Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and CPDT-KA.
*CPDT-KA, or Certified Professional Dog Trainers (Knowledge Assessed), are tested and certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Certified Professional Dog Trainers have earned this credential by demonstrating their knowledge and experience in dog training. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer stays informed of current knowledge in the field, is familiar with the latest, most effective training techniques and equipment, and adheres to a strict code of ethics. Doris became certified in March 2007.
Full member of the Pet Professional Guild. The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is an organization of pet industry professionals who are committed to results-based, science-based force-free training and pet care.
Cocoa, a 4-year-old American Bulldog and GSD mix weighs about 56 pounds and is available for adoption.
Doris Dressler, CPDT-KA*, has over 17 years experience training dogs. As a Canine Assistants staff trainer, she trained and placed over fifty assistance dogs for adults and children with physical disabilities and seizure disorders. She did extensive work with their local volunteer program and has spoken nationally to raise awareness about service dogs. As Canine Assistants After Care Coordinator, she worked with existing service dog teams addressing behavior issues and providing training assistance.
Doris has been doing private dog training since 2007. She is an approved Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Program evaluator. Doris is also a C.L.A.S.S. instructor and is in the process of implementing this program at the Big Canoe Animal Rescue. She also writes a monthly dog training column for Big Canoe's Smoke Signals newspaper.
Doris enjoys doing agility, noseworks, rally obedience and dock diving with her own dog Drop, a Labrador Retriever. Drop has also earned his NTD (Novice Trick Dog) title and ITD (Intermediate Trick Dog) title.
Instructor at Camp Unleashed in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Camp Unleashed offers people and their dogs the opportunity to relax and bond while participating in educational and off-leash activities in the beautiful North Georgia mountains.
Volunteer staff trainer for the Big Canoe Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter located near Jasper, Georgia.
Adoption days are held at Big Canoe Animal Rescue every Saturday from 11 - 2 pm.
"Where there is great love,
there are great miracles."