Résumés

Nancy M. Kelly (and Angus)
  • B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University
  • CPDT-KA from CCPDT, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
  • Professional Member of APDT, Association of Professional Dog Trainers 
  • 25 years of experience professionally training dogs and teaching people
  • 5 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician

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Writing and Teaching

2018: Wrote a new training manual for raising and training foster dogs inside a facility housing and rehabilitating troubled adolescent girls, with an emphasis on staff learning to manage and interact appropriately with the dogs, residents learning to train and groom the dogs as vocations, and using low-stress handling techniques to produce high-quality pet dogs that are easily adopted and fare well in a family environment. Additional emphasis was on using some of the dogs to participate in therapy sessions with the residents. 

2016: Wrote and published a training manual for Give Us Paws describing a new program for training service dogs with emphasis on behavior principles, accurate planning and documentation, and uniform training procedures among trainers and handlers. Includes specific protocols and schedules with focus on efficient and effective training.

Training Positions

2018: Wrote a new training manual for raising and training foster dogs inside a facility housing and rehabilitating troubled adolescent girls, with an emphasis on staff learning to manage and interact appropriately with the dogs, residents learning to train and groom the dogs as vocations, and using low-stress handling techniques to produce high-quality pet dogs that are easily adopted and fare well in a family environment. Additional emphasis was on using some of the dogs to participate in therapy sessions with the residents. 

2016: Wrote and published a training manual for Give Us Paws describing a new program for training service dogs with emphasis on behavior principles, accurate planning and documentation, and uniform training procedures among trainers and handlers. Includes specific protocols and schedules with focus on efficient and effective training.

2000 – Present: Consultant with English Springer Rescue America; I consult on behavior issues in several states using video, phone conversations, email, and sometimes in-person visits to gather information necessary for using standard procedures to evaluate foster dogs showing aggression, fear, and other behavior issues, working on a team to determine outcome of these dogs. In the process, I teach regional coordinators to refer to results and conclusions of research available to them to allow a logical assessment process.

Education and Titles

November, 2011: Earned CPDT-KA certification, certificate number 2112795. 

2001 – Present: I participated in all of Bob Bailey’s Operant Conditioning Workshops, some of them twice. I travelled to Hot Springs, Arkansas; Borlange, Sweden; and Columbia, Maryland to study with Bob. I actively pursue other continuing education opportunities as well.

August, 1984: Bachelor of Science Degree, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

The presenters at the 10th Annual Art & Science of Animal Training Conference with the University of North Texas students who organize the conference.
6 trainers have attended all 10 of the Art & Science of Animal Training Conferences! 5 are pictured here, including me, with Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Alexandra Kurland, Steve White, and Ken Ramirez in recognition.