Hi there. I’m Robin Bennett, and I’m a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). I am also an author and a consultant for pet care facilities on the subjects of dog daycare, training and off-leash dog play. In my 20 years in the pet care industry, I’ve become an advocate of safe interactions between dogs and people and between dogs and other dogs.
This is my personal blog. It is focused on safe off leash dog play and dog training. My 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. I think this is possible, but you have to be intentional about it.
I write about dog parks, dog daycares, off leash dog play, dog training, the pet care industry and business practices, and, on occasion, stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into any of those categories.
I try to post about once a week…sometimes more if I am so inclined! If you don’t want to miss out, you can subscribe to my blog on the home page. If you want to read more about me continue on for my full biography.
I have been involved in the pet care industry for the past 20 years as a dog trainer and dog daycare expert. I founded All About Dogs, the largest dog training company in Virginia grew it from a sole proprietorship to a Corporation that boasts over ten instructors teaching private lessons as well as numerous group classes and behavior modification lessons for shy, fearful and aggressive dogs. For 8 years I was also a co-owner of Dream Dog Productions, a business which provided dog related products and resources to pet care professionals.
I successfully owned and operated my own dog daycare for many years. My book All About Dog Daycare: A Blueprint For Success is the number one reference on owning a daycare, and Off Leash Dog Play, c0-authored with Susan Briggs is the key reference on supervising dogs in playgroups. I am a speaker on numerous dog daycare and playgroup topics around the country. I have a passion for educating pet facility owners and staff on safe handling techniques and canine body language with a staff training program developed with Susan Briggs called Knowing Dogs. Together Susan Briggs and I (better known as “The Dog Gurus”) have recently launched the best resource for off-leash play at www.safeoffleashdogplay.com.
I am an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and am honored to be the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for this association that reaches more than 5,200 members in 48 countries worldwide. I have a B.A. degree from Roanoke College and regularly attend dog training seminars. I have earned professional certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers.
I am a retired Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve. I have two adult children (Leanna and Nathan) and am married to my wonderful husband, Greg. We live in Stafford, Virginia.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing with dogs (of course), and traveling in my class A motorhome. I am a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Stafford, Virginia where I have volunteered for the past several years.
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