Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC is the founder and president of the Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Education and The DogSmith. She has substantial leadership experience in business management and administration, particularly in the nonprofit sector, which encompasses her role as the president of Doggone Safe, a nonprofit educational organization. She has published numerous articles, which have been featured in publications such as the New York Times. She has also authored five books; her most recent project, Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People, which she co-authored, was published in 2019.
Niki holds a dog training and dog behavior credential from the Pet Professional Accreditation Board, has successfully completed two diplomas (animal behavior technician and canine behavior science and technology) with James O’Heare at the Companion Animal Science Institute and is a certified dog trainer and dog behavior consultant through the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals.
Before following her passion into small business and nonprofit management, she enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry, holding executive positions all over the world. Her real passion in her corporate role was the identification and development of female talent in the workplace. She enjoyed managing and coaching her team through both their personal and professional development and loved watching the process of female empowerment and growth at a high level of management.
In most recent years, Niki has invested time in moving her love of running from a hobby to a professional business. Her professional credentials include International Sports Science Association (ISSA) certified fitness trainer, ISSA certified transformation specialist, nutritional coach and ISSA elite trainer. She is also a certified chi walking and running coach and has successfully complete the MAF Foundations’ certificate course.
Along with her business degrees from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, Niki holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, specializing in data analysis and process improvement and is an International Training Board (HCITB) certified people trainer at levels TS1, TS2 & TS3, and a certified facilitator and project manager. In addition, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the business community and honored with a Fortune 500 Company Leadership Award for her accomplishments.
Louise Stapleton-Frappell BA (Hons) PCT- A PCBC-A CAP3 CTDI DN-FSG DN-CPCT CWRI is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is also a co-partner and faculty member of DogNostics Career Center and a board member of the Pet Professional Guild.
Louise’s experience, her background as a teacher, and her impressive pet industry credentials means she is uniquely qualified to share her skills and knowledge with both the public and pet industry professionals. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Program, DogNostics’ Pet Dog Solutions Programs, and several other programs for pet professionals and pet dog guardians, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in southern Spain.
Louise has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and is also the published co-author A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.
Rebekah’s lifelong love of animals began when she spent her childhood summers at her family’s ranch. Even at the young age of five, Rebekah had a good idea of her career aspirations when she told her Grandmother that she wanted to be a vet so she could take care of “baby animals.” Rebekah’s aspirations eventually led to earning a degree in Animal Science while working full-time for a vet. While working at the vet’s office Rebekah continued her education, graduating with a Master of Business Administration. She then rounded out her experience by teaching school for a year gaining another invaluable skill. Most recently Rebekah was the Manager for a high end Pet Resort & Spa in Oxford MS and continues to operate her own Dog Training and Pet Care business in Texas.
Rebekah has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree from West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas. Rebekah’s current business roles are as the Vice -President for Doggone Safe, the Membership Manager at The Pet Professional Guild and the Student Coordinator and a faculty member here at DogNostics Career Center. Over the last few years Rebekah has earned the following credentials.
- Pet Professional Accreditation Board PCT-A
- DogSmith – Certified Dog Trainer
- DogNostics – DN-FSG1
- American Kennel Club “Canine Good citizen Evaluator”
- The Pet Professional Guild “Pet First Aid Certified”
Paula Garber is a professional cat behavior consultant and owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, New York. She holds a master’s in education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a diploma in feline behavior science and technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She is also a certified animal training and enrichment professional and certified feline training and behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute, a Fear Free certified animal trainer, and is certified in Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats.
She is chair of PPG’s Feline Committee and serves on PPG’s Steering Committee, and she recently joined the faculty of DogNostics Career Center. She is a proud member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and the Animal Training Academy, and serves as president and co-founder of the Cat Protection Council of Westchester, an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to better the lives of community cats through advocacy, education, and community outreach. She resides in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and four rescued cats.
Pet Professional Accreditation Board
Professional Canine Behavior Consultant – Accredited
Companion Animal Sciences Institute (PCBC – A)
Diploma of Animal Behavior Science and Technology (Dip ABST) with distinction
Diploma of Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting (Dip DTBC) with distinction
Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
Certified Animal Behavior Technologist (CABT)
Certified Dog Behavior Technologist (CDBT)
Certified Dog Trainer (CDT)
Delta Society (now Institute)
Cert IV Dog Behavioural Training
Learning About Dogs
Competency Assessment Program (CAP 1, CAP 2 each with distinction)
HBA Learning Centre
Cert IV Training and Assessment (for humans)
Board Member of
Pet Professional Guild
Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
Companion Animal Sciences Institute
Debra was born in Adelaide, South Australia where she happily resides with her husband and her two wonderful canine teachers Mace the Bouvier des Flandres and Roux the rescue Griffon Bruxellois. Deb’s first dog, Scruffy, a Border Collie mix was part of her family before she was born and there have been very few months since that time that she has been without a dog.
Having spent 40 years training, dogs, 13 years as an obedience judge and many years in formal canine studies, Deb has a passion for helping others to better understand dogs and how to train them. Establishing her own training centre in 1979 back in the days when aversive training was the only way known in Australia, she was ahead of her time in seeking out new and better ways of building relationships with dogs. Travelling to the UK and Europe enabled her to learn new techniques and the wonderful world of force-free training revealed itself to her. There was no going back to the old ways.
Attaining a Diploma in Dog Training and Behavior Consulting and another in Animal Behavior Science and Technology she consolidated her theoretical skills in gaining perfect scores in the Competency Assessment Program (CAP) Levels 1& 2.
She spent two years as Director of Animals on Course (a registered training organisation within the Australian educational framework), developing educational packages for Animal Studies and Companion Animal Services programs.
She currently is the international Assessor for the practical component of the Pet Professional Accreditation Board’s Canine Training Technician – Accredited (CTT-A) and the Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited (PCT-A).
Debra has spoken at the Pet Professional Guild’s Inaugural Education Summit in Tampa FL and the New Zealand Inaugural Association of Pet Dog Trainers Education Meeting in Wellington. She has also spoken at the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers Meetings in Sydney and Melbourne and the 2016 Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) – Animal Welfare Seminar in Melbourne. Debra has run (and still does run) many workshops, both nationally and internationally covering topics such as canine body language, how to choose which dog is right for you, cross-over workshops for those transitioning to +R methods, further education workshops on pet dog manners classes and CAP preparation workshops.
Debra chairs the Australian Committee that created the Pet Professional Guild’s international Pet Dog Ambassador Program which was launched in May 2016. She is on the Lead by Example Campaign Committee for the South Australian (SA) Branch of the RSPCA and has been working with the RSPCA and the SA Dog and Cat Management Board to help better educate the team in this government department with regards to best practice in current dog training.
Debra is currently the Head Instructor of Canine Behavioural School Inc (CBS), a volunteer dog training facility run by professional dog trainers. Over the last several years she has created the CBS Aspiring Instructor program that educates future dog trainers, allowing them to gain experience under the tutelage of professional trainers. This program now attracts people from all over the state and has been instrumental in teaching cross over trainers the ways of force free training.
Although Deb is slowly relinquishing some of her practical dog training pursuits, her interest remains in education and ensuring that as many dogs as possible come under the care and guidance of trainers who have been taught, tested and found competent in force-free training techniques.
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