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About Carolyn Barney, CPDT

Carolyn
Carolyn Barney

Carolyn has been training dogs professionally since 1985 and in some way most of her life. In 1991 she founded Gemini Dog Training, a full service training and daycare facility. Since selling Gemini in 2006, Carolyn is concentrating on behavior consulting and training classes for reactive dogs as well as her popular agility classes, beginner and advanced clicker classes and workshops, earth dog and tracking. Carolyn has trained and mentored 100’s of potential dog training instructors. Many of her previous students and staff trained through her instructor programs have gone on to become Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT), running their own classes and businesses.

Carolyn's interest in training started in childhood rearing a foal, training several young horses, and preparing them for competition and pleasure riding. It was a natural transition to start formalizing her interests through her undergraduate education that included course work in art education and a heavy interest and course load in psychology. Carolyn has been an Association of Pet Dog Training (APDT) member since 1995, having served on the Ethics Committee for several years. In November 2001, Carolyn made dog training history along with 117 other dog trainers in the USA, passing the first professional certification test promoted and developed by APDT and administered by Professional Testing Corporation.

The desire for a better understanding of the canine mind and behavior has been the motivating factor in all aspects of her dog experience. Beginning with traditional training techniques, she knew there had to be a better way. Pursuing that better way has evolved into clicker training and a more thoughtful scientific and effective use of operant and classical conditioning. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to new information and what every dog has to teach the human student. Experiences such as breeding English Springer Spaniels for 12 years, co-founding an English Springer Rescue organization, running a boarding and training kennel, working as a veterinary technician, apprenticing with Canine Behavior Services in Northwood, NH, teaching and counseling thousands of dog owners, training and cultivating her business's teaching staff, and attending many, many educational seminars including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) conferences, Tufts Annual Symposium, the Dogs of Course, Advanced Instructor Training Course, Clean Run Camps, Clicker Expo and Bob Bailey's Chicken Camps I,II & III, have all served as a continuing source of education.

Along with her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies and has another agility foundation book on the way for Clean Run Productions. Carolyn also has available from Clean Run Instructor Conference, 2 DVD’s, one on Agility Foundation and one on Scaredy Dogs. Carolyn co-teaches two canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School with Bruce Blumberg PhD, lectures to dog trainers occasionally and works as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing Reactive dog training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. Carolyn will also be offering the Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training program primarily at the Dogs Learning Center

Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for over 25 years in obedience, conformation, tracking and more recently earth dog. For the past 12 years she has concentrated on agility, titling multiple dogs. Her current competitive agility dog, Parson Russell Terrier, "Steiff", has completed his USDAA ADCH title, AKC MACH, NADAC NA, NAJ, NAG, and ME. He has qualified for the AKC and USDAA Nationals each year since 2002 and competed in a number of national events. Kodi, Carolyn’s Border collie is still in training for agility and herding and is having a blast!

A TRIBUTE TO MY DOGS OF THEN AND NOW

Our dogs are the true teachers of what is to be known about dogs and how they learn and live in our world. Take time to observe and learn about your companion as you share life together.
 
These are my companions starting at my birth
Then…
Princess (Lab mix) my first dog love of my life and my guardian until 1964
Heidi (German shepherd) found me in 1972 and forever faithful until 1982
Gemini (English Springer mix) a special little tramp in my life from 1979 to 1982
Tasha (German shepherd) 1982 to 1988 my first official obedience school trained dog
Little Bit’s Ryckianna “Rycki” (English Springer) 1982 to 1994 CDX TDX Canadian CDX TDX 2 UD legs in Canada   Rycki started the training and dog competition bug for me.
Little Bit’s Chocolate “Chip” (German shepherd) to 1995 a sweet home body!
CH Kitchener Carioca “Cari” (English Springer) 1983 to 1997 CDX TD Canadian CDX TDX trained to Utility  Cari was my first show dog and foundation bitch.
Little Bit Kitchener Auriga “Auri” (English Springer) 1985 to 2000 CDX TD Canadian CD TD trained to Utility   Auri was from Cari’s first litter.
Cricket Hill Lil’ Bit Seaward “Lily” (English Springer) 1990 to 2004 Best mama dog supreme! Neelix and Harley’s mom and Kes’s grandmother.
Little Bit Cricket Hill Wizard “Alvin” (English Springer) 1991 to 2005 CD My sweetest boy ever! Always willing to help with my reactive dog clients.
“Earl” (herding retriever mix) 1991 to 2006 brought me a husband! Chuck and I met through my boarding training program.
Little Bit Star Traveler “Neelix” (English Springer) 1995 to 2005 TDX AX AXJ   USDAA AAD
Little Bit’s I’m A Sensation “Kes” (English Springer) 1995 to 2007   CD TD OA OAJ USDAA P2
Little Bit’s Number One “Harley” (English Springer) 1995 to 2008 Chuck’s boy and hiker extraordinaire

Now…
ADCH MACH CH Honey Hill Steiff Hunter “Steiff” (Parson Russell Terrier) 2000 - SE CGC Almost ME!
B’sweet Kodiak “Kodi” (BC) 2006 - in training for agility, herding and fun!

Legend:
AKC American Kennel Club, CKC Canadian Kennel Club, USDAA United States Dog Agility Association

AKC and CKC titles
  Obedience
    CD Companion Dog, CDX Companion Dog Excellent, UD Utility Dog
  Tracking
    TD Tracking Dog, TDX Tracking Dog Excellent

  Conformation
    CH Champion   Agility
    OA Open Agility, OAJ Open jumpers agility, AX Agility excellent,
    AXJ Agility jumpers excellent, MACH Master Agility champion
  Earth dog
    SE Senior Earth Dog, ME Master Earth Dog
  USDAA
    ADCH Agility Dog champion
    AAD or P2 Advanced Agility Dog

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Neelix

Neelix

Steiff

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Steiff and Carolyn

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