Who's a Good Dog?


I’m an English professor and part-time dog trainer.  As the former, I direct the First-Year Seminar Program at Lafayette College, and I work on the “long” 19th-century, especially the circulation of reading and writing practices.  That work reflects more generally a fundamental interest in learning (really in how learning happens)–one that took an “animal turn,” when my husband and I adopted our first dog and realized we had a lot to learn about communication across the species divide. In addition to writing and teaching about writing, literacy, literary history and related topics, I write and teach about animals; I train and occasionally compete with my dogs in various dog sports; I serve as faculty adviser to Lafayette College’s Dog House LLC, and I’m a volunteer trainer at my local shelter.  When I can (when my schedule permits), I take some private clients.  (I keep a Facebook page for clients here.)

My crew (L to R): Arlo, Franz, Maria

I earned my trainer certification in 2010 from Kutztown University’s program in Canine Training and Management (the program has since moved to Carroll Community College in Westminster MD).   In order to stay current, I regularly attend workshops on dog behavior and training.  (Scroll down a bit to see the list.)  I’m also a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Animal Training Academy.

I created this blog to have a space for exploring my interest in animals—especially dogs. (Previous blogs of mine can be found here and here.)  I’m interested in thinking about how dogs and other animals learn, how that learning is represented in language and discourse, how we (humans) represent our relationships with other animals and, consequently, our moral obligations to them.

Bianca Falbo

PPG Logo with No Fear Tag copy 2


 Instructor Topic

 When & Where

Dr. Kathy Murphy, Behavior Vets
Training is More than Doing – Thinking Beyond the Quadrants
Online webinar 3/11/23
Heartdog International Wellbeing SummitVarious topicsDecember 2022, online conference
FDSAThe Less Obvious Signs of StressPPP Workshop July 27-Aug 7, 2019.
FDSATraining Camp 2019Lebanon PA. May 17-19, 2019.
Karen Pryor AcademyClicker ExpoWashington DC. March 21-24, 2019.
Pat MillerReal Solutions for Canine Behavior Problems.Dog Training Club of Chester County. Exton PA. Sept 24-25, 2016.
 Jean Donaldson Negative Punishment, Negative Reinforcement and the Humane Hierarchy PPG webinar.  June 22, 2016.
 Dr. Susan Friedman Living and Learning with Animals Dog Training Club of Chester County.  Exton PA. June 11-12, 2016.
 Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Expo March 17-20 2016
 Chirag Patel Expanding your Force Free Dog Training Toolkit Dog i-box webinar.  February 8, 2016.
 Pam DennisonCleaning Up Your Act:  The Fussy and Meticulous Behaviors Needed for Competition/Rally, Parts 1 and 2 February-March 2014, online course.
 Pam Dennison Magic of Shaping11 January 2014
Let’s Speak Dog, Nazareth PA
 Denise Fenzi Relationship Building Through Play 20 November 2013-9 January 2014, online course
 Rise Van Fleet The Human Half of Dog Training 9-10 November 2013, Positive Motivation Dog Training, Washington, NJ
 Grisha Stewart The Power of Choices:  Behavior Adjustment Training for Aggression, Frustration and Fear 20-21 April 2013
Let’s Speak Dog, Nazareth PA
Denise FenziHeeling Games26 May-9 July 2013, online course
 Renee Hall Treibball Workshop 5 January 2013
Let’s Speak Dog, Nazareth, PA
 Ken Ramirez Making the Impossible Possible! 21-22 July 2012
Dog Training Club of Chester County, Exton PA
 Suzanne Clothier Relationship Centered Training 25-27 May 2012
 Nicole Wilde Helping Fearful Dogs 6 August 2011
 Pam Dennison Managing the Multiple Dog Household, Parts 1 & 2 August-September 2011, online course
Kathy Sdao So Many Choices:  A Workshop for Trainers and Dogs 20-21 November 2010
 Ali Brown Reactive Dogs Workshop 31 October 2010

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