Welcome to the Dog Division

The IAABC Dog Division welcomes both seasoned and aspiring professional Dog Behavior Consultants. Learn via discussion lists, guided studies, case study tutorials, mentoring, and networking. We work together to enhance the lives of dogs and their people.

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So You Want to be a Behavior Consultant

So You Want to be a Behavior Consultant

Behaviour consulting is a relatively new field in the world of animal behaviour. Behaviour consultants help animals in a very holistic way, taking into account the environment within which they live and learn, the people and other animals they interact with and the needs of their caretakers.  If you are interested in the field of behaviour consulting, there are a number of skills and interests you will need to foster, as well as a drive to continue your education beyond the basics of training animals.

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Georgina Lees-Smith, BSc Hons, Phys, Chem, Med, Biochem, ADBC, Post Grad BNA

Georgina Lees-Smith, BSc Hons, Phys, Chem, Med, Biochem, ADBC, Post Grad BNA

I have had and worked with animals for my entire life & have worked alongside, zoos, rescues, private clients, vets & other specialists (As part of my professional development I regularly shadow specialists that are relevant to the field of behaviour). I believe in a natural approach as much as possible with regards to treatment, therapy and prevention. Over the years, my specialism has developed into affective neuroscience and my approach has developed and is being fine tuned with the science of behaviour in mind.

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Sarah Fulcher, CDBC

Sarah Fulcher, CDBC

Sarah Fulcher is a dedicated and passionate dog trainer living in Trail, British Columbia, Canada. She first started working with dogs in 2001, taking in shelter animals that needed training. Volunteering as a foster home for rescue organizations for many years provided Sarah more valuable experience. She lived with and trained many different canine personalities, and has experience and success with many traditionally difficult to train breeds.

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Sue Alexander, CDBC

Sue Alexander, CDBC

Sue Alexander is a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant and was one of the early members of the IAABC. Sue owns and operates Dogs in the Park Inc. in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. From its earliest days as a club, Dogs in the Park has been a venue that supports families who wish to develop a deeper relationship with their dogs through a thorough understanding of the sciences of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Ethology. Sue provides a wide range of lectures on training and behaviour to her local community as well as developing and presenting webinars, blogs and articles for an international audience.  Most recently, Sue has developed an in house internship program that prepares participants to pass the CPDT examination and continue on within Dogs in the Park as instructors.

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Scott Sheaffer, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Scott Sheaffer, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Scott is the owner of USA Dog Behavior, LLC in Dallas, Texas and has been training dogs all of his life. His real joy and specialty is working with dogs who have behavioral issues including aggression and separation anxiety. He provides private consultations with clients at their location or at his location in the Dallas, Texas area.

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Krystal Ellingson CDBC CPDT-KSA

Krystal Ellingson CDBC CPDT-KSA

Krystal is the founder of Speak Dog LLC, which is the first dedicated ‘positive’ dog training and behavior consulting
  company in the Tri-City and surrounding area where she lives in South-Eastern Washington. Krystal’s love for dogs
  and thirst for knowledge is also shared by the trainers she employs.

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Renee Premaza, CDBC

Renee Premaza, CDBC

Renee Premaza is a graduate With Distinction from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (formerly Cynology College). She is the owner of The Jersey Dog Trainer and has been professionally training dogs of all breeds and ages since 2001. She is a Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – Dog Division, and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

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Jack Grever, ACDBC

Jack Grever, ACDBC

Jack Grever founded Longshot Farms Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Clover, SC.

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Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA (member since 2005) left a 17 year career in the corporate world to move to Bangor, ME to purchase Green Acres Kennel Shop in 1995. Since then Don, his wife Paula, and their team of employees have been offering pet-friendly boarding, daycare, grooming, training classes, behavioral consultations and the sale of wholesome pet food and quality supplies to pet lovers in the greater Bangor community.

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Pamela Dennison, Positive Motivation Dog Training

Pamela Dennison, Positive Motivation Dog Training

Pamela Dennison, CWRI, CDBC (member since 2004) started her own business, Positive Motivation Dog Training, in 1996. Since then she has helped thousands of dogs and handlers build their relationships and solve problems, teaches basic obedience through competition and works with a myriad of behavioral problems, including aggression.

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