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    Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

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About Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

The Dog Trainer wants you and your dog to have a wonderful time together. If you've got a puppy, get simple, sensible pointers for raising her. Rambunctious adolescent? Transform him into a civilized adult. As for the grownups, no dog is too old to learn new tricks - or better manners. The Dog Trainer explains how to get the polite behaviors you want and then turn those behaviors into lifelong habits. Whether you're housetraining, teaching your dog to roll over, or wondering how to evaluate a dog walker, The Dog Trainer can help. Check out The Dog Trainer's book, The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet.

Jolanta Benal got her first dog in 1998, when she was persuaded to adopt a stray. It turned out to be fun teaching Isabella to jump through a hoop and come when called. Then her family's second dog, Muggsy, also a stray, turned out to bite when he was scared: welcome to the wonderful world of behavior modification! Jolanta now holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Jolanta helps clients with general manners problems and also with serious difficulties such as aggression and separation anxiety. Jolanta also volunteers with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings). She's happy to report that the science supports dog-friendly, human-friendly training, with plenty of rewards and fun.

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