AABP Advisory Board Members advise and make recommendations to the Director on the direction and policies of the AABP.


James O'Heare, DLBC, IAABC-CDBC, IAABC-CPBC Director, Exam Committee Chair

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., AABP-CABT, Advisory Board Member

Molly Stone, Dip.A.B., IAABC-CDBC, CC/SF-SPCA, AABP-CDBT, Vice Director, Advisory Board Member

Debra Millikan, Dip.ABST, Dip.DTBC, AABP-CABT, Advisory Board Member, Ethics Committee Chair

Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, IAABC-CDBC, AABP-CDBT, Advisory Board Member

Nicole Wilde, B.A., CPDT-KA, AABP-CDBT, Advisory Board Member

Jo Jacques, IAABC-CDBC, CPDT-KA, AABP-CDBT, Advisory Board Member, Ethics Committee

Bev Clark, AABP-CDT, Advisory Board Member

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Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., IAABC-CABT
AABP Advisory Board Member


Susan G. Friedman, PhD, began her career in psychology nearly 30 years ago at a residential treatment center where she counseled adolescents with severe behavior problems and taught social interaction skills. It was there that she first discovered the relevance of Applied Behavior Analysis for helping children learn to use their personal power in productive ways. Later, as Coordinator of Training for the center’s school and autistic unit Susan developed her commitment to training parents and teachers to effectively use positive behavioral strategies to instruct and influence children.  


In 1985, she left the treatment center to earn her doctorate in Special Education at Utah State University, where she specialized in educational/psychological research methods. After completing her doctorate, she joined the faculty in the Department of Bilingual Special Education at the University of Colorado for two years.  She then served as the first Director of the American School in Lesotho, Southern Africa where she lived for five years with her husband and two daughters.


Currently, Susan is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University.  In the last decade, Susan has helped pioneer efforts to apply to animals the humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been so effective with human learners.  The guiding principle of this approach is a hierarchy of teaching interventions starting with the most positive, least intrusive, effective behavior solutions.


Susan is a steadfast proponent of changing behavior through facilitation rather than force. These tools of facilitation focus on animals’ extraordinary biologic capacity to learn by interacting with their environment.  She teaches that by changing the environment for success, animals learn to behave successfully.  Susan currently teaches Living and Learning with Parrots: The Fundamental Principles of Behavior to online and workshop students, veterinarians and animal professionals several times a year and is the first author on two chapters on learning and behavior for two avian veterinary texts (G. Harrison’s Avian Veterinary Compendium and A. Luescher’s Manual Parrot Behavior). She is a core member of the California Condor Recovery Team and takes every opportunity to work with companion animal caregivers, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers to empower and enrich the lives of all learners.  Foremost in this interdisciplinary effort is her passion for and commitment to working with companion parrots and their caregivers.

AABP Advisory Board Member


Counseling Certification (SF-SPCA Graduation with Honors)

Diploma of Animal Behavior (Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Graduate with Distinction)

Diploma of Advanced Canine Behavioral Sciences (Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Student)

Memberships and Affiliations

Professional Member: Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Certified Member: International Association of Dog Behavior Counselors

Member: Animal Behavior Society: Humane Society of the United States; American Humane Association

Professional Member: Association of Animal Behavior Professionals

Current Experience:

Staff Animal Behavior Specialist: SPCA of Wake County, Raleigh, NC (

Board Member: CASI (

Advisory Board Member: AABP (

Molly designed one of only a hand full of progressive shelter programs that make use of crate training / house training program with the communal housing and obedience training protocols (like the SFSPCA, San Diego, and Richmond). Molly evaluates all the dogs for adoption, writes and maintains their daily schedule, care (feeding, turn outs, environment enrichment, etc), and training programs. At the shelter, she also trains the staff and volunteers to implement the programs, and she oversees whether or not things are going well and makes adjustments as necessary. Molly is also responsible for "matching" dogs in the communal shelter "Bedrooms" with their roommates, and overseeing introductions of shelter dogs to owned dogs that belong to families that are considering adopting from the SPCA. Molly's dog training and behavior modification counseling services are available free of charge to anyone that adopts a dog or a cat from the SPCA and then encounters behavior problems after their new pets have come home. Molly is also a Board Member with the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, and an Advisory Board Member with the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals.

Debra Millikan, Dip.ABST, Dip.DTBC, AABP-CABT



- Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training

- Diploma in Dog Training and Behavior Consulting

- Diploma of Animal Behavior Science and Technology specializing in dog training and behavior

- CAP 1 & CAP 2



 Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals Certifications:

- AABP Certified Dog Trainer (CDT)

- AABP Certified Animal Behavior Technologist (CDBT)

- AABP Certified Dog Behavior Technologist (CDBT)

Full Member, Pet Professional Guild



- Head Instructor, Canine Behavioural School Inc (

- Consultant and Trainer, Adelaide Pet Dog Training (

- Advisory Board Member, Association of Animal Behavior Professionals

- Advisory Board Member, Companion Animal Sciences Institute

- Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator (APDT US)


Having spent 25 years in the traditional dog world of showing, competing with her dogs in obedience, endurance and agility as well as judging obedience, Debra’s discovery of positive dog training was a life altering experience.  She read avidly about the subject whilst living in Europe and on her return home to Australia, undertook the Delta Society Australia Canine Good Citizen Instructors’ Course (Cert IV in Dog Behavioural Training).  This was soon followed by further study with the Companion Animal Sciences Institute attaining a double diploma (Dog Training & Behavior Consulting and Animal Behavior Science & Technology) in 2009.

Debra has always enjoyed the “train the trainer” aspect of her dog world. She is active in teaching at workshops and seminars and particularly enjoys teaching  cross over trainers about positive training and how to incorporate “pet dog” training into a more traditional “obedience” curriculum.  Debra also runs workshops that help trainers to improve their handling and clicker skills as well as how to incorporate fun, games and tricks into  their classes.  She was a speaker at the inaugural New Zealand APDT education meeting and has spoken at the Australian APDT education meeting.  Debra mentors students involved in dog training studies and runs an in house training program for the volunteers of the Canine Behavioural School in Adelaide, South Australia.

Debra’s articles have been published in various dog control body journals around Australia and New Zealand and she has been published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the AABP as well as the CASI Board.

Debra shares her life with her very tolerant husband, Arnold and Bruno the old Brussels Griffon and Mace, the young Bouvier des Flandres who keep her constantly amused and beguiled.



AABP Advisory Board Member

Barbara Davis is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) and IAABC 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 (, 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 ( 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.

AABP Advisory Board Member


Nicole Wilde is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) who specializes in behavior issues. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a popular speaker at the organization’s national conferences. She is also an Instructor and on the Advisory Board for The Companion Animal Sciences Institute.

Nicole is an internationally recognized author and lecturer. Her books include Living with Wolfdogs, Wolfdogs A-Z, So You Want to be a Dog Trainer, It’s Not the Dogs, It’s the People!, One on One: A Dog Trainer’s Guide to Private Training, and Help for Your Fearful Dog. She writes training and behavior articles for various newspapers and magazines, including an ongoing training column for Modern Dog Magazine. Nicole co-stars in the DVD “Train Your Dog: The Positive Gentle Method,” co-hosts the “Dog Talk” radio show, and was featured in the Paul Owens DVD “The Dog Whisperer.” 

Nicole’s experience includes a position as Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles’ Animal Services, where she instructed volunteers in canine handling and behavior, handled hundreds of dogs, and served as adoption counselor. She served as Executive Director for Villalobos Rescue Center, a sanctuary for rescued wolves/wolf hybrids, pit bulls and exotic animals. Nicole’s specialty was socializing fearful wolves who were to live out their lives at the center. She also trained wolves and other canines and gave seminars for animal control officers, schools and specialty groups. Nicole’s experience is rounded out by having worked at a doggy daycare (supervising 40-50 off-leash dogs daily!), a veterinarian’s office, giving group classes as well as personal instruction, and holding a position as Editor-in-Chief for a Get-A-Pet magazine.

Nicole owns and operates Gentle Guidance Dog Training in Southern California ( With warmth, humor and positive techniques, she trains owner to train their dogs. Nicole continues to teach national and international seminars for professional and aspiring dog trainers, to educate the public, and to assist rescue groups and dogs in need whenever possible. 


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PO Box 323Salem, MA 01970

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Member, No Shock Collar Coalition

President 2005-2012, International Siberian Husky Club

IAABC# 023 

CAPDT# 064427

AABP# 024

AABP Certified Dog Behavior Technologist

AABP Certified Dog Trainer

ABMA # 221012

Jo Jacques is an IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Associate Cat Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Pet Care Technician, member of the APDT (#064427), IAABC (#023), AABP (#024) and the ABMA (#221012) who runs WiggleBums! Dog-FriendlyTraining & Behavior.

Jo is  dedicated to using only pet-friendly, non-force methods of training and behavior modification with all animals, and focuses on enhancing and maintaining the human-animal bond, using primarily Clicker Training, along with lure/reward, model/rival, and functional behavior analysis methodologies. Jo specializes in working with multiple-pet families, as well as the so-called 'hard to train' or 'stubborn' breeds, and is past-President of the International Siberian Husky Club. 

Jo has been a Licensed Presenter for Family Paws Parent Education since2009, consulting privately with expectant parents and families with children who are having issues between their pets and children.

Jo works with many rescue organizations as both a Behavior Consultant and foster home provider for dogs needing help adjusting before their adoption, and teaches shelter staff clicker training methods to enhance feral cats' adoptability.

Jo is a past columnist for, as well as author, withNannette Morgan, BA, CPDT, of "Does Breed Matter? Utilizing theSiberian Husky's Genetic Blueprint When Training" (APDT Chronicle of the Dog, Nov/Dec 2007) and with Sandy Myers, CDBC, of "ElectronicTraining Devices: A Review of Current Literature" (Animal BehaviorConsulting:Theory and Practice, Spring 2007).

Jo lives in Salem, MA with with her current "Woo Crew" of threeSiberian Huskies, a retired Greyhound, four cats and an Iguana.