Doris Dressler, CPDT-KA, has over 17 years of experience training dogs. As a Canine Assistants staff trainer, she trained and placed over fifty assistance dogs for adults and children with physical disabilities and seizure disorders. She did extensive work with their local volunteer program and has spoken nationally to raise awareness about service dogs. As Canine Assistants after care coordinator, she worked with existing service dog teams addressing behavior issues and providing training assistance. Doris has been doing private dog training since 2007 (www.luvk9s.com). She also volunteers her services as staff trainer for the Big Canoe Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter located near Jasper, Ga. and is an active member of the Big Canoe Dog Park committee.
Doris is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is an approved Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. puppy program evaluator. Doris is also a C.L.A.S.S. instructor and is in the process of implementing this program at the Big Canoe Animal Rescue. She also writes a monthly dog training column for Smoke Signals. Her own dog, Drop, a yellow Labrador retriever, joined the household in 2009. Drop is a tennis ball fanatic, and in typical lab fashion, loves to swim. Drop earned his NTD (Novice Trick Dog Title) and ITD (Intermediate Trick Dog Title) in early 2012. Drop and Doris also enjoy doing agility, scent work, rally obedience and dock diving.