Introducing our #ABSS19 Speakers! You won’t want to miss this line-up.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh. While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.
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Debbie is a also a frequent lecturer at veterinary conferences and speaks internationally in the dog training world, including ClickerExpo. Debbie is a published author and her writing has been featured in the Veterinary Technician, Today’s Veterinary Technician, and American Veterinarian journals. She is co-editor and a contributing author to the text Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses and Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice –Behavior. Debbie Martin and Dr. Martin co-authored Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog book and the acclaimed Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right for Instructors Course.
As the owner and primary clinician for the Animal Behavior Clinic, he brings an approach to behavioral therapy which combines learning theory, medical training, and experience along with compassion and effective communication to create a balanced treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Pachel’s methodology emphasizes the importance of the human animal bond and the role that companion animals play in the lives of their families.
Outside of direct patient care, Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught undergraduate and professional courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of a book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.
Sarah is the owner of Yaletown Dog Training in downtown Vancouver. She works mainly with aggressive or fearful dogs and regularly helps dogs with on-leash reactivity.
Prior to dog training Sarah worked for many years as a Registered Nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Department. She continues to work at the BC Pre-hospital Resuscitation Research Group working with a focus on cardiac arrest and stroke research.
Sarah is a BC SPCA volunteer, an avid Crossfit member and is currently taking courses to become a Vegan Pastry Chef. She lives in Vancouver with her partner Levor, and their adopted dogs Macy and Bear.
Lisbeth is a strong advocate for increased professionalism and continuing education for professional dog trainers, and is a founding member and currently Vice President of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association (VIATA).
Lisbeth is an Associate Certified Member in the Dog Division of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants, holds a Certificate in Applied Animal Behaviour from the University of Washington, a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Behaviour Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She specializes in the behaviour modification of fearful, reactive and aggressive dogs, which she works with on a daily basis.