Santa Barbara – Anne Swan
Anne began teaching classes at the Perfect Puppy Academy after meeting Academy Director Dr David Chubb in 2005. She looks forward to the enthusiasm that puppies and their owners bring to every session. Anne works with students to smooth the transition of adding puppies and adopted dogs to the household. She employs gentle methods based on positive reinforcement and establishing leadership. Her goal is to create well-behaved family members that you will look forward to spending time with.
Anne regularly attends continuing education conferences and seminars in which she has the opportunity to meet leading dog trainers.
Anne worked for 14 years in the Special Education field with young adults with special needs, helping them to develop job skills and enter the local workforce. She trained horses for over 30 years and was a riding instructor for Hearts Therapeutic Riding Program and the Raintree Ranch. Currently she enjoys casual trail riding with her Quarter Horse gelding, Wrangler.
Professional Dog Trainer since
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
Certifications and Memberships
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
- Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Also of Note
Anne is a co-founder of the Goleta Valley Dog Club. She has been an instructor there since 2004, teaching novice to advanced-level dog agility, rally obedience, Fun with Focus, and Reliable Recall classes.
Anne competes with her dogs in national agility competitions sponsored by organizations such as the American Kennel Club and the United States Dog Agility Association. Four of her dogs have been National Finalists. In National AKC Agility competition for Australian Cattle Dogs, Maizey currently is ranked #1 and Kylie is #3. Zip (now retired), has numerous Agility and Rally Obedience Championship titles and was a registered therapy dog, making weekly visits to rehabilitation centers in Santa Barbara.
Anne and her dogs also have participated in the sports of rally, flyball, and competitive obedience, along with a bit of livestock herding. A benefit of competing in dog-sport events is the reinforcement of solid training behaviors such as ‘stay,’ ‘come when called,’ and ‘focus on me around distractions’ in a variety of settings.
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