See Spot Shine: Training for Dogs and Their Humans

See Spot Shine

training for dogs & their humans

Science-based for results
Gentle for your & your dog's well-being

Tashi, After her 1st weekend of Rally
Tashi, after her 1st four APDT Rally Obedience trials

Barbara and Tashi, with Judge Peg Munves, after a perfect run by Tashi
Barbara & Tashi with Judge Peg Munves, after Tashi's 1st perfect run

Tashi, 1st Place: High Combined Scores
1st Place: High Combined Scores, APDT Rally


Training Philosophy

Make training fun! Spot will love you for it & love learning, too!

At See Spot Shine, all training methods are firmly rooted in learning theory, positive reinforcement in particular. We will never use force or fear to train your dog. Instead, we will use training to build the bond between you and your dog. In addition to being more humane — and fun! — positive reinforcement training, studies are showing, is more effective.

"If the Navy SEALs can train their dogs with a lot of praise and reward, then I think anybody can."
         – John Bradshaw, biologist and author of Dog Sense

In keeping with the scientific — and humane — evidence, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) all recommend finding a trainer who has a firm grasp of learning theory and whose training relies primarily on positive reinforcement.

AVSAB: How to Choose a Trainer (PDF)

About Barbara


  ◊ Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)
  ◊ Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT)
  ◊ APDT C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator

CPDT-KSAs complete a minimum of 225 hours as head trainer, and demonstrate proficiency in learning theory, canine ethology, husbandry, classroom management, and instruction skills. Successful candidates demonstrate proficiency through both written and practical exams.

PMCTs complete courses of study, under Pat Miller's personal tutelage, in learning theory, behavior modification, and classroom instruction. Exams are administered by Pat Miller herself, and are both written and practical.

An advocate of adoption, Barbara also holds a certificate in behavior assessments of shelter dogs, and has volunteered her time at shelters in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.

Barbara regularly — and enthusiastically! — attends workshops and seminars to ensure that her methods and practices make use of recent discoveries and innovations in the field. She has attended seminars and workshops with such luminaries as Patricia McConnell, Pat Miller, and Ken Ramirez, and has assisted Pat Miller at Pat's renowned Reactive Rover workshop.

Amongst Barbara's teachers are two former shelter dogs, both BBDs: Tomba and Tashi. Tomba is currently enjoying practicing scent detection. Having started with sweet birch, he is now branching out. Tashi is a sporting dog. While her love is agility, Barbara's knees (and lack of coordination) limit them somewhat. So, in the ring, they have played Rally and Obedience. In the United States, Tashi earned the title of APDT Rally Obedience Champion Excellent (ARCHX), placing 8th in national rankings that year. She was also the first mixed breed to earn the CD-C obedience title in New England. Since moving to Canada, Tashi has discovered the joys of Canadian Association of Rally Obedience. With CARO Novice and Advanced titles under her collar, Tashi is now internationally titled. Not to leave her creative side untended, Tashi she made her theater debut in Sam Gold's production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House" with Lili Taylor, Josh Hamilton, and Tony-award nominee Lily Rabe at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. You can learn more about Tomba and Tashi and the toys and training treats they recommend at the See Spot Shine blog.

Join the fun! Contact Barbara today to learn how to make good behavior fun for your dog. Spot will love you for it, and love learning, too.

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*Pat Miller currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; is a past president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers; Training Editor of Whole Dog Journal; and author of The Power of Positive Dog Training, Positive Perspectives, Positive Perspectives 2, Play With Your Dog, and Do Over Dogs.

Barbara massaging Tomba
Tomba enjoying a massage

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