Bob Ryder, CSAT, PMCT-4, CPDT-KA
We specialize in treating dogs with separation anxiety, helping families resolve this complex canine behavior. Separation anxiety impacts the humans as well as the dog. We offer gentle, methodical, science-based training that helps dogs learn to feel safe when they’re alone.
Bob’s Credentials at a glance:
- Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT)
- Level 4 Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer (PMCT-4)
- Faculty Advisor, Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
- Professional Member – Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
- Member of the Shock Free Coalition
- Bachelors of Science, Psychology, Juniata College
Bob has been training dogs privately for over 30 years, and professionally since 2009.
Using the principles of canine behavioral science, Bob gently trains dogs without intimidation, pain, fear, or force. This is his philosophy because because in addition to being humane, techniques relying on dominance and aversive punishment do not address the cause of the behavior, and often result in unintended behavioral side effects. (See link from American Veterinary Science of Animal Behavior.)
Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
Bob completed an intensive 14-week course with Malena DeMartini to become a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer. Malena is renowned for pioneering the protocol to help dogs with separation related problems, and says, “Bob is an extraordinarily talented separation anxiety trainer. Any client of Bob’s will not only be guided carefully through their training to accomplish their dog’s alone-time success, but they will also have the best cheerleader to help keep them motivated throughout. I could not recommend Bob more highly – he is a gem among gems.”
He also participated in 6 one-week group internship classes and two private apprenticeship weeks (involving over 360 hours of teaching and training) with Pat Miller at Peaceable Paws, and completed Dr. Brian Hare’s “Dog Emotion and Cognition” online courses, as well as an eight week online “Living and Learning with Animals” course with Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.
Committed to furthering his education, Bob regularly takes courses to enhance his knowledge and training skills. By attending conferences, workshops, seminars and virtual learning opportunities he stays up to date on the latest scientific findings in canine behavior and the most effective humane training techniques.
Bob has taken courses from Jean Donaldson, Alexandra Horowitz, Kay Laurence, Patricia McConnell, Adam Miklosi, Ken Ramirez, Terry Ryan, Kathy Sdao, Michael Shikashio, Grisha Stewart, Sue Sternberg, Victoria Stillwell, Nicole Wild, and many others.
Bob and his wife Susan, who runs the administrative side of the business, live in Bloomington, IL with their Labradaughter, Daisy.
Because the knowledge of animal behavior is incomplete, I cannot guarantee a behavior outcome. There are many variables involved in animal behavior including genetics, the overall health of the animal, and the client’s commitment to the training plan. That said, I can increase the probability of the desired outcome if you are willing to work as training partners.
Here is what I can promise – I will …
- Be honest and transparent with you about the likely outcomes, and inform you during the first appointment if I do not believe I can be of help.
- Use training techniques based on the highest levels of current, scientifically-sound research.
- Use only methods that are gentle for your dog – force-free, fear-free, and pain-free. I will never ask you to do anything that might damage your relationship with your best friend.
- Fully support you during our training jury.
In return, I ask that you be pro-active and committed to working with your dog, utilize all features and benefits made available to you, and follow the instructions I give you in order to achieve the highest level of results.