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Certifications, Memberships, Training, Seminars, and Conferences

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – Certified Member # 025
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (
  • Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (
  • Association Pet Dog Trainers – Professional Member
  • The Pet Professional Guild
  • The Companion Animal Sciences Institute – formerly Cynology College –
  • Academy of Animal Arts – December 2000 – March 2001
  • Certified Pet Dog Trainer – November 2001
  • Proactive Positive Dog Training – June 16-17, 2001 – Chuck Tompkins, President & Curator SeaWorld, in Orlando & Thad Lacinak, Vice President and Nationwide Director of Animal Training for Busch Entertainment Corporation
  • Owners & Breeders Symposium– July 28, 2001 – University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Aggression Workshop – December 9, 2001- Chuck Tompkins, President & Curator SeaWorld in Orlando
  • Advanced Canine Behavior – January 12-13, 2002 – Dr. Patricia McConnell – received her Ph.D. in Zoology – Advanced Canine Behavior Seminar – topics included canid ethology and dog-dog aggression
  • Problem Solving – August 17-18, 2002 – Dr. Pamela Reid – Applied Animal Behaviorist – topics included developing treatment plans, options available, canine ethology, genetics, sensitive period of development, socialization, canine communication, learning theory, common behavior problems, separation anxiety, compulsive behaviors, breeds and aggression
  • The ABC’s of Dog Training and Dog Aggression – November 2-3, 2002 – Chuck Tompkins & Thad Lacinak of Behavior International, topics included learning theory, communication, incorrect behavior, phobias, problem prevention and having fun!
  • Canine Sports Massage – April 25, 2003 – Debbie Roik, CVT, LMT – Certified Canine Massage Therapist
  • John Rogerson’s – 2-Day Behavior & Training Lecture –  April 26-27, 2003 – John Rogerson – Founder & Principle Lecturer, Northern Centre for Canines, Great Britain – topics included puppy behavior & development , dog – human aggression, development of behavior problems, dog-dog aggression, dog-child aggression
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar – Four-Day Instructor’s Workshop – May 6-9, 2004  Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, dog trainer, and writer.  He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honours degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University), and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten years researching the development of hierarchical social behavior and aggression in domestic dogs.  Dr. Dunbar founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was instrumental in popularizing off-leash puppy training classes, temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training.  He is currently Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California.  Topics included canine sexual behavior, doggie play, social behavior, friendliness, fighting and biting, changing behavior and motivation of dogs and people and extreme quantification in dog training
  • Annual Dog Owners and Breeders Symposium – July 31, 2004 University of Florida, Gainesville.  Topics included Physical Therapy, Epilepsy update, Home Dentistry, Separation Anxiety, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Feeding for Agility, Zoonotic Disease update, Injuries in Active Dogs, Osteosarcoma and Large Breeds and Urinary Incontinence.
  • Kay Laurence Seminar – November 2 – 3, 2004 Courteous Canine, Inc. Kay taught an exciting course on developing new ways of enhancing communication between dog and trainer as well as practical techniques to keep both energized during training sessions! Kay has introduced a method of certifying the level of clicker trainer skills called CAP (Competency Assessment Program).
  • Mote Marine Laboratory – January 21-22, 2005 Mote Marine Laboratory – Volunteer Animal Handler Techniques – Dolphin and Whale Hospital/Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Cover, Kayce – March 20, 2005, in Palm Harbor Florida I attended a semi-private lesson and introduction to Bridge and Target training and Perception Modification.  Kayce’s resume includes Certified, eligible for licensure, Teacher of Science, Virginia 2002, MSED, Old Dominion University, Virginia, Dec. 2002 BS, Animal Science, University of Maryland, Dec.1989 and more than thirty years working with multiple species.  Check her website out at
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference – Animals & Other Nations  Coventry School for Dogs – Columbia Maryland – June 3- 5, 2005 – Behavior Consultants Conference – 1st Annual – Topics discussed and demonstrations included the following:
  • Dr. Myrna Milani, MS, D.V.M.,  State of the Companion – Animal Nation and State of the Companion – Animal Client Nation
  • Pam Johnson-Bennett, Feline Expert & Author, Feline Litter Box Troubleshooting
  • Patricia Bentz – Case Study: Dog with Phobias
  • Darlene Arden, Author & Toy Dog Expert – Small Dog Issues
  • Panel Discussion, Steve Dale, Moderator – Beyond Training…Living in Balance with Your Animals – Panel included Pam Johnson-Bennett, Lynn Hoover, Dr. R.K. Anderson, Chris Bach and Dr. Joanne Oliva-Purdy
  • Pam Dennison – Modifying Aggression
  • R.K. Anderson, D.V.M. and Janet Velenovsky – Canine Behavior with Motivation & Gentle Leader Headcollar & Easy Walk Harness
  • Lynn Hoover, IAABC Founder & President  – I Have A Dream
  • Steve Dale – Keynote Speaker
  • Debbie Winkler, IAABC Vice President – Moderator
  • How to Conduct Behavioral Assessments for Private Consultations & Shelters – Sarah Kalnajs – July 25, 2005
  • Dr. Ray Coppinger, professor of biology at Hampshire College, author with his wife Lorna of the book “Dogs, A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution”.  Dr. Coppinger has studied dogs around the world, as well as being an award winning sled dog racer.  The three-day seminar addressed the natural history of dogs, ethology of dogs, and cognition and emotion in dogs.  The conference was held November 18th, 19th and 20th of 2005, at Wolf Park in Battle Creek Indiana.  Wolf Park is an education and research facility devoted to the study of wolf behavior. Founded by Dr. Erich Klinghammer in 1972, the park keeps animals in large, semi-natural enclosures for observational research and education.  The nearly two dozen wolves, two foxes, coyote and fifteen bison housed on the property serve as ambassador animals, educating the public about wolves, their relatives and prey species, and their management in captivity.
  • The Business of Dog Training: The Single Session Model – Rachel Friedman – January 11, 2006 – Conventional models of private in home dog training usually consist of a series of hour or 90 minutes sessions working on the specific training issues that compelled the person to call for help in the first place. Meeting weekly or twice monthly or creating packages of training sessions may in fact help the client improve his/her relationship in training the dog, but may miss out on the deeper picture of truly communicating an understanding of dog behavior in a real life context.
  • Basic Behavioral Neuroanatomy – February 11, 2006 – Lore Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB – Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine – This course was a pre-requisite to Introduction to Neurobiology of Behavior and Learning Part 1 and upcoming lecture (April 20, 2006) Introduction to Neurobiology of Behavior and Learning Part II.
  • Introduction to Neurobiology of Behavior and Learning Part 1 – February 16, 2006 – Lore Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB – Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  This course was an introduction to the concepts and vocabulary of the biology of behavior. This course served as a pre-requisite for upcoming courses, including the course on how behavior affects the brain in April 2006.
  • Animal Behavior Answers – Including Positive Secrets of Exotic Animal Trainers – March 18 19, 2006 – Dallas Texas.  Presenter/Lecturers include Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis – University of North Texas, Kellie Snider, Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst, and Barbara Heidenreich, Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology University of California at Davis 1990.  Topics included the latest on Poisoning the Cue research and clicker training by Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Aggression Research by Kellie Snider and Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Secrets from and Exotic Animal Trainer by Barbara Heidenreich.
  • Dogs Bite: But Balloons & Slippers Are More Dangerous – Janis Bradley – March 22, 2006 – Dogs are dangerous. And they are more dangerous to children than adults. Not as dangerous, of course, as kitchen utensils, drapery cords, five-gallon water buckets, horses, or cows. Not nearly as dangerous as playground equipment, swimming pools, skateboards or bikes. And not remotely as dangerous as family, friends, guns or cars. Janis discusses the research she did for her recently released book (of the same name), which explores the reality of dog bites and dog fatalities.
  • The Cognitive Revolution – Dr. Ashlynn d’Harcourt – April 5, 2006 – The shift in the field of psychology from studying only stimulus-response behavior to include the study of mental processes (Cognitivism) may cross over to other fields, such as those involving animal behavior. This course covers the paradigm shift in psychology, starting with an overview of the philosophical roots and some of the more influential personalities of behaviorism and then cognitive psychology. From this historical perspective, it will become clear why cognitive psychology arose only in the last 50 years. We will also explore major advantages and disadvantages of each approach to the study of psychology
  • Introduction to Neurobiology of Behavior and Learning Part II (formerly “Biology of Learning: How Behavior Affects the Brain and How the Brain Affects Behavior”) – April 21, 2006 – Dr. Lore Haug – This course discussed how the brain actually changes because of behavior. We’ve always been told we aren’t supposed to let animals practice undesirable behaviors. This class told us why. This was a must for trainers working with serious behavior problems.
  • Managing Chaos at the Door Teleclass – Daniel Estep, Ph.D.  – June 8, 2006 – Learn how to manage dogs at the door effectively without creating a chaotic situation.
  • Motivation for Behavior:  Instincts, Motor Patterns and Drives in Domestic Dogs – Ken McCort – June 21, 2006 – Certain responses are due to learning and others are based on heredity. Knowing what they are and how they affect the dog are a very important part of understanding why certain breeds behave the way they do. They are also a key element for trainers to better understand whether a behavior is modifiable at all. Severely punishing these innate behaviors can have serious consequences on the dog’s well being. This session discusses what these behaviors are and how they affect our dogs’ lives with humans.
  • Empower or Overpower?  Reaching the Middle Ground with Our Clients and Our Pets – Dr. Susan Friedman – What is the relationship between control and behavior health?  Do we empower our pets and risk animal anarchy or overpower them and risk breaking their spirits?  In this Telecourse, Dr. Friedman discusses what science contributes to the current debate.
  • Evaluating the Quadrant: Learning Theory in Practice – Dr. Ian Dunbar – August 2, 2006 Regardless of individual training methods and techniques, effectiveness depends on a thorough understanding of learning theory.  Unfortunately, the creedal principles of learning theory do not necessarily work in practice.
  • 10Th Annual Dog Owners & Breeders Symposium – University of Florida – July 29, 2006  Topics included Heartworm Disease update, Heat Stroke, Identifying Life Threatening Clinical Signs, Herbal Medicine, Canine Aggression, Breeding Healthier Dogs through Genetic Counseling, Cancer Breakthroughs.
  • 8th Annual Florida Cat Conference – University of Florida – July 29, 2006 – Advanced Feline Behavior – Dr. Terri Curtis – Topics included Compulsive Disorders, Social Behavior, Communication & Aggression in Cats and Feline Inappropriate Elimination.
  • Tomato, tomäto; potato, potäto – what’s in a word? – September 20, 2006 – Jean Donaldson & Dr. Susan Friedman.  Four articles were discussed, two from each author, as they have addressed the great dominance debate and the need for a standard trainer’s lexicon.  A debate over terminology and effective communication is occurring within the companion animal communities.  The dominance construct has permeated the dog, cat and parrot communities, and has even worked its way into the world of rodents and reptiles!  This course was designed to discuss exactly what dominance is (or isn’t!) and how the terminology of behavior can help one become a better consultant and help turn our chosen field into a respected profession.
  • How to Read and Evaluate Scientific Research – Dr. Ashlyn d’Harcourt – October 4, 2006 – Companion animal professionals are working very hard to bring our chosen profession out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century!  Most companion animal professionals are not trained in scientific research. Attendance for this course was to help gain a basic understanding of how studies of dog behavior are conducted and how to read them.
  • Resolving Behavior Problems Two Part Series – Dr. Susan Friedman – October 11 & 18, 2006
  • Part 1: Assessing Predictors and Purposes – Behavior is not something an animal “has” but rather something it “does” given some conditions and not others. When we think that problem behaviors are due to something inside the animal we naturally consider it the animal’s problem.  When we think that problem behaviors are due to the conditions under which the behavior is demonstrated, we try to change the conditions, that part of behavior we can do something about.  In this presentation, a model for assessing how conditions set the occasion for and reinforce problem behaviors was discussed. This model, called functional assessment, reveals answers to the three fundamental behavior-change questions: What (identify the problem behavior in observable, unambiguous terms); when (predict the conditions under which it will occur and not occur); and, why (what purpose does it serve for the animal).
  • Part 2: Building Behavior Change Plans Systematically – After completing a functional assessment of a problem behavior to determine the conditions under which the behavior occurs, the next step in the process of solving behavior problems is to systematically design a behavior change plan.  The most successful interventions are those that arrange conditions to make the problem behavior irrelevant (provides the same, or more, reinforcement for desirable alternative behaviors); inefficient (makes it easier to perform the right behavior than the problem behavior); and ineffective (reduces or eliminates reinforcement for the problem behavior).  In this workshop, a model for designing interventions was discussed as well as the ethical standard for selecting behavior change strategies known as the “most positive, least intrusive” procedural hierarchy.
  • Seeing the Forest as Well as the Trees: How to collect and interpret a comprehensive canine behavioral/bond history – Myrna Milani, DVM – October 25, 2006 & November 1, 2006. Because so much of science-based education uses a problem-oriented approach, it’s only natural that those engaged in treating canine behavioral problems would want to focus the bulk, if not all of their attention on the animal’s problem.  However, nothing can be more frustrating—and embarrassing!–than to discover after-the-fact that a critical piece of information necessary to successfully diagnose and treat a canine behavioral problem was missed because an inadequate history was taken.  In this course, we learned the fundamentals of quality history-taking and how to critically analyze and interpret the results.
  • Muzzling Dangerous Dogs: Is Canine Profiling Effective? Ledy VanKavage, Esq. and Debora Bresch, Esq., Legislative Services, ASPCA.  – November 14, 2006 – Dog attacks and legislators act.  The presentation included facts regarding dog attacks and what public policies do and don’t do.  This discussion included how to construct effective dangerous dog laws to protect the public and the rights of responsible dog owners.
  • The Business of Burnout – Dani Weinberg, Ph.D. – November, 29, 2006 Burnout is the ultimate crisis of self-esteem, so it’s easy to see how being in that state can have an impact on our business success.  Taking money for our services can be especially difficult when self-esteem is low. In this session, we discussed some of the major sources of burnout – the Dreaded “Shoulds” and the Warm Fuzzies – and how to get past them and back to functioning happily and effectively.
  • Order Out of Chaos I: Collecting and Analyzing a Comprehensive Canine Separation Anxiety History – Myrna Milani, DVM – March 7, 14, 21, 2007. The course objective was to provide critical thinking skills necessary to collect and analyze the diverse background information that contributes to the equally diverse problem behaviors collectively known as Separation Anxiety (SA). Aggression cases often carry more cachet because of the element of danger inherent in them, but cases involving separation anxiety displays may pose much greater challenges.
  • Order Out of Chaos II: Formulating Viable Separation-Anxiety Treatment Programs – Myrna Milani, DVM – May 9, 16, and 23, 2007.  The course objective provided participants with skills necessary to convert information gathered in the Separation Anxiety history to a viable treatment program for a particular dog suffering from some form of Separation Anxiety in a particular physical and emotional environment.  Limitations of a one-size-fits-all treatment approach to these problems becomes obvious after a complete history is retained. To address this problem this course offered a 3-pronged treatment approach designed to take into account the variety of contributing factors that may complicate this type of case. The first focuses on the dog: What treatment options are available and which would best alleviate the stress that is causing this animal’s problem behavior?  The second considers environmental factors that may be altered or eliminated.  The third considered the client: What can they do to eliminate those elements in their relationship with the dog that are contributing to this animal’s stress?
  • 11th Annual Dog Owners & Breeders Symposium – University of Florida – August 4, 2007
    • A.M. Session included Positive Training Techniques, How We Save Teeth, Avoiding and Managing Ear Disease, Neonatal Care, The Itchy Dog, Vaccine update, Genetic Testing and Counseling, Imaging News, Heart updates, Breed Specific Ocular Issues, Obesity.
    • P.M Session – Senior Care topics covering Aging, Kidneys, Cancer, Arthritis, Hypothyroidism fact or fiction, Pain management, Cataracts, Strokes and Dementia and the Failing Heart.
  • Limited Editions Seminar A New Dog Dawning: Rethinking common beliefs that undermine canine health, behavior, and the human-canine bond with Myrna Milani, MS, DVM August 11-12, 2007.  This was a private session in Charlestown, NH. Discussion included the continued role these beliefs play in the physical and behavioral deterioration of companion dogs.  The beliefs discussed included:
  • Humans domesticated dogs
  • A healthy, well-behaved dog creates a solid bond with the owner
  • Scientific evidence = truth
  • The problem-oriented method is the best way to resolve canine medical and behavioral problems
  • Dogs love us unconditionally.
  • Responsible dog owners spay or neuter their pets
  • Faulty genes cause problems
  • Positive methods represent the most humane and natural way to teach dog
  • Limited Editions Seminar A New Dog Dawning: Rethinking common beliefs that undermine canine health, behavior, and the human-canine bond with Myrna Milani, MS, DVM October 4 – 5, 2008.  Attendance at this session was not simply repeating last year’s topics.  It was further in-depth study of these same topics as well as new emerging studies or ideas pertaining to these topics.  This was a semi-private session held in Charlestown, NH at Dr. Milani’s home. Discussion included the continued role the following beliefs play in the physical and behavioral deterioration of companion dogs.  The topics and associated beliefs discussed included:
  • Humans domesticated dogs
  • A healthy, well-behaved dog creates a solid bond with the owner
  • Scientific evidence = truth
  • The problem-oriented method is the best way to resolve canine medical and behavioral problems
  • Dogs love us unconditionally.
  • Responsible dog owners spay or neuter their pets
  • Faulty genes cause problems
  • Positive methods represent the most humane and natural way to teach dogs
  • Companion Animal Ethology Practical Insights into Physiology, Behavior, and the Human-Animal Bond with Myrna Milani,  BS, DVM,  April 18-19, 2009 sponsored by Canine Country Academy in Dacula Georgia.
  • International Association Animal Behavior Consultants Providence RI April 1,2 & 3 Multi-species and species-specific presentations on Behavior and Advanced Behavior, speakers
  • Brenda Aloff “Negative reinforcement is not an Evil Phrase”
  • Bob Bailey “One Man’s History of Applied Animal Psychology” and “Behavior Economics: How Much is that Cookie Worth?
  • Dr. Nicholas Dodman “Compulsive Behavior Across Species”
  • Dr. Frank McMillan (Best Friends) “Psychological Aspects of Abuse and Neglect” and “Psychological Trauma in Animals: PTSD and Beyond
  • Dr. Myrna Milani “Where The Sun Don’t Shine ~ The Dark Side of the Human Animal Bond”
  • Kathryn Lord “Sensory Development in Wolves vs Dogs”
  • Ken McCort “Animals and Intention Thinking: Do they do it and is it necessary?”
  • Dr. Jim Akenhead “The Well-Balanced Rockstar,” assessing operating style and foundation thinking system
  • Victoria Stillwell
  • Dr. Sheila D’Arpino “Working with Food Aggressive Dogs”
  • Barbara Handelman “Two species, Same Solution: Clicker Training for Powerful Pullers”
  • Gina Phairas (DogTech) “Training for a Living” Day training
  • Cara Shannon “Leash Lungers Anonymous”
  • Multi-species Panel “Developing Self Control: A Multi-Species Panel”
  • Dr. Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology and Ethology, BA Philosophy.  Dr. Abrantes is known for his views on social behavior, its applications to the daily understanding of pet behavior, his no-nonsense working methods, practical, thorough application of ethology and learning theory, teaching new patterns patiently and step by step.  Presented by University of Doglando Orlando Florida May 13, 14 & 15
  • May 13th The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior Dog Language
  • May 14th The Brave New World of Dog Training Science with a Brain and Heart Day One
  • May 15th The Brave New World of Dog Training Science with a Brain and Heart Day Two
  • Deconstructing the Growl Rethinking Canine Aggression with Dr. Sophia Yin and Sarah Kalnajs September 10th and 11th Orlando FL.
  • Training that works for all Creatures
  • Recognizing Brewing Aggression Problems in Dogs
  • Rapid Reversal of Brewing Aggression Problems
  • Where Did It All Go Wrong:
  • Fixing What Went Wrong
  • Dominance vs. Leadership: Wolf Behavior & Dominance Theory as Poor Models for Understanding Dogs
  • Learn to Earn: Safe & Fun Alternatives to the Alpha Role
  • The Many Faces of Fear and Aggression: Taking your techniques to the next level
  • The Well Adjusted Cat – One Day Workshop
  • Secrets to Understanding Feline Behavior
  • This workshop has been approved for 6 CEU’s through IAABC and AAVSB/RACE.
  • Friday, Nov 4th, 2011
  • Host: Florida Atlantic University
  • Davie, FL 33314
  • The Well Adjusted Dog – Two Day Workshops
  • Secrets to Understanding Canine Behavior
  • This workshop has been approved for 13 CEU’s through AAVSB, IAABC & CCPDT.Saturday & Sunday, Nov 5th & 6th, 2011
  • Host: Florida Atlantic University
  • Davie, FL 3331
  • Tuning Into your Dog
  • A weekend with Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB and Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB
  • An Up-to-the-Minute Update on Canine Communication, Patricia McConnell, January 7, 2012
  • What not to Err: Training Mistakes that Create Headaches for Dogs and A Lot in Life is Free: An Alternative to Rank-based Training Models, Kathy Sdao, January 8, 2012
  • Saving Lives with Antibody Titer Tests September 2011

Leading vaccine researcher Dr. Ronald Schultz doesn’t want to see any more shelter pets die just because they’ve been exposed to a deadly infectious disease. That’s why he offered a shelter a chance to make a different choice during their next outbreak, allowing them to save the lives of 17 dogs. How did they do it? With the use of a simple in-house antibody titer test that revealed which pets had an immunity to the disease.

What was covered:

  • What an antibody titer test measures
  • The types and meaning of “immunity”
  • How to read/interpret an antibody titer
  • How we know titer tests work, and for what diseases
  • The research behind the TiterCHEK and VacciCheck on-site tests
  • Recommended core canine and feline vaccines
  • How to prevent or reduce shelter outbreaks with antibody titer testing
  • Antibody titer testing for companion animals


  • Your Secret Feline Decoder Ring: Feline Behavior Assessments May 17, 2012

Your Secret Feline Decoder Ring: Feline Behavior Assessments with Maddie’s InstituteSM consultant Susan Krebsbach, DVM. Dr. Krebsbach presented an overview of the unique behavior characteristics of the cat, what those characteristics are telling us, as well as how to use that information in formal feline behavior assessments.

What we learned:

  • Why what we know about dog behavior assessments may not help us with cats
  • The nuts and bolts of how feline behavior assessments work
  • Challenges of designing and using feline behavior assessments, and additional work that needs to be done in the field
  • The pros and cons of currently available feline behavior assessment tools
  • How to conduct a behavioral intake exam for a cat
  • Tips for creating a plan that will lead to eventual successful placement in a home, rescue group, barn cat program, or other appropriate outcome
  • How to assess behavior on an ongoing basis to determine whether the individual plan needs to be revised

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