Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

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Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA
Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

Off-leash play can be both a wonderful outlet for a dog and a dangerous environment for a dog. There are some real benefits dogs can receive from playing with other dogs, but not all playgroups are created equal. Robin Bennett is committed to raising the bar of safety in off-leash play to help keep the dogs safe. Her philosophy is that if you are going to be around dogs, especially if you are in the pet care industry caring for dogs, they should leave you and your facility behaviorally better (and certainly not worse!) than when they came to you. Robin will help you learn the best practices for off-leash play that will provide you with better staff training, lower payroll, and ultimately the safest possible environment for all the dogs in your care.

Robin Bennett is an author and consultant for pet care facilities on the subjects of dog daycare, training, and off-leash dog play. Her book All About Dog Daycare:  A Blueprint for Success is the number one reference on owning a daycare, and her book, Off-Leash Dog Play, co-authored by Susan Briggs is the key reference on supervising dogs in playgroups.

Robin has a passion for educating pet care facility owners on safe handling techniques and canine body language with the Staff Training Program she developed with Susan Briggs called Knowing Dogs. Together Robin and Susan (better known as "The Dog Gurus") have recently launched the best resource for off-leash play at www.TheDogGurus.com.

Robin is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has a B.A. degree from Roanoke College.  She regularly attends dog training seminars and has earned certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers.

Robin is a retired Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserves, and is married with two children. She lives in Stafford, Virginia.