Award Winners (2014)

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Congratulations to the winners of the APDT Scholarship program. Three APDT members received a scholarship through the APDT and four shelter workers and volunteers received a Dogwise Shelter Scholarship. We are very grateful for the support of Dogwise!

APDT Scholarship Winners

Kate Fantoli, CPDT-KA

Kate Fantoli, CPDT-KAKate Fantoli is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) from Coventry, Rhode Island. She works as a lead trainer for Courteous Canine, LLC and is the owner of Bark At The Moon Dog Walking & Pet Care. Kate is also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen & S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, as well as a Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Evaluator. She has been a member of the APDT since 2007.

Kate holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and attended the Dog Training Instructor-Training Course by Dogs Of Course in 2008, receiving instruction from Pia Silvani and Sue Sternberg. She regularly attends continuing education events with "top dogs" in the field, including Dr. Nick Dodman, Dr. Alice Moon-Fanelli, Victoria Stillwell & Bob Bailey.
Kate is a volunteer for Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S) & also volunteers at the North Kingstown Animal Shelter and is in the process of implementing C.L.A.S.S. for Shelters.

Kate and her husband, Jeff are owned by two dogs, Abby, a beagle/spaniel mix and Jack, a hound mix, both adopted from Beagles of New England States. Abby & Jack are both AKC Canine Good Citizens who enjoy K9 Nosework. Jack is also a Registered Therapy dog with Pet Partners, formally known as Delta Society.

Tena Parker, M.S., CPDT-KA

Tena Parker, M.S., CPDT-KATena Parker, M.S., CPDT-KA, has been working with dogs, in various capacities, for about 10 years and is the owner of Success Just Clicks Dog Training in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed, has a thriving dog blog online, writes training/behavior articles for a local pet magazine, is a member of the APDT, is an APDT C.L.A.S.S Evaluator (and instructor), and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator.  She offers in-home private training through her business and teaches about ten group classes each week through Western Pennsylvania Humane Society's Get-Smart! Training school, where she has created original curricula for several unique and fun classes.
With her background in education, she has a strong emphasis on the human half of dog training and recognizes the importance for both the human and dog to have fun in the training process—at the end of every class she checks in on how she did on that front with two critical questions, "Did you have fun in school tonight?  Did your dog have fun in school tonight?" 

Tena shares her life with her two dogs, Shayne, a 9 year old border collie mix and Rio, a 5 year old cattle dog/whippet mix, three cats, and a small number of foster dogs.  Shayne and Rio both have trained in and/or competed in canine disc, WCR Rally-O, and agility, and earned C.L.A.S.S. degrees and CGCs—giving themselves a laundry list of letters after their names.

Sara Reusche, CPDT-KA, CVT, ANWI

Sara Reusche, CPDT-KA, CVT, ANWISara Reusche, CPDT-KA, CVT, ANWI owns Paws Abilities Dog Training, LLC in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to training, Sara has worked as a dog groomer, vet tech, dog daycare attendant, and animal shelter caretaker and trainer. She currently spends the majority of her time working with serious behavior cases and has a special fondness for reactive and anxious dogs.

Sara loves teaching! In addition to this blog, she writes regularly for Dogster and The Huffington Post. She has contributed to the Rochester Women's Magazine, the Wagazine, the APDT Chronicle of the Dog,and was the 2008 John Fisher scholarship award winner with her article about using the Premack principle, "Lessons from Layla." Sara speaks at a variety of locations across Minnesota, including at colleges, community centers, veterinary hospitals, and pet events.

Sara and her boyfriend live with two adopted mutts, Layla (ARCHX RL2X RL3 RLV) and Mischief (also known as Trout, CGC RLPX RL1), and frequently foster dogs for rescue organizations. When she's not working with dogs, Sara enjoys reading, dancing, and staying up too late.

Dogwise Shelter Scholarship Winners

Stacy Cleaves

Stacy CleavesStacy Cleaves - I live in Wichita, KS with my dog Vail and my two cats Flynn and Jewel. I work at the Kansas Humane Society as the supervisor for behavior evaluations and dog training classes. I am a co-trainer for a Reactive dog class offered at Kansas Humane Society. I do the behavior consultations with clients at the shelter as needed for dogs and cats. I have started my own business called Paw Print Pet Counseling. I do behavior consultations for dogs and cats with this business for a wide variety of behavior issues. I am currently finishing up my masters in Companion Animal Behavior.

I have worked in different animal shelters for a total of 9 years and am passionate about helping people keep their animals so they do not end up in a shelter. I also want to constantly look for ways to make the animals lives a little better while they are in a shelter.

Ashley Horan

Ashley HoranAshley Horan is one of the founding directors of Prairie Sky Dog Rescue, a foster-based rescue in Regina, Saskatchewan, that has adopted out over 140 dogs since its inception in September 2012.  She provides training support to the foster homes, helps adoptive families overcome any problems as the dog settles in to their new home, and assists with all of the day-to-day tasks associated with running a rescue.  Additionally, Ashley is a foster home for Prairie Sky and takes in the more challenging dogs who may have a bite history, issues with resource guarding, or a fear of people.  Although Ashley uses a variety of methods and techniques, they are all based in kindness and understanding, and set the dog up for success.

Working with Regina Cat Rescue, Ashley is also a foster home for cats.  She has found a special niche as a feral cat foster and uses clicker training and gradual desensitization to teach these cats to trust and seek out affection from humans.

Ashley owns and operates Everydog Dog Services, a dog Bed & Breakfast, out of her Rouleau, Saskatchewan, home.  She lives with up to eight guest dogs; her own two staffy crosses, Bo and Jack; Dave, a very dog-savvy recue cat; a foster dog and cat; and her very supportive and understanding husband, Lonnie.

Abby Ganin-Toporek, CPDT-KA

Abby Ganin-Toporek, CPDT-KAAbby Ganin-Toporek, CPDT-KA - Sandhills Dog Training LLC was formed after six years of owning a dog walking/pet sitting business in New York. With many of my clients seeking advice the natural evolution in the business was for me to become a certified dog trainer. The opportunity presented itself when I relocated to North Carolina where I attended a dog training school. Following an intensive course, I continued to educate myself with professional books and videos with the goal of certification by the CPDT.

Volunteering for shelters and rescue groups inspired me to learn techniques for helping dogs and their owners with behavior issues that resulted in their surrender.

Since living in North Carolina, I have become deeply committed and involved with the Humane Society. Currently, I am a member of the Animal Operations Advisory Board for the Moore County Animal Center, where we are striving to become a no-kill facility. Training volunteers and working with the dogs has been the most rewarding aspect of becoming a dog trainer.

My business, Sandhills Dog Training LLC, offers classes, in-home private training; and in -kennel training. I am a certified CGC evaluator. Many of my clients have successfully completed the CGC certification and several have gone on to be certified by TDI. My most challenging and gratifying journey over the past two years has been the work that I have done with my fearful GSD. Trusting my instincts along with implementing the knowledge that I have gained in studying various techniques for D & C, I have helped him to overcome many of his fears with a long road ahead. His training has given me the experience, inspiration and skills to help others.

Dot Baisly, MA, CPDT-KA

Dot Baisly, MA, CPDT-KADot Baisly holds a Masters degree in behavioral biology from Tufts University and is currently the Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator at the SPCA of Westchester, a large shelter in New York. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified C.L.A.S.S. evaluator and a Certified Canine Good Citizen (C.G.C) evaluator.

Rescue is near and dear to Dot's heart and since 1999 she has worked for many different shelters and rescue organizations. Today when not working at the SPCA, Dot concentrates her efforts with UnderDog ResQ, a great network of foster homes, where she sits on the Board of Directors. She is also a field representative for Paws With A Cause, a service dog organization that places dogs nationally.

Before moving to New York in late 2011, Dot worked and lived in Boston where she owned and operated her own private training business for many years. She also volunteered on the board of directors of the Mass Animal Coalition's Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Task Force and many other rescue and training groups.

Dot's knowledge of behavior is complemented by her strong medical knowledge gained while working as veterinary technician for many years. Her training methods are derived from her medical and scientific background along with practical hands on experience from working with hundreds of dogs and families.