Wanda Woodworth, MA, CPDT Certified Pet Dog Trainer AKC Evaluator #8692 APDT #71614
I'm a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT #71614) and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (#8692).
in 2008, I earned my CPDT certification through the certification council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers. In 2003 I was certified in the 120 hour Petsmart training program. As a dog trainer I am committed to providing the most effective and humane training to dogs and their people.To that end, I attend various seminars, and keep current on industry literature and products.
Several local veterinarians recommend my services, and I regularly assist the rescue community with training advice and techniques.
My personal bio appears below.
I am one of a select few trainers to earn the Certified Pet Dog Trainer - CPDT title through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Additional Qualifications: 14 years of training experience Veterinarian recommended Dog mom
Short Bio - Why I Became a Dog Trainer and How I Found My Dogs
I first became involved in training when, in 1996, I adopted a shelter dog named Louis. He was a purebred German Shorthair Pointer and he proved to be a challenge. His issues were face snapping, a strong hunting drive but gun shy and afraid of flashing lights, and thunder and lightning. After intense training together, Louis and I went on to pass the American Temperament Test and earn his Canine Good Citizen Certificate. We became a registered therapy dog team through Therapy Dogs International, and made weekly visits to nursing homes for several years. Louis retired in 2004 and, at the ripe old age of 16 years, our dear Louis-Douis went to the Rainbow Bridge in June 2009.
In 2000, I adopted another shelter dog, named Lily who was a Lab-German Shorthair Pointer mix. Lily had a whole other set of challenges that we worked through (a distrust of men, house guarding and stalking visitors). Besides regular obedience training, we participated in the Texas Wet Dog Water Rescue program for two summers; during that time Lily was diagnosed with a spinal condition. Despite this, she earned her SS and SWET designations. Lily went to the Rainbow Bridge in June 2006 and we dearly miss her. She was a great surrogate mom to Powder, a 4-month old deaf boxer, we adopted in 2003.
Powder and I learned 25 hand signs, earned her CGC and is my demonstration dog and puppy wrangler because of her sweet demeanor. We adopted Yoji, a Boston Terrier mix, adopted in 2007 and is my other demonstration dog and official class greeter. One other dog (adopted in 2004) completes the Woodworth clan - Hugh Jackman, a hearing white Boxer. We live in north Texas with my very patient, and loving husband, Kevin.
Yoji and Hugh Jackman
Lily (SS, SWET)
Louis (CGC, ATT, retired Therapy Dog)
A few notes about WHITE BOXERS
1) White Boxers are not rare - 25% of all Boxers are white. 2) One third of white Boxers are deaf in one or both ears. 3) Deaf dogs are extremely smart and can learn sign language! (Powder knows 25 handsigns and a few sentences/questions). 4) White Boxers can get sunburned. Use a mild children's sunscreen to protect their ears and face.