Who we are

Meet our Board

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    Turid Rugaas

    President

    With a career spanning several decades, Turid is a world renowned expert on dog communication and welfare. She is devoted to educating future generations of trainers and behaviourists, and is the author of several popular books.

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    Lisbeth Borg de Waard

    Chair

    Lisbeth is based in Norway and has been working internationally with dogs full time since 2011. She is a former college-university teacher and has 20 years experience with problem behaviour in dogs. She is a certified IDTS trainer and is passionate about animal welfare, teaching, and learning about dog language and natural behaviour.

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    Katja Werner

    Secretary

    After completing the IDTE with Turid Rugaas, Katja has been working as a dog trainer in the QimmiQ Lodge (www.qimmiq-lodge.de) in Germany with dogs and their owners since 2015. In addition to individual and tracking training, she works in the dog day care centre with fixed dog groups. In her second life, she is a scheduler in a film and television production company.

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    Peter Botsch

    Treasurer

    Peter is based in southern Germany and graduated and works as a Dipl.-Ing. in mechanics. He has completed several courses with experts such as Turid Rugaas and Anne Lill Kvam about canine behaviour and health. He is passionate about nose work and works as a freelancer at dogcom in Bad Wimpfen.

  • Audrey Doornbos

    Board Member

    In 2010 Audrey switched from a career in graphic design to veterinary nursing with a special interest in canine behaviour. She has since completed several courses in this area.  Her work as a vet nurse, dog behavior specialist and as Editor of the PDTE newsletter enables her to improve the welfare of dogs in multiple ways.

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    Patrick Visser

    Understudy

    Patrick has been working with horses and behavior for 15 years. Since 2017 he has completed courses with Turid Rugaas and Anne Lill Kvam. His passion is working with dogs and behaviour, nose work with dogs and the development of dog sensory gardens.

Meet our members

We have members all around the world working with dogs and humans. Every PDTE member goes through a thorough application process. See the table below for our full member directory, which can be sorted by the headings above each column. You can view member locations via the Find a Trainer map.

Find a PDTE trainer

We hold our members to a high standard. Ensure you and your dog are receiving modern and compassionate care with one of our approved trainers.

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