I’m an English professor and part-time dog trainer. As the former, I direct the writing program at my 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; and I’m a volunteer trainer at my local shelter. When I can (when my schedule permits), I take some private clients.
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). And I’m a member of the Pet Professional Guild.
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.
In order to stay current, I regularly attend workshops on dog behavior and training.
|Instructor||Topic||When & Where|
|Pat Miller||“Real 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 Dennison||Cleaning 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 Shaping||11 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 Fenzi||Heeling Games||26 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|