Meet The Trainers
Pooling more than 100 years' combined experience in training and behavior modification, this team of multi-faceted, experienced trainers provided the foundation for the overwhelming success of the Pawsitive Partners Prison Program.
The dogs benefit. The prisoners benefit. We all benefit.
Truly a win-win-win proposition!
Whitney Doremus, CPDT: Whitney owns Dogs at Play - doggie daycare and brings more than a decade of canine behavior and training experience and expertise to the PPP program. She earned Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) credentials through the Association of Pet Dog trainers and started Dogs at Play in 2001 after working with Dee Zurburg at Class Act for Dogs and other training facilities in Gainsville, Fl and Wilmington, NC.
Barbara Eagles: Barbara started training dogs professionally in 1978. After moving to Wilmington in 1987, she founded the first dog training facility in Wilmington. Barbara specialized in training and behavioral counseling for more than 25 years and agreed to come out of retirement to support and contribute to this outstanding program.
Kathleen Moyer: Kathleen’s passion is Aussies. As former regional representative for Australian Shepherd Rescue she committed hundreds of hours to supporting this noble breed. She possesses many years’ experience as an instructor at a local training center and is an avid AKC obedience competitor with her Aussie family. Kathleen coordinated adoptions and developed protocols and procedures for PPPP.
Barb McNinch: Barb co-founded Ringtime Training Center in Burgaw, NC with Monty’s Home founder Barb Raab prior to a move to the mid-west. With more than 25 years experience in instruction, competition and behavior training, she specializes in behavior management and modification. We were thrilled to learn Barb was moving back to the area – just in time for the inaugural PPPP class – and agreed to come on board. She’s an award winning author of Training Your Rottweiler – 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon!
Barb Raab, CPDT-KA: Barb owns Ringtime Training Center now and provides instructions for all levels – from puppy classes to competition level training. She’s an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and an ardent competitor in AKC obedience competitions. She belongs to numerous canine organizations and is the former President of Cape Fear Golden Retriever Rescue. Barb is Co-founder and President of Monty’s Home.
Vicky Wilcox: Vicky was the head trainer for service dogs at Carolina Canines for more than 10 years. She’s participated for more than 25 years in obedience competitions winning two top-level Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) awards in AKC obedience – considered the PhD for dogs; it’s the highest obedience honor a dog can receive. Additionally, she’s attained numerous titles and awards in herding and belongs to several national and local dog clubs.
If you're already a dog trainer and would like to join our volunteer team, we'd love to have you. If you have no training experience, but are eager to learn and willing to work, we're willing to train you to become a PPPP trainer! We envision expanding this program to correctional facilities across the area and perhaps throughout the state and need apprentice trainers to support future expansion plans. Join us! There're plenty of furry hugs and big wet kisses for everyone!!
Contact Barb Raab - 910.259.7911 or firstname.lastname@example.org