Curriculum Vitae of Michelle Douglas, CPDT-KA, CDBC

Biographical Information:
Michelle Douglas, CPDT-KA, CDBC formed THE REFINED CANINE, LLC and began training dogs and their people in 1997 
Michelle is a regular guest on
 Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH News 8
The Refined Canine, LLC has been featured in the New Haven Register and Connecticut Post newspapers, and on Cablevision channel 12
Michelle is a regular guest on the
Chaz & AJ morning show on 99.1 FM, WPLR
Michelle has a blog on, Ian and Kelly Dunbar's web-resource for pet owners and trainers
Michelle is a past president (2010) of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Michelle served as Vice President (2011) and Trustee for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to raising money for research and education in dog training & behavior 

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) #308 (12/05, recert '07, '09, '11, 13, ’15)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) #3010110 (9/01, recert '04, '07, '10, ’13, ‘16)
AKC Canine Good Citizen® Approved Evaluator #28046 (since 2007)

Certified Mentor Trainer, Animal Behavior College (since 2006)
Certified Presenter for the Dogs & Storks™ Program (since 2006)
Certified Presenter for the Dogs & Toddlers™ Program (since 2011)
Private Instructor Certification through Animal Behavior & Training Associates (2000)Group
Instructor Certification through Animal Behavior & Training Associates (1998-2000)

Letters from your Dog Seminar                                                                                                                                                  2018
Ask the Trainer - Dog Days with EARS and Annual Fall Festival for the Stratford STARS Animals                                        2018
More Quick Tips - Ask The Trainer - Westport Dog Festival (Demo)                                                                                       2018
Letters from your Dog Highlights - Dog Days at Bass Pro Shop                                                                                              2018
Quick Tips for Good Manners - Westport Dog Festival (Training Demo)                                                                               2017
Dog Quirks - Dog Days at Bass Pro Shop                                                                                                                                   2017
Dog Training for Real Life - CT Pet Expo, Bridgeport CT (speaker)                                                                                         2016
Ask The Trainer - Hamden Annual Fall Festival (speaker)                                                                                                        2016
Quick Tips for Good Manners - Westport Dog Festival (Training Demo)                                                                               2016
How Your Dog Sees the World - CT Pit Bull Awareness Day (speaker)                                                                                   2014
Decoding Your Dog - Stratford STARS Festival for the Animals (speaker)                                                                              2014
Making a Pit Bull Ambassador - CT Pit Bull Awareness Day (speaker)                                                                                   2013
Training Dragons - Dog Training for Kids - Stratford STARS Festival for the Animals (speaker)                                             2013
Socialization, What It Is & Why It's Important - CT Pit Bull Awareness Day (speaker)                                                           2012
Lessons Learned From Tragedy - CT Pit Bull Awareness Day (speaker)                                                                                 2011
Full Moons & Devil Dogs Interactive Workshop for dog trainers (presenter)                 (APDT Conference) 2010, (DTC) 2011
Aggression Roundtable for Dog Trainers (Dog Trainers Connection ~ moderator)                                                             2010
Living with Aggression seminar (presenter)                                                                                                                               2007

Published Works:
Top Tips from Top Trainers (©2010 TFH Publications)
Dogs & Storks, A Program for Expectant Families with Dogs, article published in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog (©2009)
Canine Separation Anxiety, article published on Dr. Jeff Vidt's website (©2007)
The Dog Trainer's Resource, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog Collection (©2006 Dogwise)
Training The Chinese Shar Pei, article published on Dr. Jef Vidt's Website (©2006)

Separation Anxiety Webinar with Dr. John Cirabassi, DACVB                                                                                                 2019
Taking a Behavior History Webinar with Dr. John Cirabassi, DACVB                                                                                       2019
Teamwork: Building Cooperation On and Off Leash                                                                                                                2016
Applied Animal Behavior Academy - Client Comunications Certificate Course                                                                 2016
Prosperous Pet Business Conference - Online 10-day Conference                                                                                        2015
Sociability Vs Aggression - Sue Sternberg 2-day workshop                                                                                                      2015
Handler's Choice for Obedience - Denise Fenzi 1-day workshop                                                                                           2015
Prosperous Pet Business Conference - Online 10-day Conference                                                                                         2014
Off-Leash Reliability & Games - Handler (Dr. Dunbar)                                                                                                               2014
The Dominance Myth - Fearfulness, Reactivity & Aggression in Dogs (Dr. Dunbar)                                                               2013
The Power of Rewards - Webinar by Good Dogs of America                                                                                                   2012
Science-Based Dog Training with Feeling! Dr Ian Dunbar seminar (3-day) NYC                                                                    2012
Sirius Dog Training Academy Dr Ian Dunbar (4-day academy) Albany NY                                                                            2011
Annual Educational Conferences of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) (10)      1998 – 2003, 2007, 2009-2011, 2018
             * Each conference is 5 days of intense seminars on all aspects of animal training and care
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conferences (2)                                                                 2007, 2011
Dog Trainers rountable NYC                                                                                                                                                        2010
Biting Dog Conference                                                                                                                                                                2006
Ian Dunbar Teleconference                                                                                                                                                        2006
Sue Sternberg (2 seminars)                                                                                                                                                          2006
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Technician Symposium                                                                                 2005
New England Veterinary Medical Association, Scientific Conference (for Technicians)                                                     2004
Sea World, Animal Keeper for a day                                                                                                                                          2003
Sea World, Animal Trainer for a day                                                                                                                                           2001
Dr. Ian Dunbar’s 3-Day Instructor’s Workshop                                                                                                                           2001
Cornell University, Preventing & Solving Canine Behavior Problems 2-day seminar                                                            1997
New England Dog Training Association, Solving Behavior Problems 2-day seminars                                             1996 & 1997
Connecticut K-9 Education Center, Graduate, Professional Dog Training                                                                          1997
Southern Connecticut State University, Major: Business                                                                                                         1996
Mount Ida College, Newton, MA, Major: Veterinary Technology and Canine Science                                                   1995
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, Major: Music and Pre-Veterinary Medicine                                       1993  -  1995

Association of Professional Humane Educators                                                                                                          Since 2016
Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP)                                                                                                 Since 2014

Association of Pet Dog Trainers Board of Directors   (VP 2009, President 2010)                                                       2008 - 2011
Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)                                                                        1998 - 2012
Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)                               Since 2005
Member of the IAABC Standards Commision Applicant Review Board                                                                   2006 - 2007
Member of the IAABC Animals As Other Nations Award (2007) Committee                                                            2006 - 2007
Volunteer with Peis and Strays Rescue Organization                                                                                                    Since 2005
Founding Member of the CT Pet Projects Pet Squad                                                                                                   Since 2005
Volunteer with North American Shar Pei Rescue                                                                                                          Since 2002
Volunteer at several local (CT) animal shelters (independent)                                                                                   Since 1999
Member of APDT Member Relations & Communications Committee                                                                       Since 1999
Chair of APDT Member Relations Committee                                                                                                               2002 - 2004
Member of the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America (CSPCA).                                                                                     Since 1995
Competed and advanced to the finals in Talent America.                                                                                                  1993
Member of the Black Onion Players summer theatre group:
           *performer and Dance Captain for the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.                                                        1993
Performed with Yale University’s Summer Chorus.                                                                                                                   1992

Professional Work Experience:
PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER & BEHAVIOR CONSULTANT                                                                                Jan 1997 – present
The Refined Canine, LLC (Owner)
Animal Behavior & Training Associates contracted with PetCo (1998-2000)
Conducting private lessons, behavior consultations and all levels of group classes using positive reinforcement techniques.
Researching, diagnosing and developing gentle treatment programs for a wide range of behavior problems. 
Volunteering with rescue groups, assessing behavior and educating shelter staff in gentle training methods.
Designing specialty training classes for common problems, reactive dogs and other advanced programs
Developing an extensive apprenticeship program to educate and foster professional growth in new dog trainers 

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN                                                                                                                                    2004 - 2005, 1996 - 1997
Several hospitals while in college                                                                                                                                 
Smith Ridge Veterinary Center                                                                                                                                                                                
Assisting in surgery and restraining for examinations, vaccinations and treatments.
Keeping hospitalized and boarded animals clean, comfortable and exercised.
Various aspects of hospital maintenance and medical treatments
Greeting clients and creating a rapport with animals and care-giver
Answering client questions by phone, maintaining good relationships
Reason for leaving: birth of my first child, staying at home 

References Available Upon Request

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