Barbara Adler, ABCDT, CPDT-KA majored in education at Northeastern Illinois University, an art major at The Art Institute and Broward College School of Art and is a graduate of Animal Behavior College. She is internationally certified by The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). With a combined total of over 20 years experience training and working with dogs, Barbara began her professional dog training career in South Florida training dogs in obedience, substance detection and search and rescue for the Coast Guard. She has worked with Veterinarians, held the position of Head Dog Trainer at Petco, assisted in Therapy Dog training workshops and was a Therapy Dog team handler with her dog, Trooper.
Formally educated in various forms of training methods, Barbara avidly pursues ongoing education, research and professional development by attending seminars and keeping current on all industry literature. Barbara's use of modern, highly effective positive reinforcement methods and techniques are founded on the most up to date scientific research in animal behavior, ethology, learning theory and husbandry. When not helping her clients enjoy life with their canine companions, Barbara competes in Dock Diving with her dog, Tess. At the age of 16 months, Tess became a dockdogs National title qualifier.
Barbara's dog Trooper held titles CGC, CD, CDX, and Certified Therapy Dog. Passing both of his Therapy Dog evaluations with a perfect score, Trooper obtained the highest title of Complex and honored to be invited to The Special Olympics. Having been certified by Pet Partners, Paws 4 Healing and The Delta Society, Barbara offers pre-evaluations and dog training for Therapy Dog work.
"Barbara Adler is a born teacher. Her love of dogs and people translates into the best combination for teaching the human and training the dog. She has a positive and enthusiastic attitude that makes training fun as well as meaningful."
Dr. Lois Abrams, PhD., Delta Society Evaluator and Instructor.
A Story of Love & Devotion for a Dog
Barbara's very first "dog of her own," was a very special Black Labrador Retriever named Captain. Captain began Field Trial training early on and he excelled at it, but at seven months of age, he was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. At the time, the surgeries and rehab programs of today did not exist. Captain's case was so severe, Barbara was advised to put him down. While Barbara did not want Captain to suffer, she refused to give up on him and vehemently searched for any and all possible options. Her quest led her to Dr. George, a Veterinarian who was developing a surgery he felt could possibly help. Captain had the surgery. Although Captain came through with flying
colors, the prognosis for a long, pain free life was less than desirable. Finding that prognosis unacceptable, Barbara developed her own rehab program for Captain. For the next three years, Barbara took Captain swimming and to work with her in the Marina every day where he could walk in water that was above his shoulders. Before long he was jumping off the docks and diving under water to catch the "fishies" and/or retrieve rocks. People from all over the world knew him as "that black dog in Florida that dives under water." Captain lived a glorious life of 17 years and never suffered with the pain of Arthritis. Barbara's rehab program was so successful, it prompted further research, testing and technology and became the forefront for the canine Hydrotherapy programs used today.
Giving up is easy. Giving it your all is PRICELESS!