Education and Credentials

Dog training is unregulated.  It’s important to know the credentials, certifications and education your trainer has.  Here is a list of my credentials, education, certifications and continuing education.  I’m happy to explain or clarify any of these and why they’re important.


• Bachelor of Science –The University of the State of New York at Stony Brook/Regents College
• Certificate in Training and Counseling, CTC with Honors – The Academy for Dog Trainers (under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson)
• CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed) – Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT) (only one of three in all of Connecticut )
• PCBC-A (Professional Canine Behavior Consultant) –  Pet Professional Accreditation Board (only one of 12 worldwide)
• Fear Free Elite Certified Professional
• Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator – CGC, Star Puppy, Community Canine and Urban CGC
• Pet Professional Guild (PPG) – full member
• Family Paws Parent Educator
• The Family Dog Private Trainer (including all educational and bite prevention programs for schools)
• Bright and Beautiful Certified Therapy Dog team with my rescue dog, BooBoo
• Referral Trainer for Delhi The Street Dog Foundation
• Referral Trainer for Westchester SPCA
• Referral and Staff Trainer for Gotham Veterinary Center
• Member of Pet Professional Guild’s Shelter and Rescue Committee
• Certified Pet First Aid and CPR – American Safety and Health Institute
• Previous Staff Trainer for Animal Haven
• Previous Trainer for NJ Chapter of Pets for Vets


• The Emotional World of Dogs: New Insights into Behavior and Training with Dr. Daniel Mills
• Fearful Dogs (Debbie Jacobs) seminar
• Living and Learning with Animals with Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD.
• AcademyFest seminar with Jean Donaldson at Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
• Diploma in Personal Nutrition with Distinction – The Shaw Academy
• How Mothers Matter: The Influence of Early Maternal Interaction on Offspring Behavior and Development
• Update on the Science Behind CBD (Cannabidiol) Use for Pets
• Dog Bite Prevention Week Webinar Summit
• Fear Free Certification Program
• Understanding Medical Conditions and Pain
• Feline Destructive Scratching Solutions
• Human Directed Feline Aggression
• Infectious Diseases: What Trainers Need To Know
• Presenter at Wold Dog Expo 2018: Socialization and Counterconditioning in a Shelter environment
• Presenter at Animal Haven: Bringing Home Baby: Preparing Your Dog For Your Human Arrival
• iCatCare: Getting to know your cat – An Introduction To Feline Behavior
• Nailed It: Canine Nail Course
• How To Muzzle Train Your Dog
• Leave It For Leash Reactivity


• AP News: Virtual Training Can Be Good for trainers, owners and dogs
• Fear Free Pets: Taking Your Training Business Online
• The Academy for Dog Trainers: Graduate Case Study
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• Rover Crate Series: Best Wooden Crates, Dog Crate End Tables and Best Collapsible Dog Crates
• Kristi Benson: Good Alternatives to E-Fencing – The Experts Weigh In
• Eileen and Dogs: Guest Blog Post: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? But We Live In NJ!
• Eileen and Dogs: Guest Blog Post: Spray With Caution!