PPG Bloggers

Amanda NewellAmanda Newell (2)
My main passion is welfare and human animal interactions. I have increasingly found that focussing on enrichment, welfare and empathy are at the core of my behaviour consultancy working with horses and their owners. I'm particularly interested in how we can deepen our bonds with horses and other animals in a meaningful way integrating scientific understanding with compassion and love. I have a Masters degree in Anthrozoology from Exeter University and hold a Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour Management. I'm a certified horse specialist with the IAABC and currently studying Horse Behaviour & Welfare on the MSc Equine Science programme at The Royal (Dick) Vet School, Edinburgh University. I'm blogging to share information and knowledge I gain through my studies with everyone who loves and cares for horse welfare.
Anna Francesca BradleyAnna Francesca Bradley (3)
Anna Francesca Bradley MSc BSc (Hons) is a UK based Provisional Clinical and Animal Behaviour and Training Council, Accredited Animal Behaviourist. Anna owns Perfect Pawz! Training and Behaviour Practice www.perfectpawz.co.uk in Hexham, Northumberland UK, where the aim is always to create and restore happy relationships between dog and owner in a relaxed way and using methods based upon sound scientific principles which are always force free and fun.
Barbara HodelBarbara Hodel (15)
In 2015 I completed my Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com). But I have been involved in dog training for the last 15 years and completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as a Delta-accredited instructor in 2007. I have been running Goodog Positive Dog Training on the Northern Beaches Sydney for the last 9 years, running classes on all levels as well as workshops and agility fun classes. We also do in home consultations. I compete in Agility with Shellbe my four year old German Shorthaired Pointer. She has her Excellent Jumping, Novice Agility, Gambler Novice, Snooker Novice, Strategic Pairs Novice Title. Zorbas a Kelpie/Ridgeback cross is retired now but enjoys it at almost 13 years of age. I had a life before dogs and hold a Master's Degree in Modern European History and Economics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Cross University Australia. I have in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Bern, college students in Sydney, as well as middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland.
Carolyn KocmanCarolyn Kocman (6)
After many years in the business world, Carolyn has decided to pursue her passion of working with animals. She is currently a graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling at American College of Applied Science, where she has been attending since 2012. With only some lab work, thesis, and externships remaining before obtaining her final degree, Carolyn is also pursuing plans to add training to her resume. She maintains basic clicker training skills and has a lifetime of experience with a variety of companion animals. She is actively working to open her practice which will focus largely on canine behavioral issues. Carolyn currently serves on the PPG Advocacy Committee.
Cecelia SumnerCecelia Sumner (17)
Cecelia Sumner, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA
Daniel AntolecDaniel Antolec (27)
Daniel H. Antolec, PCT-A, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA completed a 30-year police career which included several years as an instructor of two tactical fields. In 2007 he took a job in a dog daycare and began studying canine behavior and training, which led to credentialing as a professional trainer and behavior consultant. In 2012 Antolec founded Happy Buddha Dog Training. His Labradors (Buddha and Gandhi) are registered Pet Partners therapy dogs.
drayton@pitbullguru.com'Drayton Michaels (7)
Drayton Michaels has been working with dogs professionally for over 16 years. He honed his dog training chops while working as dog walker in both NYC and Seattle. In May of 2007, he received his certification in dog training and behavior consulting from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, directed by award-winning author and dog expert, Jean Donaldson and renowned canine behaviorist and trainer, Janis Bradley. In 2013 Drayton completed and the Course Living and Learning with Animals taught by Dr. Susan Friedman. Drayton owns and operates Urban Dawgs and Pit Bull Guru tow positive read based dog training business in Red Bank NJ. Drayton has created and appeared in a number of films advocating for Pit Bulls, such as Beyond The Myth (Netflix) and The Pit Bull Hoax. Additionally Drayton creates dog training media focuses on force free approaches. Check out his training videos at YouTube.com/urbandawgs You can reach Drayton at http://www.pitbullguru.com or http://www.urbandawgs.com/
eileenbanderson@sbcglobal.net'Eileen Anderson (41)
About eileenanddogs: Passionate amateur dog trainer, writer, and learning theory geek. See more at http://eileenanddogs.com.
Ewa HighlandEwa Highland (1)
Ewa gained her foundational 5 year long education from the Working Dog Club in Sweden, where she also worked with temperament tests and ran courses from Puppy all through to Competition level. After moving to the UK 2006, she gained her Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from Anglian Ruskin University, as well as Clicker education from Kay Laurence/ Helen Philips (CAP 1 & 2). She has studied the Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) as well as Functional Assessment and Intervention Design (FAID) for Dr Susan Friedman. Ewa is constantly on the learning journey, following science within Animal Cognition and Training as well as human psychology. Ewa takes a special interest in an Applied Behavioural Analysis approach towards animal training and problem solving, however she is never ruling out Ethological perspectives as a foundational understanding for any animals function. Ewa has competed in Working Trials, Competitive Obedience and Conformation Showing. Ewa regularly sees clients for Behavioural Consultations as well as general training. Ewa also gives top level Grooming courses for the interested Schnauzer owner as well as show handling courses. She has produced two DVD's which are selling world wide - Puppy training and Home care and Miniature Schnauzer Grooming. Ewa lives with her husband Andrew, 10 dogs and 3 horses in Sussex, England, UK.
Louise Stapleton-FrappellLouise Stapleton-Frappell (25)
Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. (Univ. of Leeds). Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through The Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor. Clicker Competency Assessment Programme Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Animal Behavior and Welfare Verified Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Dog Emotion and Cognition Verified Certification. Louise is a passionate advocate of Force-Free Training, promoting a positive image of the "Bully" Breeds and advocating against Breed Specific Legislation in favor of breed neutral laws and education about dog bite safety and prevention. Proud "Mum" to Jambo - Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog: The first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to achieve the Title of Trick Dog Champion. Louise is a Steering Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild; she is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor; Co-Presenter of PPG World Service Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College. Performed as the Dog Trick Instructor at In The Doghouse DTC. Owner and teacher/trainer at Happy Dogs Estepona. Louise is also the creator of the TrickMeister Titles and the DogNostics Training Meister Courses - a comprehensive force-free training program aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals
Margaret GrayMargaret Gray (5)
Margaret's love for dogs goes way back. After her first encounter with obedience clubs and choker chains 35 years ago, she started training her own dogs and helping friends & colleagues to train theirs in benign ways that were directly opposed to force based methods. After retiring from a lifetime of teaching high school students, Margaret decided to take up dog training as a hobby. She obtained a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society of Australia and is currently studying for a certificate through CASI. What started as a hobby has now become a rather busy business in a location where force free training has been little understood and still less practised.
Niki@petprofessionalguild.com'Niki Tudge (21)
Niki is the Founder & President of The Pet Professional Guild. Niki is also the founder of DogNostics Career College and The DogSmith a national licensing company for dog training and pet care company
Pam HoglePam Hogle (27)
Pam Hogle is a freelance writer and editor who focuses on dogs. Her Thinking Dog Blog (www.thinkingdogblog.com) looks at how dogs think and learn and encourages readers to challenge their dogs' minds as they improve their relationships with those dogs. Pam also teaches at the Bergin University of Canine Studies in Rohnert Park, California, an accredited university that focuses on the human-canine partnership. She lives in Petaluma, California with two thinking golden retrievers, Jana and Cali.
petpsych@gmail.com'Pet Professional Guild Cat Committee (9)
A group of Pet Professional Guild members who are feline behavior specialists have formed the PPG Cat Committee. The Cat Committee aims to help members who are interested in feline behavior add to their knowledge about this species that shares its life with so many people throughout the world. They provide webinars and educational information on many feline topics and encourage everyone to learn more about the fascinating feline!
Sally MarchantSally Marchant (5)
Sally Marchant is a dog trainer and behaviourist who runs www.naturallyhappydogs.com to bring hours of expert video information to dog owners worldwide and www.dog-and-bone.co.uk which runs training and behaviour seminars for dog professionals.
Susan McKeonSusan McKeon (1)
Susan McKeon, BSc (Hons), is a UK-based professional dog trainer and behaviourist who runs Happy Hounds Dog Training & Behaviour. Susan loves all dogs but her particular passion is working with and training sighthounds. Her philosophy is to provide dog training and behaviour advice that is practical and realistic for the 21st century dog owner. Susan is a strong advocate for using force-free training methods, based on the up-to-date, scientific principles of how dogs learn, and does not advocate the use of any methods that inflict pain or fear. Susan holds a BSc (Hons) in canine behaviour and training, and is also a full member of the Pet Professional Guild, British Isles (member no: 8671373), and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK (member no: 01157). She is also recognised as a Registered Animal Training Instructor by the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC). Susan lives with her husband plus two rescue greyhounds, a saluki and young rescue cat.
Susan NilsonSusan Nilson (5)
Susan Nilson BA (Hons) DipCABT (UK) PCBC-A is a journalist and animal behavior consultant based in Los Angeles, CA. She is editor of PPG's bi-monthly trade publication, BARKS from the Guild and membership communication chair for PPG.
Theo StewartTheo Stewart (23)
I work as a canine behaviour trainer - a sort of dog supernanny! I am a VSPDT (Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer) and a member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers amongst many other things. I was originally involved in 'old-school' dog training and am a cross-over (I'm no spring chicken sadly). The advantages of having personally experienced both force and force-free methods is that I have proved over and over how much more effective and permanent positive methods are.
Tiffany LovellTiffany Lovell (3)
Tiffany Lovell is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and owner of Cold Nose College,Space Coast,FL. She has a degree in Animal Assisted Interactions and is a certified separation anxiety trainer (CSAT). She offers in-home, private training and behavior consulting in Brevard county, FL and assists dogs with separation anxiety anywhere in the world by working remotely. A former veterinary nurse, Tiffany holds a certificate in low-stress handling techniques from Dr. Sophia Yin. She shares her home with four amazing dogs, several sweet cats and her animal-loving husband.
Tonya WilhelmTonya Wilhelm (13)
Tonya Wilhelm, a dedicated dog training and cat care specialist, author, and public speaker, has traveled the US presenting seminars promoting positive ways to prevent and manage dog and cat behavior issues with a holistic approach. Named one of the top ten dog trainers in the United States, she has helped thousands of pet parents build happy, long-lasting relationships with their dogs using only humane, kind, and positive pet training methods. She has authored a variety of books, including Proactive Puppy Care, Please Stay-Help For A Dog With Separation Anxiety, Dexter's Delights-Fun and Healthy Treats For Dogs, and What's For Dinner, Dexter?: Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory. Tonya is a frequent blogger and contributor to various magazines. Local clients can choose group dog training classes or private, one-on-one behavioral training. Globally, Tonya provides pet training and behavior services via phone and the internet, and presents workshops at pet expos. Visit Tonya at www.raisingyourpetsnaturally.com