Toni Clarke, CTC VSA-CDT

It's hard to believe, but dog training is an unregulated profession. Anyone can claim to be a trainer and use all manner of outdated or unscientific methods on your dog. Choose a trainer, therefore, who is certified by a reputable organization.

Toni earned her certificate in dog training and counseling (CTC) from the elite Academy for Dog Trainers, graduating with Honors following two years of rigorous academic study and practical training under Jean Donaldson, one of the world's most respected dog professionals and author of The Culture Clash.

Toni also graduated with Distinction from the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior (VSA-CDT). Victoria is a leading advocate of positive-reinforcement training and star of Animal Planet's "It's Me or the Dog."

In addition, Toni is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild and  Doggone Safe, an organization dedicated to the prevention of dog bites

Born in Australia, Toni grew up on the East coast of England. She graduated from the University of Kent with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and earned a Masters in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She worked as a journalist for more than two decades before switching to dog training.

Toni also wrote the children's book "Well Done, Charlie!" which tells the tale of our company's mascot, a little Westie named, what else? Charlie! (For a hard copy, contact East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C.: info@eastcitybookshop.com)

 

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