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IACP Members Hall of Fame
March 22, 1957 - July 12, 2007
Jay Stull was a raised on a farm outside St. Louis, Missouri. Like most of the local farm boys, he woke up early, took care of farm animals and then was off to school. Once he returned home, the usual farm chores were to be repeated, homework to be completed and then off to the neighboring farm for an evening of fishing. That neighboring farm was owned by Pete Litzsinger. For those of you that do not know who Pete Litzsinger is, he was trainer that had made a name for himself training retrievers for in the field and for hunt test. Some of these dogs went on to national hunt test championships. Of an evening, Jay would take his fishing pole and walk over to Pete's lake to fish and watch Pete train dogs. As Jay grew up, Pete started letting Jay help him with the dogs and Pete would make suggestions to Jay on how to help set up the dogs for more success. At this point, Jay was hooked on dog training. Jay's mother said Jay would bring home stray dogs and practice training them. Jay's parents never knew when a new dog would be “following him home” from school.
Dick Russell 2011
Earlier this year we lost a man who was not just synonymous with dogs in Baton Rouge but he was dogs. His reputation was without equal. A man of humor, a man of wit and a man of stories. Dick would entertain and teach whenever those fortunate to be guests were in his company. He was a man of the country and his country could not be, without dogs. Outspoken and often dare I say combative in his beliefs he was always welcoming and hospitable to those wanting to learn. His yielding and paper plate techniques have been used and quoted throughout the membership of IACP. His words bringing wisdom and knowledge to all who read and listened to him. He had a way of explaining training in a way that had you intrigued, mesmerised and wanting to learn. A blend of old world country cooking and dog psychology with just that special touch of human understanding that had you listening and remembering and even more wanitng to work with him. He knew how to reach a trainer and his door was always open. .
George Cockrell 2011
Big George is a diamond in the rough. States his mind, looks tough and can be tough, but underneath beats a true professional and a heart of gold. Throughout the development of IACP and now today he takes on important responsibilities to assist and guide the development of the Association – a past Director and definitely proud supporter and worker for IACP through lists, regional groups and education of members. Not only is he a true professional in his manner but also one of the most knowledgeable and skilled dog men - This award really goes to a man and his dog – one we will never forget TUG. Big George – you are the best.
Mary Mazzeri - 2011
Vivian Bregman - 2011
This lady entered her first dog show in 1963 and has never looked back. Her performance and abilities with a dog demonstrate her natural affinity and skills to the full. I feel honored to have actually had her on one of my course. I learned a lot. A constant teacher and a founder member of IACP – her goal in life has been to educate not just dogs but also people. Her services to IACP have been broad and deep with everything from moderating lists to running booths at exhibitions to assisting with certification – a subject deal to her. IACP often repeats her mantra. Whatever Works.
Cyndy Douan - 2012
Cyndy Douan - a Co-Founder of IACP had been a driving force and participating member from the inception of IACP. Cyndy is not only a gifted trainer but also a dedicated worker for everything dog. It is her dedication, hard work and determination to do the right thing by dogs and IACP that deservedly had Cyndy receiving this induction into the IACP Member Hall of Fame. Cyndy Douan, as Education Director of the IACP, developed and promoted Certifications for dog trainers and instructors which are aimed at raising the standards for dog training. She also was President of the IACP bringing together a strong management role to the function.
Cyndy's aim is always to create a greater awareness of the importance of training and trainers and the high standards required from the profession. A keen agility competitor and companion dog trainer, Cyndy through her work continues to raise the bar for others to achieve, and in doing so creating confidence in the profession from the dog owning public. Her determination and dedication to the world of dogs and especially to the development and Mission of IACP has created an admiration among her peers resulting in this award and induction.
Lorraine Smith - 2012
Lorraine Smith was a dedicated Administration Office for the IACP until her passing suddenly in December 2011. Lorraine was the voice of IACP at Head Office, Answering the telephone and being in general contact with all members during the strong growth period of the IACP as part of her Administration duties,
Although not in the professions she was an active helper at Dog Shelters and rescues and had her own dog Gypsy which was the love of her life.
Lorraine was dedicated to the work of IACP, loyal and trustworthy. The IACP owes much to this and her willingness to help all who contacted IACP upholding the philosophies and Mission by which IACP has always worked. We will always remember her for being 'IACP'.
Aimee Sadler - 2013
Aimee’s childhood passion for animals turned into a career in 1987 at the onset of her apprenticeship to Magic Mountain’s dolphin and sea lion show in southern California. From there Aimee was offered a position of leadership at the park’s wild animal show where she performed on stage with exotic animals in addition to touring with the creatures to better educate children. Aimee’s training abilities landed her a position with the American Humane Association, responsible for the monitoring of the training of “animal actors”. This exposure to the entertainment industry resulted in an offer to be the compound manager of Birds and Animals Unlimited, one of Hollywood’s top animal training facilities. Aimee then founded the animal rentals division of Fourth Cub Productions, Inc., where she supplied well-trained animals for numerous television commercials and music videos.
Over the years while Aimee developed her private dog training business, she maintained strong affiliations with rescue organizations. Since 1998, Aimee’s main interest has been in working with dogs at animal shelters. Her vision has been to create and implement a training and behavior modification program that will prove invaluable to the well-being of the animals in shelters. The goal is to help them better adjust to their shelter life, become more adoptable and, finally, permanent and adored family members in their new homes.
Aimee is recognized as an Ambassador Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. She has presented her Playing for Life! A Training & Behavior Modification program for Shelter Dogs around the country and at international animal welfare and professional dog training conferences, such as HSUS’ Animal Expo, Best Friend’s No More Homeless Pets Conference, Masters in Behavior Conference, the No Kill Conference and the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference. Aimee’s programs have helped Longmont Humane Society and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation to maintain canine live release rates exceeding 95% as open admission shelters!
Aimee is one of the proud recipients of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2011. She was also inducted into the IACP Hall of Fame in 2013.
Aimee currently resides in Longmont, CO with her three sons, four rescued dogs and rescued cat.
Last Updated: Friday, October 04, 2013
Pat Trichter - 2013
Marc Goldberg - 2014
Marc Goldberg, IACP-CDT started training his first dog, Gus, when he was 11 years old.
By the time he was 13 he had won AKC High In Trials, the first with a score of 199.5 points out of 200, and became the youngest voting member of the Philadelphia Dog Training Club. By that age he also had paying clients, and has enjoyed training dogs ever since.
When Marc was 15 he made the first of several incursions into the AKC Library at 51 Madison Ave., NYC under the pretense that he was a college student conducting research.
Marc notes, "Every milestone of my life somehow includes a dog in it."
Among his IACP accomplishments: Joined IACP the year after it's formation, is member #1099, and attended its second ever conference, plus nearly all since.
Named to the Board of Directors in 2005, Marc became Vice President in 2006 and served in that capacity until until 2008, when he became the organization's president, serving until 2010.
Marc was a featured speaker at IACP conferences in 2007 and 2013 and also served as SafeHands Journal Editor from Summer 2006 issue to Winter 2009 issue, producing a total of 15 issues.
He also wrote many articles for the SafeHands Journal to share techniques and approaches with members on both the topics of business and dog behavior. Presently, he continues as an occasional contributing author.
Among other contributions, Marc played a key role in writing the CDT and CDTA examination rules along with other members including Cyndy Douan, Tawni McBee and others.
He played the key role in writing the IACP grievance procedure with advice from the board and Maryna Ozuna.
Marc writes, "I have always felt that it was more my duty to do for IACP than to have it do for me. By its very existence, IACP has provided dog trainers with an organization that stands for acceptance and inclusion rather than judgmental isolation of its members. IACP was formed with passion by a few good people who gave us a way to band together and become a force for sensible approaches to dog behavior. I'm only glad that to have been one more shoulder pushing the wheel forward so that dog trainers and canine professionals could band together and help one another with mutual support and education."
Bob Jervis - 2014
Bob firmly believes in what the International Association of Canine Professionals stands for and is responsible for more than 400 members joining the organization.
He believes that a dog should be evaluated and judged on an individual basis, not solely by its breed. He has and will continue to oppose Breed Specific Legislation in all of its discriminatory forms.
Bob is a former member of the Board of Directors for the I A C P and has attended every annual conference the organization has held. Bob has been and still is a generous Platinum Sponsor of IACP since its inception, and has recruited more members than any other into the IACP by financing his graduates first year membership.
Bob is President of National K-9 Learning Center and also the Head Instructor and Director of the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers.
Bob Jervis epitomizes everything IACP stands for, he is and has always been one of its most enthusiastic supporters.
Tawni McBee - 2014
Tawni has been working with and training animals since youth, training horses in her teens and 20s, and whatever dogs happened to be around. A late starter as a professional dog trainer, she “fell into” the profession when the company that she had hired to help her with a dog was looking for apprentices. “Why not?” seemed to be the appropriate answer seeing as she had trained so many animals and had taught dance and judo. “Why not?” indeed. Tawni has never looked back, advancing rapidly in the company where she started, then starting her own business when she realized she needed to expand. Along the way, she discovered IACP, and realized a kindred spirit in goals and values. She served 7 years as a director, overseeing the Department of Dog Training Certification as well as moderating IACP lists and FaceBook group (both of which she will continue with now that her term as director is up). During that time, the CDT and PDTI were updated and the CDTA was developed and released. Now that her term is up, Tawni will still volunteer for IACP while developing and improving her dog training business and working her own horses on a large property in Mesa, AZ. All Greatful Dogs offers both dog training and Kokoro Body Care for Animals (and humans).
Leslie Horton - 2015
Leslie is the founder of Most Fine Canine, Inc. has been training service dogs and their handlers for over 15 years. Leslie trains service dogs for children and adults with neurological and mobility disabilities, including, but not limited to, multiple sclerosis, degenerative arthritis, autism, deafness, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in trauma critical care nursing. She has a Labrador Retriever, a German Shepherd, a miniature Dachshund, and 2 Chihuahuas. Leslie professionally coordinates animal assisted interactions programs at Family Services, Inc. and on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. She has been the main initiator and Chair, and is still an active member of the IACP Service Dog Committee and a member of the IACP Therapy Dog Committee.
Chad began training dogs in March of 1993. He is currently the co-host of popular Dog Training Conversations Podcast, as well as being a much sought after workshop presenter in the United States, Canada and Europe. Chad’s has shown tremendous dedication to IACP. After many years on board of directors, he served two terms as President of IACP, and was the Education Director of the organization after that. Chad has worked tirelessly to bring dog trainers together despite different training styles both within and without the organization. He has created several dog training forums on social media to help dog trainers learn from each other while respecting each other’s differences.
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