Education: BS degree, East Carolina University, 1989. Certification for Canine Acupressure (in process), Northwest School of Small Animal Massage. Applied Animal Behavior certification, University of Washington, 2017. She also earned her Certified Professional Dog Training designation through the CPDT and Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) for Advanced Canine Behavioral Sciences; Living and Learning with Animals-The Fundamental Principles and Procedures for Teaching and Learning (foundation for my philosophy in behavior analysis) taught by her mentor, Susan G Friedman, Ph.D. Professor emeritus, Utah State University; course work with the University of North Texas graduate school of behavior analysis and Contemporary Animal Training intensive at Natural Encounters in Winter Haven, Florida also facilitated by Susan Friedman, Ph.D. Recently Ann was accepted into Susan Friedman’s Teaching assistant program, to further learn and grow with her mentor.

NACSW™/K9 Nose Work®: Ann Earned her Certified Nose Work Instructor™ (CNWI) status in K9 Nose Work® in 2012. Ann joined the NACSW education team in 2016, as the National Education Coordinator. She is the lead within the continuing education system, approving events for consideration and designating CEU values for seminars and workshops. Her responsibilities include creating webinars and enhancing the content while building cohesion within the certified instructor program.

In K9 Nose Work® classes dogs get to fine tune their scenting skills while burning mental and physical energy. This work has been incorporated into her approach with reactive and anxious dogs to help address the root cause of presenting issues.

In 2017, Ann sold her successful dog training and behavior business/facility in Florida to relocate to the Puget Sound area of Washington. Currently Ann owns Sound Dog Connection in the Puget Sound area. There she is devoted to helping people and their animals modify behavior problems using the science of applied behavior analysis. She actively gives talks at veterinary offices and shelters on various behavior topics. She recently gave seven lectures at the Chi Institute for veterinarians studying traditional Chinese veterinary medicine.
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  1. Fearful Dogs....More Than A Label! How Fear Correlates (not causes) Behavior Issues!
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