full Circle Dog Training in Oakland, CA, and now through Play Way Dogs, she has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 20 years.

 

She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC (CDBC), a longstanding professional member of the APDT, and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through independent evaluation.

 

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she studied attachment theory, child development, stress and the role of social support. Her own research focused on causal inference, olfactory navigation, and the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem-solving strategies dogs employ.Dr. 

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Dr. Amy Cook

PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Dr. Amy Cook, Ph.D. has been training dogs for nearly 30 years, and first through Full Circle Dog Training in Oakland, CA, and now through Play Way Dogs, she has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 20 years.

 

She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC (CDBC), a longstanding professional member of the APDT, and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through independent evaluation.

 

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she studied attachment theory, child development, stress and the role of social support. Her own research focused on causal inference, olfactory navigation, and the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem-solving strategies dogs employ.Dr. 

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Carmaleta (Carm) Aufderheide

MS, CPDT-KA, CSAT, KPA-CTP

Carmaleta (Carm) is a positive reinforcement/force-free trainer in Springfield, Oregon.  She holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution (CRES), is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

 

 In 2016, Carm completed her Master’s degree in conflict and dispute resolution (CRES) from the University of Oregon.  Her academic journey included research exploring the potential restorative impact of prison animal programming through interviews with incarcerated individuals working with and sharing their confined living quarters with dogs nationwide.  She has contributed insights from her research to a chapter in the book “Prison Dog Programs” published by Springer.  It was this research that inspired her career working with dogs.

From 2016 to 2020, she dedicated her time to transformative initiatives as she co-directed and facilitated an innovative education and restorative justice program with adults in custody at Oregon State Correctional Institution with The Insight Development Group (IDG).  Her work with IDG allowed her to witness firsthand the profound impacts of education and restorative practices among individuals often in conflict with themselves, their past, present, and future.  Drawing inspiration from her research and work with IDG, Carm applies lessons from these experiences to bridge better connections in her work with dogs and their families.

 

Today, Carm owns Northstar Training Solutions, where her work focuses on canine separation anxiety. Building on her background in conflict resolution (CRES), she specializes in bringing mediation and facilitation skills to navigate challenging conversations and enhance outcomes when communication becomes difficult.

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Carmaleta (Carm) Aufderheide

MS, CPDT-KA, CSAT, KPA-CTP

Carmaleta (Carm) is a positive reinforcement/force-free trainer in Springfield, Oregon.  She holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution (CRES), is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

 

 In 2016, Carm completed her Master’s degree in conflict and dispute resolution (CRES) from the University of Oregon.  Her academic journey included research exploring the potential restorative impact of prison animal programming through interviews with incarcerated individuals working with and sharing their confined living quarters with dogs nationwide.  She has contributed insights from her research to a chapter in the book “Prison Dog Programs” published by Springer.  It was this research that inspired her career working with dogs.

From 2016 to 2020, she dedicated her time to transformative initiatives as she co-directed and facilitated an innovative education and restorative justice program with adults in custody at Oregon State Correctional Institution with The Insight Development Group (IDG).  Her work with IDG allowed her to witness firsthand the profound impacts of education and restorative practices among individuals often in conflict with themselves, their past, present, and future.  Drawing inspiration from her research and work with IDG, Carm applies lessons from these experiences to bridge better connections in her work with dogs and their families.

 

Today, Carm owns Northstar Training Solutions, where her work focuses on canine separation anxiety. Building on her background in conflict resolution (CRES), she specializes in bringing mediation and facilitation skills to navigate challenging conversations and enhance outcomes when communication becomes difficult.

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Veronica Boutelle

MA Ed., CTC, author of How To Run a Dog Business

The forces behind dogbiz, the industry’s leading business support company for R+ trainers, Veronica and Gina and their team have been helping dog trainers succeed in business since 2003. Since 2020 their favorite way to do so has been bringing like-minded trainers from all over the world together in their flagship group coaching program THRIVE!

 

Accomplished dog trainers as well as businesswomen, Veronica and Gina previously served respectively as Director of Behavior & Training and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the San Francisco SPCA, and Gina was a central instructor in the Academy for Dog Trainers there. Sought-after speakers nationally and abroad, their experience and expertise are rivaled only by their passion for helping R+ dog trainers achieve business success and love their lives doing what they love.

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Veronica Boutelle

MA Ed., CTC, author of How To Run a Dog Business

The forces behind dogbiz, the industry’s leading business support company for R+ trainers, Veronica and Gina and their team have been helping dog trainers succeed in business since 2003. Since 2020 their favorite way to do so has been bringing like-minded trainers from all over the world together in their flagship group coaching program THRIVE!

 

Accomplished dog trainers as well as businesswomen, Veronica and Gina previously served respectively as Director of Behavior & Training and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the San Francisco SPCA, and Gina was a central instructor in the Academy for Dog Trainers there. Sought-after speakers nationally and abroad, their experience and expertise are rivaled only by their passion for helping R+ dog trainers achieve business success and love their lives doing what they love.

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Jess Erace

LVT, CCAT, CPDT-KA, FFCP (V)

Jess is a licensed veterinary nurse and spent much of her career working in critical care and cardiology. An early proponent of low-stress handling, she has taught and lectured on this subject to veterinary staff. She has an additional certification in animal physical rehabilitation, and currently helps clients with animals who need these modalities but have behavioral needs that prevent them from clinic-based care. Jess also works as a coach and advisor to trainers on cases of human-directed aggression and she teaches group scent classes with a focus on stress relief for dogs who struggle with environmental sensitivities. Her own mixed-breed dog is trained in tracking and titled in nosework, tricks, and cooperative care.  She runs Nose to Toes K9 out of Brooklyn, NY.

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Jess Erace

LVT, CCAT, CPDT-KA, FFCP (V)

Jess is a licensed veterinary nurse and spent much of her career working in critical care and cardiology. An early proponent of low-stress handling, she has taught and lectured on this subject to veterinary staff. She has an additional certification in animal physical rehabilitation, and currently helps clients with animals who need these modalities but have behavioral needs that prevent them from clinic-based care. Jess also works as a coach and advisor to trainers on cases of human-directed aggression and she teaches group scent classes with a focus on stress relief for dogs who struggle with environmental sensitivities. Her own mixed-breed dog is trained in tracking and titled in nosework, tricks, and cooperative care.  She runs Nose to Toes K9 out of Brooklyn, NY.

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Jess Feliciano

CDBC

Jess Feliciano is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and owns RotNDog Training & Behavior Consulting in south Florida. She’s been working with aggression since 2003 and focuses on teaching owners how to train their dogs as well as how to safely live with them. A large emphasis is placed on owner education and she enjoys creating written content as well as seminars for dog owners, too. Jess has also worked extensively in both the shelter field and the veterinary field. In addition, she takes pride in being able to empathize with owners of “aggressive dogs” as she has lived with and cared for a large group of dogs over the years, with the same issues. Having people better understand how to safely live, love, and work with dogs who have challenging behaviors is her goal.

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Jess Feliciano

CDBC

Jess Feliciano is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and owns RotNDog Training & Behavior Consulting in south Florida. She’s been working with aggression since 2003 and focuses on teaching owners how to train their dogs as well as how to safely live with them. A large emphasis is placed on owner education and she enjoys creating written content as well as seminars for dog owners, too. Jess has also worked extensively in both the shelter field and the veterinary field. In addition, she takes pride in being able to empathize with owners of “aggressive dogs” as she has lived with and cared for a large group of dogs over the years, with the same issues. Having people better understand how to safely live, love, and work with dogs who have challenging behaviors is her goal.

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Sam Freeman

CPDT-KSA

Sam is the President and owner of Pet Behavior Solutions. She began her career in animal welfare in 1996, working with pet owners as well as animal welfare organizations, rescues, and animal control agencies. She is the creator of the Core Behavior Assessment™, which is the behavior evaluation program used by many animal shelters and animal control agencies in Arizona. She is also the owner of EduCare for Dogs™. Sam served as interim President and CEO of the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA from May 2006 until October 2007. Sam Freeman is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and has completed specialized education and training in psychology, learning theory, ethology, family counseling, behavior modification techniques, aggression, canine and feline behavior issues, and grief counseling.

 

She is degreed as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and has an Associate in Risk Management and Fraud Claim Law. Sam is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She has also served as a pet grief counselor for the Companion Animal Association of Arizona. She is experienced in all areas of training and behavior for dogs and cats, though she specializes in temperament disorders and aggression. Sam continues to develop her professional skills on an ongoing basis.

 

She writes and frequently lectures at seminars, conferences, and workshops on animal behavior and animal welfare issues. She has authored many articles for magazines, newsletters, and other publications. She has appeared on local television and print media and she is certified as an expert witness in civil trials regarding animal behavior.

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Sam Freeman

CPDT-KSA

Sam is the President and owner of Pet Behavior Solutions. She began her career in animal welfare in 1996, working with pet owners as well as animal welfare organizations, rescues, and animal control agencies. She is the creator of the Core Behavior Assessment™, which is the behavior evaluation program used by many animal shelters and animal control agencies in Arizona. She is also the owner of EduCare for Dogs™. Sam served as interim President and CEO of the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA from May 2006 until October 2007. Sam Freeman is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and has completed specialized education and training in psychology, learning theory, ethology, family counseling, behavior modification techniques, aggression, canine and feline behavior issues, and grief counseling.

 

She is degreed as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and has an Associate in Risk Management and Fraud Claim Law. Sam is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She has also served as a pet grief counselor for the Companion Animal Association of Arizona. She is experienced in all areas of training and behavior for dogs and cats, though she specializes in temperament disorders and aggression. Sam continues to develop her professional skills on an ongoing basis.

 

She writes and frequently lectures at seminars, conferences, and workshops on animal behavior and animal welfare issues. She has authored many articles for magazines, newsletters, and other publications. She has appeared on local television and print media and she is certified as an expert witness in civil trials regarding animal behavior.

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Dr. Jessica Hekman

DVM, PhD

Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master’s degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.

 

She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the “Siberian silver foxes”) which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She has worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a computational biologist, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin’s Ark project and the Working Dogs Project.

 

Today, she runs the Functional Dog Collaborative, a non-profit group which supports ethical breeding of healthy and behaviorally solid dogs. She also teaches behavioral biology at the Virginia Tech online Masters program for Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, and offers webinars online and consults with breeders about genetic testing and breeding choices. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and two dogs.

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Dr. Jessica Hekman

DVM, PhD

Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master’s degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.

 

She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the “Siberian silver foxes”) which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She has worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a computational biologist, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin’s Ark project and the Working Dogs Project.

 

Today, she runs the Functional Dog Collaborative, a non-profit group which supports ethical breeding of healthy and behaviorally solid dogs. She also teaches behavioral biology at the Virginia Tech online Masters program for Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, and offers webinars online and consults with breeders about genetic testing and breeding choices. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and two dogs.

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Sarah Kalnajs

BA, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Sarah has been working with dogs professionally for over twenty-five years and is the owner of Blue Dog Training and Behavior in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC. Sarah is on the board of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, is recognized in the state of Wisconsin as an expert witness in dog behavior, and runs a dog rescue organization.

 

Sarah graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studied comparative cognition between dogs and dolphins through the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a member of the Lab’s humpback whale research team.

 

A popular public speaker since the release of her Language of Dogs and Am I Safe video series (available on DVD and streaming), Sarah has given more than a hundred seminars across the U.S. and internationally to dog training organizations, veterinary schools, dog breed clubs, and rescue/shelter groups. Sarah and her husband Andrew, an engineer, work together with their six dogs to create training tools for professional trainers and dog owners. The most well-known of these tools is the Dog Safe Hands-Free Leash System.

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Sarah Kalnajs

BA, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Sarah has been working with dogs professionally for over twenty-five years and is the owner of Blue Dog Training and Behavior in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC. Sarah is on the board of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, is recognized in the state of Wisconsin as an expert witness in dog behavior, and runs a dog rescue organization.

 

Sarah graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studied comparative cognition between dogs and dolphins through the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a member of the Lab’s humpback whale research team.

 

A popular public speaker since the release of her Language of Dogs and Am I Safe video series (available on DVD and streaming), Sarah has given more than a hundred seminars across the U.S. and internationally to dog training organizations, veterinary schools, dog breed clubs, and rescue/shelter groups. Sarah and her husband Andrew, an engineer, work together with their six dogs to create training tools for professional trainers and dog owners. The most well-known of these tools is the Dog Safe Hands-Free Leash System.

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Laurie Lawless

CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Laurie Lawless is a certified expert in dog behavior with extensive hands-on experience and a successful career in both private consulting and sheltering. Through her private training and surrender prevention programs, she focuses on keeping families together by resolving complicated behavior challenges.

 

Laurie provides guidance for shelter operations and team leadership, and develops or enhances behavior programs already in place. Laurie enjoys working right alongside staff to bolster knowledge and skills assessing and working with complicated dogs. She truly believes in getting more dogs into playgroups and other social activities, increases welfare and decreases length of stay.

 

Laurie has worked alongside top behavior and shelter professionals in the country, serving as a behavior lead with the ASPCA’s Behavior Science Team. She has directly helped many survivors of dog fighting, puppy mills, and hoarding situations overcome their past and prepare for life with a loving family.

In 2019, she opened a training and behavior center in Vermont, serving hundreds of dogs in the community and mentoring and sponsoring the certification of 5 dog trainers through the CCPDT. Laurie closed Dogs Rock! Vermont in 2022 to pursue her dreams of helping shelters.

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Laurie Lawless

CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Laurie Lawless is a certified expert in dog behavior with extensive hands-on experience and a successful career in both private consulting and sheltering. Through her private training and surrender prevention programs, she focuses on keeping families together by resolving complicated behavior challenges.

 

Laurie provides guidance for shelter operations and team leadership, and develops or enhances behavior programs already in place. Laurie enjoys working right alongside staff to bolster knowledge and skills assessing and working with complicated dogs. She truly believes in getting more dogs into playgroups and other social activities, increases welfare and decreases length of stay.

 

Laurie has worked alongside top behavior and shelter professionals in the country, serving as a behavior lead with the ASPCA’s Behavior Science Team. She has directly helped many survivors of dog fighting, puppy mills, and hoarding situations overcome their past and prepare for life with a loving family.

In 2019, she opened a training and behavior center in Vermont, serving hundreds of dogs in the community and mentoring and sponsoring the certification of 5 dog trainers through the CCPDT. Laurie closed Dogs Rock! Vermont in 2022 to pursue her dreams of helping shelters.

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Dr. Kelly Moffat

DVM, DACVB

Dr. Kelly Moffat attended Arizona State University and University of Arizona graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 1993. She then completed an intensive one-year Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Colorado State University.

 

Dr. Moffat practiced small animal medicine at Mesa Veterinary Hospital for 4 years before deciding to join a residency program in veterinary behavior. While continuing her work as a small animal veterinarian, she was mentored by Dr. Gary Landsberg, completed the requirements for her residency, and passed her certifying exam in veterinary behavior in 2004. Dr. Moffat continues to see general practice cases in addition to her specialty behavior consults. She is also Medical Director at this same hospital – now known as VCA Mesa Animal Hospital.

 

Dr. Moffat is an avid proponent of Low Stress and Fear Free handling in the veterinary clinic and promotes this in everyday cases at Mesa Animal Hospital. She lectures nationally at veterinary conferences and has written numerous articles and book chapters. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association. She is also active in her local Kiwanis International club and raised a daughter who is following in her footsteps and beginning veterinary school in the fall at Colorado State.  Dr. Moffat has 4 dogs, 2 cats, chickens, a tortoise and helps with her daughter’s horse. 

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Dr. Kelly Moffat

DVM, DACVB

Dr. Kelly Moffat attended Arizona State University and University of Arizona graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 1993. She then completed an intensive one-year Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Colorado State University.

 

Dr. Moffat practiced small animal medicine at Mesa Veterinary Hospital for 4 years before deciding to join a residency program in veterinary behavior. While continuing her work as a small animal veterinarian, she was mentored by Dr. Gary Landsberg, completed the requirements for her residency, and passed her certifying exam in veterinary behavior in 2004. Dr. Moffat continues to see general practice cases in addition to her specialty behavior consults. She is also Medical Director at this same hospital – now known as VCA Mesa Animal Hospital.

 

Dr. Moffat is an avid proponent of Low Stress and Fear Free handling in the veterinary clinic and promotes this in everyday cases at Mesa Animal Hospital. She lectures nationally at veterinary conferences and has written numerous articles and book chapters. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association. She is also active in her local Kiwanis International club and raised a daughter who is following in her footsteps and beginning veterinary school in the fall at Colorado State.  Dr. Moffat has 4 dogs, 2 cats, chickens, a tortoise and helps with her daughter’s horse. 

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Emma Parsons

BA, KPT-CTP, CDBC

Emma Parsons is currently a Canine Behavior Training Consultant at Gemini Dogs in Littleton, MA as well as owning her own business, Emma Parsons, LLC. She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog and has authored three books on the subject. Emma also works with agility competitors whose dogs are having emotional difficulties when running a course. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA-CTP) as well as of the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo conferences. She is also certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. (CDBC).

 

Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained competition dogs—two Golden Retrievers, Austyn-Roque and Spirit-Rayne, a Border Collie, Joshua Lee Hunt, and a Papillon, Zachary-Benedict.

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Emma Parsons

BA, KPT-CTP, CDBC

Emma Parsons is currently a Canine Behavior Training Consultant at Gemini Dogs in Littleton, MA as well as owning her own business, Emma Parsons, LLC. She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog and has authored three books on the subject. Emma also works with agility competitors whose dogs are having emotional difficulties when running a course. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA-CTP) as well as of the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo conferences. She is also certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. (CDBC).

 

Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained competition dogs—two Golden Retrievers, Austyn-Roque and Spirit-Rayne, a Border Collie, Joshua Lee Hunt, and a Papillon, Zachary-Benedict.

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Gina Phairas

BSc Comms, CTC

The forces behind dogbiz, the industry’s leading business support company for R+ trainers, Veronica and Gina and their team have been helping dog trainers succeed in business since 2003. Since 2020 their favorite way to do so has been bringing like-minded trainers from all over the world together in their flagship group coaching program THRIVE!

 

Accomplished dog trainers as well as businesswomen, Veronica and Gina previously served respectively as Director of Behavior & Training and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the San Francisco SPCA, and Gina was a central instructor in the Academy for Dog Trainers there. Sought-after speakers nationally and abroad, their experience and expertise are rivaled only by their passion for helping R+ dog trainers achieve business success and love their lives doing what they love.

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Gina Phairas

BSc Comms, CTC

The forces behind dogbiz, the industry’s leading business support company for R+ trainers, Veronica and Gina and their team have been helping dog trainers succeed in business since 2003. Since 2020 their favorite way to do so has been bringing like-minded trainers from all over the world together in their flagship group coaching program THRIVE!

 

Accomplished dog trainers as well as businesswomen, Veronica and Gina previously served respectively as Director of Behavior & Training and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the San Francisco SPCA, and Gina was a central instructor in the Academy for Dog Trainers there. Sought-after speakers nationally and abroad, their experience and expertise are rivaled only by their passion for helping R+ dog trainers achieve business success and love their lives doing what they love.

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Sarah Rodriguez

CDBC, CPDT

Sarah has been involved in the animal shelter and rescue community for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CalPoly Pomona and is a graduate of Dr. Roger Abrantes’ prestigious Ethology Institute where she earned her CPDT. She is also a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and works both virtually and locally out of Los Angeles county helping clients find the best in their dog through her business, Home Schooled Hound.  Sarah sees a wide range of cases but has a soft spot for timid dogs, puppies, and shelter dogs. She helps teach staff at a local Fear Free veterinary hospital how to reduce stress in their canine patients and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She helps their clients that exhibit aggression to learn cooperative care so they can live happier and healthier lives. She shares her home with a sassy parrot named Gracie and a sweet shelter dog named Danny who are both her inspiration and teachers.

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Sarah Rodriguez

CDBC, CPDT

Sarah has been involved in the animal shelter and rescue community for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CalPoly Pomona and is a graduate of Dr. Roger Abrantes’ prestigious Ethology Institute where she earned her CPDT. She is also a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and works both virtually and locally out of Los Angeles county helping clients find the best in their dog through her business, Home Schooled Hound.  Sarah sees a wide range of cases but has a soft spot for timid dogs, puppies, and shelter dogs. She helps teach staff at a local Fear Free veterinary hospital how to reduce stress in their canine patients and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She helps their clients that exhibit aggression to learn cooperative care so they can live happier and healthier lives. She shares her home with a sassy parrot named Gracie and a sweet shelter dog named Danny who are both her inspiration and teachers.

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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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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. Clive Wynne

PhD

Dr. Wynne is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and the Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana. He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial).

 

Dr. Wynne founded the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on several TV shows such as National Geographic, Nova ScienceNow, and others. He is the author of a textbook Animal Cognition and is the former editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes. His most recent book is Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2020).

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Dr. Clive Wynne

PhD

Dr. Wynne is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and the Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana. He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial).

 

Dr. Wynne founded the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on several TV shows such as National Geographic, Nova ScienceNow, and others. He is the author of a textbook Animal Cognition and is the former editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes. His most recent book is Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2020).