Beverley Warner has been training dogs for over 48 years, with almost 30 years of working owner’s and their dogs with behavioral issues.
Aside from teaching classes since 1981 in Syracuse, Cortland, Manlius, East Syracuse, North Syracuse, Tully, etc. she has worked with rescue groups and animal shelters performing temperament testing, developing socialization programs for dogs and cats, and rehabilitating dogs with behavioral issues and teaching shelter staff members about behavior. She has instituted fundraising programs for the organizations to raise money. From 2003 to 2014, Bev has taught obedience classes in the Cortland area to raise money for the Cortland County SPCA. Bev had the privilege of working with SUNY Cortland students who observed her obedience classes and then went to the shelter where the dogs were evaluated and students were given specific assignments for each dog. The third class of the night the shelter dogs were brought over to class for the students to work with them. Students went on their own to work the dogs during the week to earn one or three credits toward graduation. The dogs that were adopted out of this program stayed in their new homes!
Bev also worked with the Syracuse Obedience Training club from 1980 to 1990 and was an SOTC Instructor. She and her best buddy Ty, her Doberman Pinscher, earned a CD (Companion Dog) title and a CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title. They were just about ready to compete for Ty’s UD (Utility Dog) title, but Ty was diagnosed with Wobbler’s Syndrome and was no longer able to compete. Ty throughout his life was an ambassador for his breed.
After beginning her training career using punishment-reward methods, Bev quickly switched gears and began using motivational reward (aka clicker training.) You can read more about this type of training under the Training tab. It was clear that this method of training was a much better learning process for both dogs and humans. It is also more humane!
Bev is a member of APDT, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, founded by Ian Dunbar DVM. She has attended many seminars and studied the work of Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller, Ian Dunbar DVM, Terry Ryan, Roger Abrantes, Elise Christiansen DMV, John Rogerson, Kayce Cover, Suzanne Clothier, Sophia Yin, Patricia McConnell, etc.
Bev has often been asked to evaluate dogs that have been recommended for euthanasia by other trainers. They have had a variety of issues including aggression towards other dogs, aggression towards people, incapable of being groomed, etc. Bev evaluates the dog and structures an individualized training plan for the dog and owner. Through behavior modification for both dog and human, Bev has been able to rehabilitate the majority of the dogs she has worked with.