Award Winners (2012)

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2012 Award Winners

APDT Ian Dunbar Member of the Year 2012

Barbara Long

Barbara Long

Barbara Long has been a dedicated volunteer to the APDT for the past several years. She has been instrumental in the smooth running of our APDT Conferences and the work of the Conference Committee and Task Forces. Barbara’s particular focus with the conference has been the “conference puppy” socialization and networking programs and she is a true believer in promoting education to the membership and welcoming new members into the fold. During her term as President of the APDT she helped to develop the APDT educational plans and the beginnings of the APDT Canine Life and Social Skills program.

When the APDT Foundation this past year needed someone to help shepherd it through a relaunch and program and policy review, Barbara answered the call from the APDT board to become Interim President of the Foundation, despite her heavy work and volunteer load. Barbara definitely exemplifies the spirit of the “can do” volunteer and member who is devoted to the goals of the APDT and the profession as a whole.

Barbara Long runs Paw In Hand Dog Training. She gives private obedience lessons and works with students to solve behavior problems. She is a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Carolina Trainers forum and became a certified pet dog trainer (CPDT) in 2001, the first in NC. She has attended all the APDT conferences since Orlando in 1994. She was the co-presenter of “Team Freestyle” at the 2002 conference in Portland, presented “Fun Field Trips” in Orlando in 2003 and “Kids’ Games for Dog Trainers” in Denver in 2004. Barbara and Jeanine Johnson Brown presented “Team Freestyle” at the Canine Freestyle Federation Retreat in 2002.

She started training her own dog with the APS Dog Training Program. It made such a difference that she went on to assist and instruct classes for APS.

In 1987 she began working for the Animal Protection Society of Orange County and managed its shelter for five years. She started training her own dog with the APS Dog Training Program. It made such a difference that she went on to assist and instruct classes for APS. She has continued as a volunteer instructor while running her own dog training business. She also performs behavior evaluations of shelter dogs.

Barbara is a founding member of the APS Dog Training Club. In 1988 she performed with the first APS Drill Team in the Chapel Hill Christmas Parade. She continues to coach the Drill Team. She also coordinates continuing education seminars for dog trainers. She has served two terms on the board of directors of the Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) and volunteers with the Animal Welfare and Humane Education Committees. She has two Gordon Setters. Selkie competes in Rally Obedience. Niamh is her new puppy.

Barbara has been profiled in Careers with Animals by Willow Sirch. In 2004 she was named the APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year and she served a three-year term on the APDT Board of Directors, serving one year as President. Currently Barbara serves as the Chair of the APDT Conference Committee and the Interim President of the Board of Trustees of the APDT Foundation.

Comfort Zone with D.A.P.® (2012) Community Educator of the Year

Janice Triptow, JD, CDBC, CPDT

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Kindness is Contagious:

How Janice Triptow Brings Comfort to her Community by Spreading Knowledge, Compassion, and a Smile

By Barbara Shumannfang, PhD, CPDT

Dog trainer Janice Triptow, wearing her luminous smile and tucking her trademark ballpoint pen behind her ear, strides across the parking lot, ready to teach another twelve-week dog training class. But many of her students will neither speak nor make eye contact, and some will be afraid of the dogs they are training. They are juvenile offenders incarcerated at the Illinois Youth Center. The young men, like Triptow's students throughout the community, are about to get the lesson of a lifetime in trust and the magic of positive reinforcement.

Triptow helped create the Lifetime Bonds program in her role as dog training director of Safe Humane Chicago. She instructs the young men, and they teach the dogs, using exclusively positive techniques. She ensures her students' early success by initially pairing them with already-trained dogs. She creates an atmosphere of trust, where mistakes are a welcome part of learning. As the boys progress she raises criteria so they gain mastery, and within weeks they work skillfully with untrained shelter dogs. The boys learn to train the dogs without force, to touch the dogs gently and speak words of encouragement. They experience the strength of their bond as more fulfilling than the dog fighting they once knew. They even identify with the dogs as fellow throwaways of society (as one boy put it), and as individuals that can feel both fear and comfort. Eventually their eyes meet Triptow's. They smile, knowing they've helped the dogs find affection and new homes. As a testament to the effervescent spirit and positive methods that Triptow shares, Lifetime Bonds is the only program at the detention facility that does not require the presence of security guards.

Triptow also teaches positive reinforcement through her business, Dog Behavior Solutions. Her private and group students achieve success whether the focus is sports, behavior challenges like aggression or separation anxiety, or adolescent dogs at risk for surrender to shelters. At Chicago Animal Care and Control, she teaches shelter volunteers how to rehabilitate victims of animal cruelty so the dogs may be placed in new homes, and then she gives adopters training advice to integrate their new dog into their families.

Triptow brings community education to countless other venues, intervening with positive alternatives at every point in the cycle that might otherwise lead to violence. She teaches families with pit bull puppies to use positive reinforcement training in lieu of dog fighting. Triptow also teams up with her trusty demonstration dog, Jackpot, to teach parents-to-be how to help their dog and baby feel safe together. Schoolchildren learn that dogs feel fear and joy, and how to put Jackpot at ease. Triptow and Jackpot also teach police officers to read dog body language to prevent unnecessary weapons use. With a wink, Triptow cues Jackpot to “Spread ‘em!” who then stands sprawled against the wall, ready to be frisked. As always, Triptow’s infectious smile spreads to each person in the room, the same way she extends respect, empathy and positive reinforcement to her community.

Dogwise (2012) John Fisher Essay Award

Marci Haw

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Dr. Robert Curran NewTrix (2012) Video Award

Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS

Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS

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