Barbara Davis, CPDT, CDBC, PDT, PDBC
AABP Advisory Board Member
Barbara Davis is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) specializing in behavior counseling for family companion dogs. Barbara is a professional member of the Association of Pet
Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a founding member of and Western Regional Coordinator for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Barbara is also a founding member of Truly Dog Friendly (www.trulydogfriendly.com), a coalition of dog trainers and behavior consultants concerned with the proliferation of the use of shock collars and other training tools and methods based on coercion, fear and pain.
Barbara’s love of dogs began in childhood, when her family acquired their first dog, a weimaraner puppy; raising and training him was Barbara’s responsibility and greatest joy. Since then, she’s shared her life with a diverse parade of canine companions. Her experience includes positions as volunteer trainer and behavior counselor for several Riverside County, CA,
animal shelters, where she provided instruction to staff and volunteers in handling and behavior, provided intake counseling and adoption counseling, and offered basic classes to the general public to help ensure successful adoptions. Barbara is one of only 3 licensed presenters for the nationally-recognized “Dogs & Storks” program, the first formal pre-natal preparation program geared toward helping families with dogs get ready for the arrival of the human baby! Barbara currently serves as President of the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue, one of the largest breed-specific rescues in the region. She’s also a regular contributor to the APDT Chronicle of the Dog’s “On Behavior” column.
Barbara owns and operates BADDogsInc Family Dog Training and Behavior in southern California (www.baddogsinc.com). Focusing on the family companion practice, Barbara enjoys creating custom programs for dogs and their families geared towards helping family companion dogs learn how to live successfully in human households, and to help the human family members learn to include their dogs in their lives to the greatest extent possible. Barbara also specializes in behavior counseling for families experiencing the canine challenges of fear, aggression, anxiety and almost anything else. With extensive experience in the rescue community, Barbara supports rescue and shelter adoptions by offering specially-priced programs for the families of adopted dogs, to help ensure their smooth integration into their new homes.