Barbara Doran, CPDT-KA
Dogs have always been a big part of my life. My first experiences with obedience training and show handling began at the age of 9. I was a member of a 4-H dog club in Massachusetts for over 8 years. The first AKC title I earned with a dog was "Companion Dog" (CD), for my Cairn terrier "Gil". She earned the title when I was 14.
Animal behavior was my major in college (Psychobiology). I was extremely fortunate and privileged having opportunities to study coyotes in the wild, work with chimpanzees at a primate center, and to study Pere David deer with the National Zoo. Unfortunately reality struck after graduation and I had to "make a living", leaving a promising career in animal study for the corporate world. I have continued working with animals, mostly horses and dogs, in the years that followed.
In 2000 I decided to resume a more active role with dogs and dog training. It was then that I discovered the DTCCC. I have been very impressed with the wealth of knowledge, professionalism, and camaraderie held by the instructors and within the membership. With my current Cairn, Casey, I have enjoyed many facets of training and competition spirited with the support of the club and its members. I can proudly say that Casey has earned his conformation championship as well as titles in Rally Obedience and Agility. Presently we are enjoying freestyle dance!
In an ongoing pursuit to increase my knowledge and skills I studied for, and earned, my Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers credentials and am a Certified Pet Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). I am a member of the APDT and the Cairn Terrier Club of America, in addition to my affiliation with the DTCCC as a member, instructor, and past President.