Family Dog Training is owned and operated by head trainer Margaret Daul. Margaret has been a dog lover and owner all her life, and provides individual behavior consultations for both new puppies and dogs with behavior issues. She has volunteered for Guide Dogs for the Blind since 2004 and has worked at the Peninsula Humane Society providing individual consultations and teaching group classes since 2009. These classes include but are not limited to Companion Dog 1, Companion Dog 1 for Small Dogs, and Puppy Kindergarten. She has also taught Beginning Puppy Training at Humane Society of Silicon Valley in Milpitas from Sept. 2011- Sept. 2013. Her individual consultations frequently address dog aggression, separation anxiety, and other behavioral issues.
Margaret's expertise in puppies comes from being a Leader in Puppy Raising volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) for over 10 years. Her specialty is in puppies aged five months and under. In addition to leading regular puppy-raising classes for GDB, Margaret has also raised five puppies in her own home until they were 16 months of age.
Margaret highly values education and holds multiple certifications related to dog behavior and training. She received her CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling.), at the SF SPCA Academy taught by Jean Donaldson, Janis Bradley, and John Buginas. Margaret also completed an internship at the SF SPCA earning a Behavior and Training Certificate. She is certified as both a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed) as well as a CPDT KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge and Skill Assessed) from the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). Margaret completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Course and graduated as a KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner). Lastly, Margaret is an ACDBC (Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant) through IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). She continues to develop her dog training skills and knowledge by working toward her accreditation for KCAI (Kennel Club Accredited Instructor). Most recently, she has also taken the courses "Aggression In-Depth" and "Counseling In-Depth" taught by John Rogerson, and "Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems" taught by Pat Miller.