We are proud to work with some of the best and most renowned dog behaviorists, trainers and Academic experts to provide the best training and education available.
Raymond Coppinger, PhD
Raymond majored in literature and philosophy as an undergraduate at Boston University. His Ph.D. thesis in biology (at the University of Massachusetts) is on the effect of experience and novelty on avian feeding behavior. He joined the founding faculty at Hampshire College in 1969, where he is professor of biology. He teaches and does research on animal behavior, especially the behavior of canines.
Ray's first professional studies of dogs occurred on the runners of a dog sled. During a twelve-year mushing career, he progressed from a five-dog to a sixteen-dog team, won many races on the northeast (USA) circuits, and developed a new strain of fast, responsive sled dogs. Many of these were sold to drivers bound for the Alaskan championship races. His research projects with sled dogs include responses of racing dogs to the stress of heat retention, and the amount of energy required to pull a sled and driver.
In 1976, Ray and his wife Lorna founded the Livestock Guarding Dog Project at Hampshire College. This long-term investigation into the behavior of a new kind of dog for farmers and ranchers in the United States has resulted in greater understanding about early developmental behavior of dogs, and how early experience (or lack of it) can affect adult behavior.
For the past several years, Ray has turned his attention to assistance dogs. His first-hand knowledge of harnesses for dogs, the mechanics and physiology of pulling, and the relationship between experience, training and behavior give him a unique insight into the lives of the dogs which are being asked to enhance the lives of people with special needs.
Ray (and his colleagues and students) have published over fifty papers on his dog research. His favorite publication, however, is the book Fishing Dogs, a humorous and iconoclastic look at dogs, fishermen and professors. His latest book, co-authored with Lorna Coppinger, is DOGS: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution, to be published by Scribner, NY, in 2001. His lecture trips around the world to talk about dogs are always supplemented by a day or two searching the waters for the perfect fish.
SUE STERNBERG is the winner of APDT’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
She founded the shelter featured in an HBO documentary: Shelter Dogs (www.shelterdogs.org). She has developed national programs, such as Training Wheels® for community shelter outreach and dedicated herself to ensuring the quality of life of animals in their communities, at animal shelters and in safe adoptions. Her 30 years of canine behavior experience, includes as an animal control officer, behavior consultant at the ASPCA, shelter owner, successful competitor in dog sports, and a teacher of dog trainers world-wide.
She is the author of Great Dog Adoptions: A Guide for Shelters (Latham Foundation publication) and Successful Dog Adoption published by Wiley. Her most recent publications (all published by Dogwise) include Out and About With Your Dog, Dog-Dog Interactions, Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs and Understanding Sociability (DVD).
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A 40+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas. He also was a trainer and coordinator at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, as well as acting as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. He has also recently worked closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs.
Since 2005, Ken has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena. Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. The latter two projects: teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs; and to learn the concept of counting are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication. Both of these projects have documented cognitive abilities in dogs that have not been previously well documented or understood.
Ramirez has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president. Ken has been actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings. He has been on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2005.
Ramirez has written for numerous scientific publications and authored countless popular articles. He authored the bookANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University.
Dr. Tim Lewis is an Eco-biologist, Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN and a widely published research scientist. In addition he is a popular lecturer on Canine Cognition at Camp Gone to the Dogs, VT and other venues nationwide.
Tim has a longtime connection to the fields of human physiology and health, as well as the very different pedagogies involved in teaching activities courses such as NAUI scuba. He worked closely with Health and Human Performance (HHP) in the development of Biology’s link to Public Health and provided stewardship to the HHP Department during its 2015 decennial review.
Daniel Stewart has an extensive career in animal welfare and an advanced diploma in companion animal behavior. He joined the KZN Rabies Elimination Project in 2009 - 2015 to run the welfare, research and training component of the project.
His expertise has been utilized by several organizations globally, (WHO, OIE, FAO, Pasture, WAP, GARC) with the emphasis being on dog population management, rabies elimination programs and animal handling training. He runs a successful private company which focuses on all aspects of animal management and is passionate about dogs and their relationships with people.
Pat Miller, a past President of APDT, has been training dogs for more than 35 years. She was a humane officer at the Marin Humane Society in California for 20 years and most recently trains as a CPDT and behavior consultant at her Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in Maryland, home to her acclaimed Intern Academies.
Pat writes for, and is Training Editor, of The Whole Dog Journal and contributes to Your Dog (published by Tufts University Veterinary School). Her first dog training book, The Power of Positive Dog Training (Howell Book House, 2001) has been on Amazon.com's "Top 10 Dog Training Books" list since January of 2002. Her other books are: Positive Perspectives, Positive Perspectives 2, Play With Your Dog, and this Fall's:"Do Over Dogs-Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life".
Her latest book from Dogwise Publishing is “Beware of the Dog” an analysis of aggression which explains in concise and highly readable terms the causes of aggression and, more importantly, synthesizes and demystifies the various positive reinforcement treatment modes that are available.
Ms. Nancy Williams is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist has worked in animal behavior modification as a veterinary technician, researcher, dog show judge and consultant. She promotes scientific, positive training methods to replace the pitfalls of many methods advised in popular media.
Dr. Suzanne Hetts
Dr. Suzanne Hetts is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, has over 25 years experience training pet owners & professionals on 4 continents. International companies use her training programs & DVD on canine body language. Her latest book 12 Terrible Dog Training Mistakes is an Amazon bestseller.
John Rogerson is the founder and principle lecturer of the Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour in the United Kingdom. He is widely acclaimed as one of the world's leading trainer behaviorists, having pioneered many of the techniques that have now become standard practice in behavior therapy and training. John is the author of eight books and has produced two videos. John is in great demand as a training and behavior consultant and in this capacity runs many courses worldwide to impart his skills and knowledge to others.
John has recently been given the honor of being invited to sit on the committee of the Companion Animal Welfare Council, whose function is to advise Parliament on issues relating to companion animals in the U.K. John is a founder member of the Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors and is the founder of Support Dogs and Dog Aid.
Dr. Susan Friedman
Dr. Friedman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners.
Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences and consults with zoos around the world. Susan is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin ().
Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC and IAATE. This year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.”
Susan’s acclaimed on-line course, Living and Learning with Animals for behavior professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 30 countries ()
Turid Rugaas is the famed author of; On Talking Terms with Dogs- Calming Signals (1st & 2nd editions) Reviewers of her books explain her approach to communicating with dogs and, in turn, her teaching focus:
Turid provides a dog-to-human dictionary of canine body language. Through years of observation, Rugaas has identified gestures and movements that dogs use to signal to other dogs-- and humans –that they have peaceful intentions. They also use calming signals when they are stressed. These signals include yawning, sniffing the ground, licking the nose, and looking away, to name a few…
"Dogs are masters at interpreting our body language, now we have the opportunity to learn to interpret their body language. Turid Rugaas has made a serious study of the way dogs interact with each other. Rugaas, who has found over 30 of these canine interactions gives us, in a sense, the Berlitz of dog books.
Rugaas… gives an interpretation of body language of dogs. More specifically, body language dogs use with each other and with us to calm down a situation. …If you deal with dogs in stressful situations, or even just want to understand your dog’s behavior better, …this book (is) helpful and enlightening.
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Turid Rugaas ….has been able to achieve a rapport that is based on mutual respect… a level of communication that is attainable for dog lovers everywhere. Dogs provide many signals during their interaction with each other – by paying attention to these signals and their desired effects, we …learn to better recognize common dog signals such as turning away, licking the nose and softening their eyes, and how to respond to those signals…
In addition to this seminar, you can find her books for sale at dogwise.com