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dog obedience schoolRoseann Burrets-Baars CPDT-KA, CVT, CCRP an ardent advocate for progressive, reward-based, dog training, has been professionally training dogs of all ages, breeds and mixes for nearly 20 years. Her methods focus on positive reinforcement, compassionately educating dogs and their families throughout the training process. Roseann’s behavioral areas of expertise include working with fearful aggressive dogs. She currently holds two prestigious dog training certifications: the CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed) certification awarded by the Certification Council For Pet Dog Trainers and a unique Purdue University certification, which allows her to work side-by-side with her client’s veterinary behavior specialist to implement the recommendations made for modifying their dog’s behavior. Roseann is also a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. This additional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, orthopedic problems and sports injuries, etc. affords her with a unique perspective on dogs and their welfare and safety during training.

Passionate about learning everything possible about dogs, she enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Camden County College. The course work allowed her to become a credentialed vet nurse, and culminated in Roseann receiving an Associate in Science degree in Animal Science and graduating with honors. She was also the recipient of their coveted, departmental excellence award. Prior to receiving her Animal Science degree she received an AS degree in Biology which was the foundation for her understanding of the science of dog behavior and love for the study of biology.

She currently holds the following certifications, academic achievements and memberships:.

-CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed)
    -CVT (credentialed/certified veterinary technician)
    -CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner)
    -Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
    -Certified in Canine First Aid and CPR: American Red Cross
    -Certified Hospice Volunteer, therapy dog visits
    -ASC-AAS (Camden County College)
    -Associates in Science Degree (Biology) Brookdale Community College
    -Member of the NASCW (National Association of Canine Scent Work)

Early in her career Roseann honed her canine husbandry, handling, reading and training skills at Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption in the Catskill Mountains (Accord, N. Y.). During a two-year apprenticeship, her work there focused on training, playing with and socializing dogs waiting for their forever homes. She enthusiastically participated in the innovative training programs RVAA developed for dogs surrendered to the shelter where their comprehensive social enrichment programs such as, Train To Adopt, allowed homeless, and often previously untrained dogs to become more suitable for adoption and remain in their new homes. She also participated in developing a wide range of class curricula for the courses she taught there, including Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner Dog Obedience, Canine Good Citizen (a specialty class), and Just For Fun Agility.

Conscientious about being well trained and keeping up with developments in her field, Roseann continues to study with a veritable list of "who's who" in the Animal Training and Behavior fields, including: Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson (a week long camp for instructors), Ted Turner, Dr. Roger Abrantes, Dr. Ian Dunbar (a puppy trainers workshop), Dr. Raymond Coppinger, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Dr. Pamela Reid, Dr. Andrew Luescher, Sue Sternberg, John Fisher and John Rogerson’s week long camp for instructors, twice. She is a graduate of the Dogs Of Course, Instructors Training Camp and she attended the very first clicker training conference Karen Pryor presented to dog trainers! She is also a graduate of the Dogs! course at Purdue University, where she studied under Dr. Andrew Luescher and Julie Shaw. This certification required passing a pass or fail proctored exam. Most recently she has attended ClickerExpo, a three-day clicker training conference for dog professionals.

A forever fervent advocate for adoption, Roseann lives with, loves and continuously learns from, her three adopted dogs: Trey, a super sweet and jolly (grey sable, giant) German Shepherd Dog who comes from Leader Dogs For The Blind, located in Michigan; Aoife a mixed breed she refers to as her black and tan bundle of joy and inspiration, adopted from Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption; and Joad, her youngest dog, a mischievous Husky mix also adopted from Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, located in NY.

Her conscientious, compassionate work, and reputation within the veterinary community and the animal welfare industry sets her apart from the field. When she is not training dogs and helping their people, you can find her playing with her own, on the trails in the woods, or on some type of playing field or another. Her favorite dog sports, those being whichever her canine family members are keen for, currently include, bikejoring, Frisbee, agility, dog sledding, canicross, tracking, mountain scootering and hiking. Always on the lookout for new, challenging and progressive activities to enjoy with her canine companions and share with clients, Roseann is now working with Aiofe developing a special routine for competing in Canine Musical Freestyle and getting hooked on Nose Work the nation’s fast growing canine scent work sport with both Aiofe and Trey. Trey has already earned his ORT in Birch!