All 4 Paws Dog Training's owner Heather Smith, PMCT attended the Canine Behavior and Training Intern Academy at Peaceable Paws, LLC, studying with renowned positive trainer, author, and behavior consultant, Pat Miller. Heather became a Pat Miller Certified Trainer in August 2010 after completing her third Academy and a total of 135 hours of educational internships at Peaceable Paws. Heather earned high scoring honors on her practical exam in her Level 1 Academy and overall high scoring honors in her Level 2 Instructor's Academy.
Heather worked with different shelter dogs from the Humane Society of Washington County MD in each Academy, teaching them basic good manners and working through behavior issues, helping their chances of getting adopted. She continued her studies at Peaceable Paws in a formal apprentice program, learning the latest and most effective positive methods available while assisting with puppy and adult classes and shelter behavior assessments. Heather also taught Saturday morning Basic Good Manners and Real Life Skills classes at Peaceable Paws as a Pat Miller Certified Trainer.
Heather attended an 18-hour Reactive Rover Workshop that Pat offers at Peaceable Paws and has also assisted with two subsequent workshops. Heather was also accepted into The Pet Professional Guild, the only pet industry member association that advocates force-free dog training. Heather traveled to the 3-day Clicker Expo Chicago in 2011 and to Nashville in 2012, attending learning sessions taught by world-class faculty and training experts.
Heather volunteered with Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue as a Senior Volunteer, Certified Shelter Evaluator, and had previously served on the Approval Committee until stepping down to concentrate on furthering her education in dog training. Heather also worked with CRCPA in Dillsburg, PA as a training consultant for foster homes and volunteer education and training.