My Background


Donna Anderson ABCDT, CPDT-KA

  Owner and Trainer
 
"Timber Trails Canine Training"

Donna is the owner and trainer of "Timber Trails Canine Training" based in Athol, Ma. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, graduating from the Animal Behavior College She is also Certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers  She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The Pet Professional Guild, a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America,  and The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Participant and is Certified in Pet CPR.

Donna's skills range from basic obedience to behavior modification of many behavior problems. She is educated in canine behavior and has a strong foundation of knowledge on the psychological principles and applications of dog training. Donna has both the academic and hands-on skills that make for a great trainer and behavior consultant.
Donna is also Certified with AKC to teach and Evaluate classes for "STAR PUPPY, Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine Good Citizen and Urban Canine Good Citizen.
She is also a Pet Therapy Dog Evaluator/Tester with Alliance Pet Therapy, Inc.
 
Donna has lived in the Athol/Royalston area alI her life. She is a Masters Prepared Registered Nurse for 30 years and has worked in the area of Education for over 20 of those years. Her insight into the adult learning process and her knowledge of what helps people learn has been a great asset in her dog training business.
 Donna is a dog lover first, and a dog trainer second. She knows from first-hand experience the difference dog training makes in the relationship between dog and owner. Without professional training it can sometimes be a frustrating relationship, but with an investment in good training a wonderful transformation will occur. Donna has raised and bred Golden Retrievers for over 30 years. As a child, her family always had  dogs and cats. At the age of 11 she was given a horse that she trained and went on to compete at 4-H shows winning many ribbons. Her love for animals continued throughout adulthood, always having dogs in her home.
 
Donna currently has five Golden Retrievers: Tellie, Tucker and Topaz, Mojo and Tanner and her horse Willow.  She competes in Competition Obedience in the sport of Rally, is active as a Pet Therapy Team and trains in Agility and Companion Dog Sports with her Goldens. She takes great pride in her work and treats every animal as if it were her own. She will be sure to make your training experience motivating and enjoyable.

My mission is to help you and your dog enjoy many happy years together.