Judy Bardsley, BA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
After completing a B.A. in Zoology at the University of Washington in 2003, Judy Bardsley started professionally walking, running, caring for, boarding and training dogs while raising two daughters. After years of part time professional experience training and caring for dogs, Judy was accepted into the Professional Dog Trainer certification program with Karen Pryor Academy, which she completed with distinction. Judy went on to become a Certified Professional Dot Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, through the internationally recognized Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Judy strongly values current education, training and certification in this evolving field, and continues to add to her own body of knowledge and experience through continuing education.
Judy trains dogs full time in the Mount Vernon area. In addition to her B.A. degree, her KPA CTP and CPDT-KA certifications, she’s a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator, and is a member of The Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Judy currently also volunteers at The Skagit Humane Society, and in the past volunteered at The Woodland Park Zoo.
In her spare time Judy enjoys time with her husband, her two grown daughters, two cats, and of course, her pups Lila-Lucy and Daisy.
“Redirecting unwanted behavior by asking for and reinforcing wanted behavior is much more enjoyable than punishment for both people and their dogs, and so it ends up working better.”
My training philosophy is based upon scientifically proven positive reinforcement training methods, including clicker, or marker training. Reinforcers can include treats, toys, playtime, praise, and anything else your pup LOVES. Of course it all starts with the basics: good food, secure home with a warm place to settle, plenty of people and dog socialization and respectful affection. I teach dog people the importance of physical exercise for their pups including walks, chew time and play time as well as mental exercise, such as training, games and puzzles.
Redirecting unwanted behavior by asking for and reinforcing wanted behavior is much more enjoyable than punishment for both people and their dogs, and so it ends up working better. Training of our four-legged friends is framed within consistent, kind and respectful treatment which they love. When they love training they are engaged, focused, and ready to be, go, and train with us anytime. They are well mannered and relaxed in the home; confident and calm on walks, around other people and dogs, and are much easier and more enjoyable to live with.