Family Friendly, Individualized, 1:1 Training

 Barbara White-Willner
K-9 SOL Owner

Certified Trainer: IACP, Professional #2994; National K9 #502

Member of Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance

Evaluator: TMH Animal Therapy, Pet Partners, & AKC CGC

 

 

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"Providing Socialization, Obedience and Leadership to People and Their Pets"

Phone: 850.422.2599

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About Barbara & Partners

Barbara White-Willner, Trainer

I grew up with at least one dog in my home, and always had dogs myself.  Before becoming a professional trainer, I taught at Lincoln High School for almost 25 years.  During this time, I trained my own dogs — often at local at programs, even showing in area AKC events to earn Companion Dog titles — as well as for family and friends.

Later I searched out not only classes, but numerous trainers to help with one of my own more challenging dogs, but found no satisfactory answer. When I decided to leave the classroom, doing something with dogs was a natural so I looked for a more effective way of training.

I chose the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers' master trainer program in Columbus, Ohio. I returned certified in basic and advanced obedience, scent detection and retrieval, tracking, protection, service/assistance dog work, puppy development and temperament testing, behavior modification and more.  In 2011 I had enough years of experience to complete the IACP's professional test for certification of dog trainers so now I am doubly certified (IACP-CDT).  Owners should look for trainers who are not only professionally trained but who regularly keep up their education. I try to attend a professional workshop at least once a year to maintain, as well as expand, my knowledge of dog training.  I have been fortunate to travel to New Skete Monastery to learn about their puppy socialization and dog training program from the authors of How to be your Dog's Best Friend, etc.  I attended Debby Kay's Super Sniffer program how to train medical alert dogs but have continued my learning in this field mentoring under Becky Causey of Causey Labradors and Medical Alert Dogs.

In addition to training, I enjoy helping owners select the right dog for them. Not only can I help select the appropriate breed/mix but, once the breed/litter is chosen, I can do temperament testing to find the perfect puppy for the individual/family. Just like people, puppies are born with certain personalities and while these can be influenced, they will not be completely changed.  This is especially important if a family/individual is considering a service dog as a trainer needs to look for very specific qualities within the puppies.  

I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC (American Kennel Club); certified as a Pet Partner Evaluator as well as half a dog/human team for pet therapy & R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) with TMH Animal Therapy; a professional member and CDT (Certified Dog Trainer) with IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and member of NK9DTA (National K-9 Dog Trainers Association). 

Training Partners

My husband, Scott Willner, is my partner and helper in this business.  While he is not a certified trainer, he has learned a great deal about dogs living with a trainer and dog fanatic all these years.  I also could never manage Puppy PreSchool classes, private lessons, our own dogs, and still bring Service Dog puppies into our home at eight weeks of age to live for a year and a half, without an immense amount of help from him. 

Paxton, our oldest German Shepherd Dog, and Emerson, our other shepherd, are my distractions for obedience training, safe "Big Dog" for puppies to meet, demonstration dogs and, in Emerson's case, partner in therapy.  They are also beloved family companions.