Gracie Davis-Darois, Dean of Canine Behavior

Gracie Davis-Darois, Dean of Canine Behavior

Gracie Davis-Darois came to us from unknown roots. She was discovered in an animal shelter in 2002, at about age 8 months, and apparently her past was quite difficult, as we’ve never been able to get her to open up and tell us about it. There were a few rough patches in her early years, but she has risen above adversity to become perhaps the leading authority on matters of canine behavior at the university. Gracie has studied all the greats, and has practical, paws-on experience with almost every modern method of behavioral observation, behavior modification and training currently known. And let’s face it, she’s a dog, so who knows more about canine behavior than that?

Gracie enjoys her role overseeing the Behavior Department, and does considerable community outreach as an ambassador for training, rescue and her breed, the Golden Retriever. In her spare time, Gracie enjoys developing recipes for wonderful dog food and treats, as well as writing poetry and light prose.

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Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis

I’ve been working with dogs and their people for more than 30 years! I’m certified in dog training by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (I’m also a founding member, currently Chair of Dog Division and serve on the faculty of their behavior consulting program, Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles and Practice). I’m also certified in training and behavior by the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, and serve on their advisory board. I’m pleased to participate as an AKC CGC/S.T.A.R. Puppy program as an Evaluator.


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