The Pet Professional Guild
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The Pet Professional Guild Special Council Experts

The following industry experts have made themselves available as special council to the Pet Professional Guild Steering Committee. We thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to assist us in their areas of expertise.

Special Council Expert - Jean Donaldson.

Jean Donaldson is the principal instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers, which she founded in 1999. She is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. Her latest book, Train Like a Pro, is her first written for the lay audience, and is about basic training for family dogs. She holds degrees in Comparative Psychology and Music, and competed in numerous dog sports before transitioning full time to pet dog training in 1990. The Academy has over five hundred graduates practicing dog training and behavior counseling in most states in the US and 25 countries world-wide. Jean lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her dog, Buffy, adopted in 2002. When she is not working, she is an ardent baseball fan and student of evolutionary biology.

Special Council Expert - Applied Animal Behaviorist Dr. Karen L. Overall.

Dr. Karen Overall received her BA, MA, and VMD degrees from Penn and her PhD from UW- Madison. She completed her residency in behavioral medicine at Penn, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society as an Applied Animal Behaviorist. Dr. Overall has spent most of her teaching and research career at Penn, running the Behavior Clinic at Penn Vet for more than a dozen years before moving to the Medical School to concentrate on research. Her ongoing research focuses on neurobehavioral genetics of dogs and the development of normal and abnormal behaviors.

Dr. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses and is the author of over 100 scholarly publications, dozens of textbook chapters, of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals (1997) and Manual of Small Animal Clinical Behavioral Medicine (2012). She is the editor-in-chief for Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research (Elsevier). In 2004, Dr. Overall was awarded the Cat Writer’s Association, Inc., Certificate of Excellence for “The Social Cat” column, “Cat Fancy Magazine”. In 2005 she was the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Small Animal Speaker of the Year and in 2010 Dr. Overall was named one of the The Bark’s 100 Best and Brightest - Bark Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the dog world over the past 25 years.

In 2008 Dr. Overall was appointed by PA Governor Rendell to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Canine Health Board. She serves on the US Department of Defense’s Blue Ribbon panel on canine-post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). Dr. Overall shares her life and passions with her husband, Dr. Art Dunham, and their 4 rescue Aussies.

Special Council Expert -  Behaviorist James O'Heare


James O’Heare is a behaviorologist, having earned his Doctoral Certificate in Behaviorology from The International Behaviorology Institute, and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. James has worked with people and their companion animals (dogs, cats, parrots, ferrets, rats, rabbits etc.) for over 15 years, has written over 15 books geared to professionals, which are published throughout the word translated into several languages.  James teaches behaviorology through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute. His full professional bio is at .

Special Council Expert - Veterinary Medicine, specializing in the canine thyroid epidemic. Dr. Jean Dodds.

Dr. Dodds started Hemopet's non-profit animal blood bank and greyhound rescue/adoption program in 1986. Jean is highly respected in the animal health and veterinary. Dr Dodds is highly respected in the animal health and veterinary diagnostic fields. Today, Hemopet offers the most advanced canine thyroid testing in the world. The quality, patented technology, service and consultation is used worldwide to benefit dogs with canine thyroid disease.

Special Council Expert, Gun Dog Training. Helen Philips

Helen Philips is our Gun Dog Training Expert. A professional gundog trainer with a successful team of home bred Viszlas working through the Winter in the field. Helen taught on the Warwickshire College course in Canine Behaviour Education and Training, has achieved the award with Distinction and is a qualified Teacher in Adult Education. Helen teaches on the Clicker Trainers courses, the Teaching People Teaching Dogs courses and the specialized Gundog Training course. She also organizes the K9 Multi Sports events and is author of the Learning About Dogs book: Clicker Gundog.

Special Council Expert, Family Paws Parent Education - Jennifer Shryock.

Jennifer Shryock is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), who holds a degree in Special Education. A recognized expert on child-dog interactions and safety, Jennifer has written and spoken extensively about these topics. Her two programs, Dogs & Storks and the Dog & Baby Connection, along with many of the programs’ expert presenters, have been featured in national media from The Wall Street Journal to TV and radio.

In 2002, Jennifer, herself a mother of 4, had just adopted a rescue dog and subsequently became involved with the rescue organization as a counselor and trainer for families with babies or young children who, overwhelmed by the challenges of their situation, were on the verge of surrendering an otherwise beloved dog. Seeing how many families struggled with these problems, Jennifer decided to create an organization that could provide resources and support to expecting and new parents before a crisis arose. That organization became Dogs & Storks. In 2010, the Dog & Baby Connection, aimed at parents with toddlers, followed. Jennifer lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband, 4 children, 4 dogs, and 3 cats.

Special Council Expert, Dog Bite Prevention - Joan Orr

Joan Orr M.Sc. is a scientist and internationally recognized clicker trainer. She was a member of the Karen Pryor Clicker training Clicker Expo Faculty (2003-2011) and content creator and advisor to the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. She has trained dogs using positive reinforcement methods for more than 10 years and more recently has instructed others in clicker training techniques. She has worked with animal behaviorists and has used clicker training methods with pet dogs and puppies, problem dogs, shelter dogs, and service dogs. She is a pioneer in the field of clicker training rabbits and co-author of a book on the subject. Joan is a co-founder and president of Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education whose influence extends across North America and around the world. In association with animal behaviour specialist Teresa Lewin, Joan has co-created the dog bite prevention board game Doggone Crazy!, the “Be a Tree” bite prevention education program for elementary school children and the Clicker Puppy training DVD. Joan has published articles in numerous magazines on dog bite prevention, the promotion of positive training methods and the importance of understanding dog body language and has received many awards for her work.

Special Council Expert, Marketing and Business - Robert King

Robert is currently a Doctoral Student at Ole Miss University in Oxford MS. Robert has an MBA in Marketing and an MS in Finance and Economics. Robert's research interests lie in the area of marketing strategy, but he still dabbles in anything he finds interesting. Currently Robert is working on projects involving electronic word-of-mouth, branding, technology embeddedness, and information economics with plenty of other potpourri in the early stages.

Robert is the Vice Chair of Website Content for the AMA DocSIG. In his previous life Robert worked in marketing as a purchasing agent and event coordinator. His outside of marketing experiences range from a data analyst to a golf professional.  Robert describes his personal life as quite boring with no real hobbies other than reading, a borderline unhealthy love of food, and trying to spend time with his wife, Rebekah and their dogs.

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