Pat Miller’s education and experience make her uniquely qualified as an expert witness in cases involving canine behavior and training. During her 20-year career at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, she was a sworn Humane Officer and enforced animal protection and control laws of California and Marin, assisting with the investigation and prosecution of numerous cases and testifying in those cases. She also earned an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice at Santa Rosa Junior College.
In 1996 she left the Humane Society to launch Peaceable Paws, and pursued her education in dog behavior and training, becoming one of the first trainers in the country to obtain CPDT, CDBC and CBHC certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is past president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers, the Tennessee Association of Positive Trainers, the Animal Behavior Management Association, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her first book, The Power of Positive Dog Training, has been one of Amazon.com’s top ten dog training books since 2001. She has since had three additional books published and is preparing to release her fifth book in 2010.
Miller is also the training editor for The Whole Dog Journal, is a regular contributor to Popular Dogs magazines, and has a regular monthly feature article in Tuft’s University’s Your Dog. She is highly regarded internationally as a trainer, behavior professional, author and seminar speaker, and conducts her own Peaceable Paws academies for dog trainers.
When she appeared in court as a Humane Officer in Marin, prosecutors remarked on her poise and presence on the stand, and her ability to articulate. In 2009, Miller was a key witness in the civil case Animal Rescue of Tidewater v. Loudon County, Virginia Animal Care and Control. Appearing on behalf of the defendant, her expert witness testimony was instrumental in the judge’s finding in favor of Loudon County.
Areas of Expertise:
Dog Training and Behavior
Dangerous Dog Ordinances
Animal Control Ordinances
Dog Bite Cases
Training Methods and Equipment
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