Award Winners (2006)

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Sandi Thompson
Sandi Thompson

Sandi Thompson, CPDT

Bravo! Dog Training
APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year

Sandi graduated with honors from the San Francisco SPCA Dog Training Academy. She is a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was one of the first professionals to earn Certified Professional Dog Trainer standing. She is co-founder of Dogopolis LLC, a pet product design firm and co-inventor of KongTime, a product dedicated to reducing anxiety in home alone dogs.

Sandi and her dog Tater Tot reside in Berkeley, CA, and have been seen on Animal Planet's Pet Star, Planet's Funniest Animals, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and Amazing Animals in Japan.

Nicole Wilde
Nicole Wilde

Nicole Wilde

Gentle Guidance Dog Training
APDT Ian Dunbar Member of the Year

Nicole Wilde, CPDT, of Gentle Guidance Dog Training in Santa Clarita, CA, has earned the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award. Nicole joined the APDT in 1999. She got her start in dog training working with wolves and wolf-dog mixes. She serves as an Advisory Board Member of Cynology College. She has served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dept. of Animal Services in the 1990s and served as Executive Director of Villalobos Rescue Center. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Get-A-Pet magazine. Nicole is the author of six canine-related books (two of which have recently been translated into German and Spanish!) including the new "Help for Your Fearful Dog." She is presently a radio show host and has co-starred in the "Train Your Dog: The Positive, Gentle Method" DVD.

Paul Klein

Dogwise John Fisher Essay Award

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Pamela T. Semanik
Pamela T. Semanik

Pamela T. Semanik

Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village
Premier Shelter Staff Award

Pamela Semanik is the Dog Behavior Coordinator of Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village in Novelty, OH. At Rescue Village, Pam manages the Homeward Bound training program, in which volunteers are trained to work with the shelter dogs on behavioral issues, basic training, and canine enrichment. Homeward Bound takes into consideration the individuality of each dog, working toward enhanced adoptability and reduced chance of return to the shelter.

Thank you to ASPCA for generously sponsoring this award.

Patricia Simonet
Patricia Simonet

Patricia Simonet

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service
Premier Shelter Staff Award

Patricia Simonet works at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in Spokane, WA. She got her start working with wild animals at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and attributes a meaningful moment with a tiger as the turning point towards helping animals. She strives to bring objectivity to behavioral assessment tools in shelters. Also, she specializes in correcting serious problem behaviors and keeping dogs in their homes.

Patricia is the owner of PeTalk, a business through which she conducts non-invasive behavioral research, including the Laughing Dog research and private pet behavioral counseling.

Thank you to ASPCA for generously sponsoring this award.

Sarah Gibson
Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson

All Dogs Training & The Humane Society of Western Montana
Premier Shelter Staff Award

Sarah Gibson is the Volunteer Coordinator for The Humane Society of Western Montana in Missoula, MT. She got started by volunteering at the Humane Society where she taught a free Introduction to Dog Training class to the public. From those beginnings, Sarah went on to form her own business which offers Basic Manners and Intermediate classes.

Sarah's continuing goal is to reach out to struggling dog owners before they have run out of options. She also plans to continue providing Basic training to those dogs already in the shelter through volunteer programs.

Thank you to Premier for generously sponsoring this award.