Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, SDC
Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, SDC is an internationally certified behavior consultant and certified service dog trainer. She understands the science of behavior modification, classical and operant conditioning. She is a certified through International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and completed her post-baccalaureate education at Tufts University. Meredith is one of 94 Certified Behavior Canine Consultants in the world. She works closely with Veterinary Behaviorists in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Meredith was appointed by The Fulton County Board Of Commissioners to the Animal Control Hearing Board. She will serve the City of Atlanta and Fulton County as a professional expert, who will render advisory opinions involving pets that have been declared dangerous or potentially dangerous by an animal control officer.
Meredith was responsible in helping to create Canine CellMates, the jail dog program at Fulton County Jail.
Meredith is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator and an AKC® Canine Good Citizen Evaluator®. Meredith is a creative problem-solver who works with dogs with severe behavior disorders (e.g. phobias, separation anxiety, and aggression). Meredith regularly conducts behavior evaluations of shelter dogs for rescue groups and local animal control agencies. She has rehabilitated abused and aggressive dogs, worked with special needs dogs, and has handled dogs in the confirmation ring. Meredith has experience as the Event and Fund-raising Coordinator for a non-profit 501(c)(3), no kill, rescue group whose main focus is to save high-risk animals from life on the streets, shelters and gas chambers. She has been a guest on the Animal Hour/1620 a.m. radio, has hosted interviews on WSB radio and Q-100. She has also appeared on Channel 2 and 11 speaking about the plight of homeless pets in Metro-Atlanta. She was also featured on CBS Atlanta’s morning show, Better Mornings Atlanta. She has also appeared on CNN, 11-Alive, and Fox News as a pet expert. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video/22997085/index.html
In January 2012 and 2013, Meredith traveled to India to sharpen her pet dog training skills and completed courses in search and rescue, explosive detection, cadaver detection, tracking, gun dog training, guide dog work, and hearing dog work.
Meredith has trained multiple species of animals including, dolphins, parrots, rats, chickens, guinea pigs, coyotes, wolves, and cats. She completed an internship at Zoo Atlanta, and worked exclusively with the resident elephants, Kelly and Tara.
Meredith has worked with many celebrity clients including Usher, Emily Sailers from the Indigo Girls, Sean Mullins, and Falcons’s offensive guard, Andy Levitre, just to name a few.
Meredith has worked with celebrity dog trainer, Victoria Stillwell and has appeared on the show, Its Me Or The Dog. Meredith has appeared on the cover of the Atlanta Journal Constitution with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bullet. She has lectured at the Atlanta Kennel Club, and several elementary schools as a pet expert. For the past four years, Meredith has worked with the District Attorney of Dekalb County to develop PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, an event focused on creating awareness for the abused and neglected animals of Dekalb County. Meredith continues to play an active role in animal advocacy, fund raising, and training for various animal welfare organizations in Atlanta. She has personally placed 1000+ dogs in responsible, loving homes over the past 18 years.
Meredith is currently a mentor for Victoria Stillwell’s Positively Trainers and CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. In addition, local dog trainers, behavior consultants, and veterinarians, attend her classes and seminars, and often refer their difficult behavior cases to her. Meredith works closely with Veterinarian Behaviorists. Several veterinarian students from Auburn University The University of Georgia have completed externships in behavior with Meredith.
Meredith’s personal dogs participate in nose work, tracking, rally obedience, toss and fetch (disc dog), flyball, agility, steeple chase racing, dock-diving, lure coursing, go-to-ground, super-earth, barn and brush hunt. Most recently, they have added "herding" to their resume.
In 2011 and 2012, Bullet was invited to race at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Bullet has earned multiple titles, including "champion" in barn hunt, go-to-ground, super earth and lure coursing. She is the first dog in the United States to earn gold, silver and bronze metals in rally working trials.
In December 2013, Meredith became a Judge for Barn Hunt, LLC. She has previously judged Brush Hunt events for the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.
Meredith volunteers with PAWS Atlanta, Atlanta Dog Squad, Atlanta Pet Rescue, Saving Shelter Pets, Atlanta Boxer Rescue, AARF-Atlanta, DREAM Dachshund Rescue, Lifeline Animal Project, Atlanta Weimaraner Rescue, Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue, BullsEye Rescue, Angels Among Us, and other private rescue groups. She also volunteers for Dekalb County Animal Control and Fulton County Animal Services.
Meredith is Pet Tech certified in CPR and First Aid.