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About Hillary CTDI

Hillary Graff CTDI

I'm a Senior and the University of North Texas majoring in Behavior Analysis who shares their life with 3 fantastic Papillons. I'm a proud member of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).

I've wanted to trial in agility for as long as I can remember, and in March of 2009, I started doing just that. I've been hopelessly addicted ever since.

I currently teach puppy, manners, and dog agility classes at The Lucky Dog Training Center in Keller, TX.

When I'm in PA, I teach dog agility classes at Dog is Family K9 Training with Godfrey's welcome to Dogdom.

On May 30th, 2015 I passed my Certified Trick Dog Instructor exam through Do More With Your Dog!

In May 2013, I completed the 5 days of seminars and workshops that make up Dog's Of Course's Instructor Training Course in Accord, NY.

In June and July 2014 I completed both the Discrimination and Cueing Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning chicken workshops in Columbia, MD.

Attended Seminars Under: 
-Silvia Trkman (Master Agility  Handling)
-Tori Self (Master Agility Handling)
-Pia Silvani and Sue Sternburg (Instructor Training Course)
-Pat Hastings (Structure Evaluation Seminar)
-Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody (Operant Conditioning Workshops)

Competed in the AKC National Agility Championship
-in 2014 with Lilly (8P) and Knight (4P)

Photo by Selina Fluker


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