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Barbara Long, APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year (2004)

Barbara Long’s involvement in dog training began with a problem pet of her own. She started training her dog with the Animal Protection Society of Orange County (APS) Dog Training Program. She found that working with her dog using positive reinforcement techniques made all the difference — such a difference, in fact, that she went on to assist with, then instruct classes for APS.

Barbara began working for the Animal Protection Society of Orange County in 1987, and managed their shelter for five years. A founding member of the APS Dog Training Club, she continues to teach classes for APS and coordinates continuing education seminars for dog trainers. Barbara also coaches the APS Dog Drill Team — a group that performs in parades and competitions. She was named the Grand Marshall of the 2008 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade.

Barbara is a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Carolina Trainers forum. In 2001, she became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) — the first trainer in North Carolina to achieve this certification. She has attended all APDT conferences since their first conference in Orlando in 1994. She presented short programs at the 2002, 2003 and 2004 conferences. More recently, she was the presenter of the “Conference Puppy Orientation” at the 2008 Conference in Louisville.

In 2004 she was named the APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year. She has served as APDT President, Vice-President and Elections Chair and is currently the Conference Committee Chair.

Barbara's Brittany, Thatcher
Thatcher, December 7, 1988–August 18, 2005

Barbara served two terms on the board of directors of the Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) and volunteered on their Animal Welfare and Humane Education Committees. In 2007 she was honored as a North Carolina Key Volunteer for her volunteer work at the Orange County Animal Shelter.

She has competed in Rally obedience and Canine Freestyle and is training her Gordon Setters Niamh and Ambrose in Tracking, Rally and Freestyle.

Barbara was profiled in the book Careers with Animals by Willow Sirch.