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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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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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

As a kid growing up, I had my favorite holidays.  In my opinion, Christmas always had the top spot and Halloween came in a close second!  As we approach Halloween, I am noticing a growing number of pet dog owners are not looking at this time of year with the same sentimental nostalgia that I have.  Actually, some owners refer to Halloween as “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Here’s the good news:  More and more people are asking for advice to help them understand why their dog exhibits unusual behaviors on Halloween and what they can do to make this evening a safe and less stressful time for everyone.  Let’s begin by taking a look at Halloween from a canines perspective:

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Teaching Dogs about children

Teaching Dogs about children

Several years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book entitled. “All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. In his book, he speaks about how people can live a meaningful life by learning from experiences that occur while attending kindergarten. Share everything. Play fair. Don't take things that aren't yours. Don't hit people. If I was going to write a similar book (from a dog’s perspective), it might be titled: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in my Whelping Box. Some of my thoughts would be similar to Robert Fulgham’s, however “Don't hit people” would most likely be changed to “Don’t bite people”.

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