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dog obedience schoolAbout Big Tail Waggin’ Dog Training

Why we do what we do. Big Tail Waggin' Dog Training strongly believes that all dogs should be trained humanely. We train dogs with the most modern, effective and efficient methods of positive reinforcement. This makes training fun for dogs and people! The dogs we work with learn to be highly responsive to cues without ever feeling afraid during the process. Our belief is that there is no place for fear, intimidation or pain in dog training. Our choice for this methodology is philosophically based in a deep understanding that dogs are sentient, sensate creatures, capable of feeling physical and emotional pain, and consequently, should be treated as such.

When Big Tail Waggin' Dog Training began in 1996, reward-based training without the use of punishment was simply not available in Monmouth County (NJ). Big Tail Waggin' Dog Training was the very first in the area to offer dog training free of collar shocks, chokes, pinches, pokes, jerks, and verbal intimidation to dog owners in Monmouth and the surrounding counties. To make learning how to train dogs using systematic positive reinforcement available to dog owners and undergoing training a most positive experience for dogs, was the founding catalyst, motivation and driving force underlying the birth of Big Tail Waggin' Dog Training!

How we do what we do. We train dogs, all ages, breeds and mixes and their people with kindness, compassion and positivity, day in and day out, without exception.

What we actually do. Happily, share the fastest, most effective and fun, progressive methods of positive reinforcement training with all of our canine and human students.

So get in touch! We can't wait to show you, how to do this!

About Roseann’s Special Training and Interests

Here's Roseann Burrets Baars, CPDT-KA, CVT, CCRP, full biography:
An ardent advocate for progressive, positive reinforcement training, Roseann has been professionally training dogs of all ages, breeds and mixes for nearly 20 years. Her welfare-conscious methods focus on training with positive reinforcement, allowing her to compassionately educate dogs and their families throughout the process.

Roseann’s behavioral areas of expertise include working with fearful, aggressive dogs. She holds her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed) certification which is awarded by the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers. Roseann was one of the first 136 professional trainers to ever earn these credentials. She also holds a unique Purdue University certification, which allows her to effectively work side by side with a dog’s/client’s veterinary behavior specialist, helping to implement recommendations made for modifying their dog’s behavior.

She is also a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. This additional knowledge of canine anatomy, physiology, orthopedic problems and sports injuries affords her with a uniquely valuable and more advantageous perspective on dogs, their welfare and safety during training.

Roseann earned 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. Passionate about learning everything possible about dogs, she then enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Camden County College. The course work allowed her to become a credentialed vet nurse, and culminated with Roseann receiving an Associate in Science degree in Animal Science and graduating with honors. She was also the recipient of their Departmental Excellence award.

She currently holds all of 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)
-Full Professional 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)

Ever conscientious about being well trained and keeping up with developments in her field, Roseann continues to study with predominant leaders in the Animal Training and Behavior fields, including: Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, Ted Turner, Dr. Roger Abrantes, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Raymond Coppinger, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Dr. Pamela Reid, Daniel Mills, Dr. Andrew Luescher, Sue Sternberg, John Fisher and John Rogerson. She is a multi-time graduate of the Dogs Of Course, Instructors Training Camp and 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.

A passionate 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, Aoife, a mixed breed she refers to as her black and tan bundle of joy and inspiration, and Joad, a clever and mischievous husky type mix. When she is not having fun training dogs and their people, you can find her playing with her own on the trails or in a field somewhere. Her favorite dog sports currently include, bikejoring, Frisbee, agility, dog sledding, canicross, tracking, mountain-scootering and hiking.

Always on the lookout for progressive, challenging and exciting activities to engage in with her canine companions and clients, Roseann is now working with Aiofe toward developing a special routine for competing in Canine Musical Freestyle. With Aiofe and Trey, she has gotten hooked on K9 Nose Work, the nation’s fast growing canine scent work sport. Trey has already earned his ORT (passed his Odor Recognition Test) in Birch!

Her conscientious, compassionate work, reputation and support from within the veterinary community and the animal welfare industry sets her apart from the field!


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