Caryl Wolff



    Dog Trainer Certifications

    Experience - Owner/Head Trainer Doggie Manners


    Speaking Engagements

    Magazine and Internet Publications

    Performances, Training & Handling, and Interviews


    Volunteer Organizations



    I have had to pass rigorous examinations and have the requisite education and experience to become certified in these organizations. Check each of these organizations to see that I am a bona fide certificate holder and to see what the requirements are for certification.

    I am very proud to be the ONLY TRAINER WORLDWIDE to hold all certifications simultaneously!


    (October 2009) (The AKC is much more than a breed registry -- it provides educational events, competitions such as agility and conformation, interacts with the veterinary community and governmental entities, and certifies evaluators to test for the Canine Good Citizen test.)



    (July 2004) (I am one of 135 trainers worldwide to be a CDBC.)


    (April 2003)   (There are approximately 425 NADOI members in this organization.)


    (November 2002)    (I am pleased to announce that I am one of the first 500 dog trainers worldwide to have passed the CPDT exam.) 

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    Owner/trainer Doggie Manners

    Private lessons and consultations throughout the Los Angeles area

    *Classes at Westwood Park (2005-present) (puppy, obedience & manners, tricks & agility, small dog, fun & games)

    *Classes at Katie's Pet Depot (1995-2005) (obedience & manners)

    *Classes at Doggie in the Window (Long Beach, 2000-2004) (obedience & manners)

    *Classes at Central Bark (West Los Angeles, 2000-2001) (obedience & manners)

    *Classesat Pet Orphans (Van Nuys, 2000) (obedience & manners)

    *Classesat The Kennel Club (1997-1999) (obedience & manners, agility)

    Movies, films, commercials, TV, operas, plays & magazines supplying animals personally and also working with various animal rental agencies (1990-present)

    Teaching trick training and/or fun agility classes

    *Westwood Park (West Los Angeles, 2007-present)

    *Urban Dog  (West Los Angeles, 1998)

    *Doggie Central (Culver City, 1998/99)

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    Conferences and seminars given by animal behaviorists, internationally acclaimed dog trainers, and ethologists including:    

    Roger Abrantes

    *Dogs and Humans Speaking a New Language, (July 1999)
    *The Horse, Our Friend, Roger Abrantes (July 1999)   

    Sue Ailsby 

    *Dog Anatomy and Performance (February 2000)
    *A Mind to Mind Clicker Training Seminar (February 2000)

    Teoti Anderson

    *Training Small Dogs (March 2012)
    *Helping Pet Parents Get Ready for Baby When You Have No Kids of Your Own (July 2012)

    Association of Pet Dog Trainers 

    *San Diego (2000 Convention)
    *Memphis (1997 Convention)

    Biting Dog Conference

    *(October 2005)

    Brenda Aloff

    *Puppy classes (June 2011)
    *Dog Aggression (April 2004)

    Bob Bailey

    *Behavior Analysis * Animal Training (March 2006)

    Marian Bailey, Ph.D and Bob Bailey

    *Clicking Chicken Seminar (March 1999)

    Maryjean Ballner

    *Massage for Dogs (February 2002)

    Allan Bauman

    *Instructor's Workshop (February 1998)

    Peter Borchelt, Ph.D. 

    *Dog Aggression and Working with Aggressive Dogs  (April 2001)

    Veronica Boutelle

    *Innovative Techniques to Increasing Class Revenue (January 2012)
    *Dealing with Difficult Clients (September 2012)

    California Veterinary Conference

    *Anaheim (June 2007)

    Clicker Expo

    *Los Angeles (January 2007)
    *San Diego (January 2005)

    Shirley Chong

    *Dog-Dog Behavior (February 2004)

    Ray Coppinger

    *Intelligence of Dogs and Canine Cognition: Ethological Lessons on the Emotions and Neurophysiology of Dogs
    * Evolutionary Development and the Natural Development of Dogs (July 2007)

    Malena Demartini-Price

    *Fixing the Unfeaxable, Redux: A New Approach to Separation Anxiety (January 2012)
    *Separation Anxiety Training Goes High Tech (February 2012)

    Jean Donaldson, Ph.D

    *Cutting Edge Dog Training (January 1997)

    Donna Duford

    *Instructor's Workshop, (September 2002)

    Ian Dunbar, Ph.D., DVM

    *Canine Social Behavior
    * Reliability Testing & Games (May 2005)
    *Humane Behavior & Training Program for Shelter Personnel
    Prevention & Treatment of Common Canine Behavior Problems
    * Fun & Games Dog Training (October 1996)
    * Science Based Dog Training with Feeling (November 2012)

    Jim and Jamie Dutcher

    *Wolves at our Door (November 2002)

    John Fisher 

    *A New Perspective on Dominance (March 1995)

    Carol Gurney 

    *Animal Communication (1994)

    Maureen Hall

    * Animal Behavior and Training (December 2007)

    Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., and Daniel Estep, Ph.D.

    * Managing the Home Alone Dog -- Separation Anxiety (January 2008)

    Ella Hoseltyn

    *Agility Training (March 1998 - July 2000)

    Humane Society of the United States

    *2000 Convention (February 2000)

    Wayne Hunthausen

    *Fears & Phobias, Compulsive Disorders, Aggression, and Medical Causes of House Soiling (February 1998)

    Kennel and Groom Expo

    *(February 2001)

    Trish King

    *Aggression to People (October 2011)
    *The Different Faces of Aggression
    * Helping the Fearful Dog (April 2007)

    Frank Lavac, DVM 

    *First Aid for Animals (March 1999)

    Chad Mackin

    *E-touch Training (July 2012)

    Pat Miller

    *Dog Body Language
    Play Behaviors (February 2005)

    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

    *Wolf to Dog Symposium (November 2002)

    Pet Tech 

    *First Aid and CPR for Dogs (1998)

    Pamela Reid, Ph.D.

    *Excelerated Learning (July 1997)

    John Rogerson 

    *Instructor's Course (May 2003)
    *Canine Aggression (May 2003)
    *Teaching and Training
    Advanced Training (April 2002)
    *Separation Anxiety
    *Fears and Phobias (October 2001)
    *Working with Aggressive Dogs (May 2001)
    *Scenting and Search Work (April 2001)
    *Rescue and Rehoming Workshop (May 2000)
    *Advanced Dog Training
    Fun and Games with Dogs
    Preparation for Working Dogs Trials (November 1999)
    *Canine Behavior Workshop (April 1999)

    Kathy Sdao

    *Does the name Pavlov Ring a Bell? (April 2005)
    *The Science and Art of Clicker Training (June 2004)

    Cara Shannon

    *Sticky Situations, Super Solutions (January 2012)

    Pia Silvani

    *Petite Pals (March 2007)
    *Canine Aggression
    Sibling Rivalry
    Puppy classes
    Canine Play Behavior (June 2005)

    Jennifer Shryock

    *Postpartum and Family Dogs (July 2011)
    * Dogs & Storks (February 2011)

    Cheryl Smith 

    *Dog to Dog Aggression
    Dog to People Aggression (April 1997)

    Desiree Snelleman

    *Stretching for Both Ends of the Leash (August 2004)

    Sue Sternberg 

    *Dog-Dog Group Dynamics (July 2012)
    *Bite-O-Meter (July 2012)
    *The Controversial Pit Bull & Temperament Testing for Shelter Dogs (October 2000)
    *Animal Behavior and Effective Adoptions (February 2000)
    *Temperament Evaluations of Shelter Dogs, Handling Skills for Difficult and Aggressive Dogs (March 1998)

    Grisha Stewart

    *Quick Fixes: Sometimes Prevention is Good Enough (September 2012)

    Dan Tambourine 

    *Difficult Dog Training Class (May 1999)

    UCLA Center for Society and Genetics

    *Dog + Human Co-Evolution, Made for Each Other (February 2011)

    Wendy Volhard 

    *Holistic Approach to Solving Problem Behaviors
    Nutrition  (February 2001)
    *Dog Training Seminar (July 1996)

    Emily Weiss, Ph.D..

    *SAFER Animal Assessment (December 2004)

    Steve White

    *Wired, Fired, and On Task: Positive Secrets of Canine Motivation and Reliability
    Transforming Your Training the Police K9 Way (March 2007)
    *The Nose Knows (December 2008)

    Gary Wilkes

    *Rescue and Rehabilitation Workshop for Shelter Dogs, (September 2002)

    Nicole Wilde

    *Talk to the Paw! Understanding What Dogs are Really Saying--and What We are Saying to Them (April 2013)
    *Super Seminars for Hosts and Speakers (March 2012)
    *Separation Anxiety & Dog-Dog Play (July 2012)
    *The Energy Effect (August 2009)
    *The Different Faces of Aggression
    Helping the Fearful Dog (April 2007)

    Sophia Yin, DVM

    *Low Stress Handling for Dogs (May 2011)

    Christine Zink, DVM, Ph.D.

    *Coaching the Canine Athlete (September 1995)

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    Speaking Engagements

    *Rotary Club (August 1999)

    *Equestrian Trails International (June 1999)

    *West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club (September 1998)

    *Bearded Collie Club (May 1998)

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    Magazine and Internet Publications

    Magazine Covers

    *Off-lead (October 1995, September 2001)
    *Good Dog (December 1998)


    *Paws 'n Tales (1996/97)
    * Dog Days in L.A. (2006-2009)
    *LA Tails Pet Magazine (2008)
    *Pawprint Magazine (2007, 2008)


    *The Pet Press (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006)
    *The Pug Press (2000)


    *Dogtime expert 2009-present
    Pooch Heaven online behavior consultant (2002-present)

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    Performances and Interviews

    *Felicia Day You Tube Sensation (January 2012 filming)

    *It's a Brad Brad World, Bravo (July 2011 filming)

    *Teaching a Dog to Swim & Pool Safety, Channel 2 News (August 2005)

    *Teaching a Dog to Swim & Pool Safety, Channel 9 News (May 2005)

    *Animals and Us, radio, weekly training segment (December 2000-2002)

    *All About Pets, KRLA, radio interview (October 2000)

    *Rag Dog catalogue and Website (October 2000)

    *Agility Segment Channel 2 News, television (March 1998)

    *Wizard of Oz, theater (June 1996)

    *Camelot, theater (June 1996)

    *The Home Show, television (June 1996)

    *KTLA News, television (October 1995)

    *Los Angeles Zoo, charity event (December 1995)

    *7-Up commercial, (March 1996)

    *A Home for Buddy, TV movie (April 1994)

    *Abracadabra, film (May 1993)

    *"Albert Herring, Los Angeles Music Center Opera (1993)

    *Bob Hope Special on Animals, television (1991)

    *Girl of the Golden West, Los Angeles Music Center Opera (June 1991)

    *AM Los Angeles, television (May 1991)

    *American Red Cross Circus Night, charity event (March 1991)

    *Pete & Magic, film (March 1990)

    *Annie, theater (December 1989)

    *Pet Department, store opening (December 1988)

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    Memberships (past and present)

    *American Dog Owners Association

    * Animal Behavior Resources Institute

    *Association of Pet Dog Trainers

    *Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers

    *Dog Trainers Forum of Orange County

    *Dog Trainers Forum of Los Angeles

    *International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

    *International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior

    *National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

    *West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club

    *West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

    *West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

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    Volunteering (past and present)

    *Archer Foundation 


    *Perfect Pet Adoptions

    *Pet Orphans

    *Pooch Heaven     


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