Cindie has always had a passion for animals and for nutrition. She recently retired from being the Vice President of Research and Development for Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. Starting a new chapter in her life meant new opportunities where her passion could shine. In late 2022, Cindie and her daughter, Beth Gissal, purchased Pet Play Town, a dog daycare, boarding, and grooming resort in Maitland, FL. Cindie is hoping to add nutritional services to the mix soon. Cindie received a Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Physiology at Iowa State University in 1990 and she has really enjoyed brushing up on practical canine and feline nutrition through the Science Dog courses.
Robert has 20+ years as a professional in retail pet specialty businesses. He has experience with many breeds and pet foods and focuses his study on diet sensitivity, allergy, and weight management concerns. Rob can be reached for consultations via his company website, Furkid Health. Robert's German Shepherd Cali contracted Parvo as a puppy, and displayed both allergies and sensitivities as a young dog. Today, she leads a happy life (hot spot, ear infection, and excessive scratching free). Robert has helped well over 10,000 customers in his years of dedication in pet specialty businesses and continues to expand his knowledge and experience to help others with dog's like Cali (and cats even though Cali says she does not like cats).
Jennifer has always been interested in the link between food and health, so much so that she made it her profession as a human nutritionist! She is also an animal lover and dog person, and became more interested in canine nutrition following a cancer diagnosis in several of her dogs. Jennifer decided to expand her nutrition practice to include a specialty in canine nutrition and will be using her training in The Science Dog Courses Master Class Program to offer new services to her clients!
Kari has been working with dogs and their people for 30 years. She has her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis and Animal Behavior, and started her business, Wag & Train Animal Behavior Specialists, in Denver, Co. and relocated it to Minneapolis, MN. She offers nutrition consultations as part of her Behavior Wellness Programs, works with veterinarians who want a better understanding of the gut/brain axis, and also meets with dog parents who simply want to know more about the variety and quality of dog food/treat options on the market today. Kari has 2 dogs, Turtle and Birdie, and she loves living in the land of 10,000 lakes! Birdie, her chocolate lab, is currently a SDiT for gluten detection, and Kari hopes to complete this program and finish her by the end of 2022.
Debbie teaches group training classes at her local animal shelter and provides private in home training in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She works with all types of dogs, but specializes in working with shy/fearful dogs and separation anxiety. Debbie is certified as an Enrichment mentor through Hersenwerk, and is CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, and Separation Anxiety Pro. She believes that nutrition is an overlooked aspect of dog health and that it is important for dogs to receive optimal nutrition to support both health and behavior. (Certificate Date: 03/21/2022)
Cara is a certified, science-based trainer and nutrition consultant who specializes in puppies, herding breeds, fearful dogs, and new adoptions. She is a believer in looking at all aspects of a dog’s lifestyle and genetics, including health and nutrition, to better solve behavior issues and improve communication between dog and owner. (Certificate Date: 02/20/2022)
Alisa's company assists pet industry professionals to scale their business to the next level through a variety of strategic planning services. Alisa loves working in the pet industry and she is passionate about nutrition. Future plans for her company include providing pet nutrition consultations plus an online pet treat store! (Certificate date: 02/18/2022)
Dr. Ortiz is veterinarian and a diplomat in small animal clinical nutrition. She also has earned several formulation and nutrition certifications. Her company provides formulations for complete and balanced, homemade, raw and cooked canine and feline diets (NRC/AAFCO/FEDIAF standards) for dog owners and pet professionals. (Certificate Date: 07/30/2021)
Diana owns Diana Simonsen Dog Training, located in Carnation, WA. Diana has been involved in dog training for over a decade. She is a patient, dedicated instructor and passionate advocate for positive, force-free dog training. Diana offers in-person private and group classes in the Seattle/Eastside area and online. The information from the Masters Class in Canine Nutrition has helped her students provide the best nutrition – and treats - for their dogs. (Certificate Date: 06/17/2021
Bianca offers in-person puppy classes and teen manners classes for all dogs, and specializes in working with reactive dogs and dogs with aggression problems. Bianca loves to work with teams that are struggling and help them to find their way back to each other. She has a special interest in nutrition as it is one of the foundations for good health and well-being in dogs. Bianca shares her life with two wonderful dogs; Izzy, a border collie, and Hugo , a Boston Terrier. (Certificate Date: 03/07/2021)
As the owner of the Grateful Dog Bakery, Jennifer spends a lot of time helping owners to find the best nutrition for their furry family members. By recommending good foods and treats to her customers, Jennifer can help them to build a healthy foundation for their pets. In her free time, Jennifer trains and competes with her dogs in Obedience, Rally and Agility - she is happily owned by Dash the Standard Poodle and Magic the Golden Retriever! (Certificate Date: 02/17/2021)