Robin Shepherd

My first dog you can see pictured to the left. His name was Frankie and honestly I didn’t do a whole lot of training with him. He was pretty easy going, well mannered dog just the way he was.

I have always had an interest in dogs and grew up with dogs in my family. Over the years I’ve worked with shelter dogs, foster dogs and my own dogs before I finally decided to get certified as a dog trainer. I also work in the behavior department at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Almost every day the dogs (and other animals) living there teach me something new. The training methods I have learned are positive. Dog training does not have to be a chore. It’s all about building the relationship with your dog and trusting each other.

These days I have two dogs: Dexter and Hannah. Even through Dexter is a Canine Good Citizen and a Certified Therapy Dog he still has a lot of struggles. I have learned so much from him. I am thankful that he and Hannah have shown me that sometimes it’s not enough to know sit and down. There is so much more that we can learn together. Sometimes life is scary and we can work through it together.

  • Certifications:
  • Education:
    • BA Speech Communication, University of Maryland 
    • Animal Behavior Consulting and Practice Course – IAABC
    • Canine Behavior and Training Academy, Behavior Modification Academy – Peaceable Paws (Pat Miller) 
    • Enrichment Master Class – Pet Harmony
  • Memberships:
    • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
    • Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers

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