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Robin MacFarlane Biography
For Robin MacFarlane, successful dog training is both a science and an improvisational art.
Working as a veterinary technician for ten years, Robin consistently saw animals euthanized for behavioral issues that were considered unmanageable and the experience profoundly impacted her life.
Robin made the decision to help create change in the lives of dogs and their owners. She enrolled at the National K9 School for Dog Trainers, and, in 1998, created That’s My Dog, Inc., a professional dog training company in Dubuque, Iowa. She began expanding and exploring new methods for compassionately connecting dogs with their human counterparts, finding success and solving many behavior problems that previously plagued people and the animals they loved. She says; “Dog training is the development of a language and system of communication between human and dog that allows us to successfully and peacefully co-exist with each other.”
“Dog training is the development of a language and system of communication between human and dog that allows us to successfully and peacefully co-exist with each other.”
Robin’s grounded techniques establish communication between dogs and humans by creating tailor-made solutions to address the needs of both. Her goal is to share her understanding and build cooperation between dog and owner using humor, patience, and a sense of respect for each. She strives to challenge her clients to make the changes necessary for success in ways that are practical and realistic enough to use in everyday life. The benefits of external guidance and support became clear to Robin after being in a severe auto accident that left her fearing she might need to walk with a cane for the rest of her life.
“It was because of the recovery and working with physical therapists that had to push me to learn how to walk again that I discovered the value of being moved outside the comfort zone in order to be rehabilitated,”
“It was because of the recovery and working with physical therapists that had to push me to learn how to walk again that I discovered the value of being moved outside the comfort zone in order to be rehabilitated,” MacFarlane stated when asked about the experience.
Robin MacFarlane is now a sought-after expert in the dog training industry. Her work led to travels across North America and abroad teaching pet professionals, K9 handlers, and private pet owners. Her expertise in electronic training collars has helped thousands of people increase their dog’s performance and off-leash reliability while decreasing behavior problems ranging from OCD to aggression issues.
MacFarlane now possesses the ability to ‘read’ dogs and formulate techniques for them as individuals. Through patient instruction, Robin focuses attention on what her clients want rather than what they wish to avoid in terms of their dog’s behaviors, and this makes Robin stand out in the dog-training industry.
Credentials and Accomplishments
In early 2011 Robin was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service by the Department of the Army for her work with military dogs in North Afghanistan.
Since 1998 Robin has trained and handled more than 10,000 pet dogs and puppies. She has taught 150+ national and international workshops and has been hired by several police agencies to assist with their K9 Units. She has also served as a consultant for product development with several manufacturers. In addition, MacFarlane is a published author in trade periodicals, has produced 4 volumes of training DVDs and is a content and blog contributor for Dogtra and Gun Dog Supply. See below to view a partial list of Robin’s accomplishments:
- Owner, That’s My Dog! Inc.
- 2015 University Wisconsin Platteville, Distinguished Alumni Award
- Past Director, IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals)
- Past Conference Chair, IACP
- American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #9431
- American Red Cross Animal First Aid Instructor
- Professional Member IACP (P#1046) & IACP CDT (Certified Dog Trainer)
- Professional Member, National K9 Dog Trainers Association
- Dogtra Company ProStaff Trainer & Consultant