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Committee Members

Sarah Filipiak, CDBC Sarah Filipiak

Committee Chair, Communications Director

Sarah Filipiak is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who started her Athens, Ohio-based training and consulting business, Best Pets Dog Training LLC, in 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, after which she worked as a newspaper reporter, then editor, for six years.

She was the 2011-12 president of the IAABC and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Sarah has served on the board of her local all-breed dog rescue organization since 2001, is a founding member of the Athens, Ohio Dog Parks Committee and performs behavior evaluations for local humane organizations. She completed an internship with Sue Sternberg in May 2004 and has attended numerous presentations on dog behavior and training. An AKC obedience competitor, Sarah and Kessel Von Fichtenwald, her first clicker-trained dog, earned a High In Trial award Kessel's first time in the ring. Sarah has been quoted in the Popular Dogs Training Series magazines for German Shepherds and for Rottweilers. Besides behavior and learning, her areas of interest include communication, philosophy and theology, technology and all things equine.


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