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Caryl Wolff

BA, CPDT-KA#2020438, NADOI#1043C, CDBC#087,
AKC CGC Evaluator #10871

Award-winning author of 10 books

Train With the Best

dog trainer caryl wolff with 2 dogs

Dog & Puppy Trainer Certifications


I have had to pass rigorous examinations and have the requisite education and experience to become certified in these organizations. 

I am very proud to be the FIRST TRAINER WORLDWIDE to hold all certifications!

  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) Evaluator
    (October 2009) (The AKC is much more than a breed registry — it provides educational events, competitions such as agility and conformation, interacts with the veterinary community and governmental entities, and certifies evaluators to test for the Canine Good Citizen test.)

  • Association Of Animal Behavior Professionals (Professional Dog Trainer, Professional Dog Behavior Consultant)

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
    (July 2004) (When I became certified, I was one of 135 trainers worldwide to be a CDBC.)

  • National Association Of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)
    (April 2003)   (When I became certified, I was one of 425 NADOI members in this organization.)

  •  Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
    (November 2002)    (I am pleased to announce that I am one of the first 500 dog trainers worldwide to have passed the CCPDT exam.)

I am a UCLA graduate and also owned my own business as a Certified Court Reporter for the State of California.

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Owner/trainer Doggie Manners

  • Private lessons and consultations throughout the Los Angeles area (1994-present)

  • Classes at Westwood Park (2005-2017) (puppy, obedience & manners, tricks & agility, small dog, fun & games)

  • Classes at Katie’s Pet Depot (1995-2005) (obedience & manners)

  • Classes at Doggie in the Window (Long Beach, 2000-2004) (obedience & manners)

  • Classes at Central Bark (West Los Angeles, 2000-2001) (obedience & manners)

  • Classes at Pet Orphans (Van Nuys, 2000) (obedience & manners)

  • Classes at The Kennel Club (1997-1999) (obedience & manners, agility)

  • Classes at Urban Dog  (West Los Angeles, 1998)

  • Classes at Doggie Central (Culver City, 1998/99)

  • Movies, films, commercials, TV, operas, plays, & magazines supplying animals personally and also working with various animal rental agencies (1990-present)


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Conferences and seminars given by animal behaviorists, internationally acclaimed dog trainers, and ethologists including

  • Roger Abrantes
    *Dogs and Humans Speaking a New Language, (July 1999)
    *The Horse, Our Friend, Roger Abrantes (July 1999)

  • Sue Ailsby
    *Dog Anatomy and Performance (February 2000)
    *A Mind to Mind Clicker Training Seminar (February 2000)

  • Teoti Anderson
    *Training Small Dogs (March 2012)
    *Helping Pet Parents Get Ready for Baby When You Have No Kids of Your Own (July 2012)
    *Puppy Kindergarten Primer (Dec 2018)

  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers
    *San Diego (2000 Convention)
    *Memphis (1997 Convention)

  • Biting Dog Conference
    *(October 2005)

  • Brenda Aloff
    *Puppy classes (June 2011)
    *Dog Aggression (April 2004)

  • Bob Bailey
    *Behavior Analysis; Animal Training (March 2006)

  • Marian Bailey, Ph.D and Bob Bailey
    *Clicking Chicken Seminar (March 1999)

  • Maryjean Ballner
    *Massage for Dogs (February 2002)

  • Allan Bauman
    *Instructor’s Workshop (February 1998)

  • Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA
    *Incorporating Enrichment Into Your Behavior Modification Plan (Nov 2020)

  • Irith Bloom, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, CBCC-KA
    *Online Sessions - Why and How (Mar 2020)
    *Calming Protocols (May 2016)

  • Nina Bondarenko
    *Puppy Professors - Socialisation Science (Dec 2018)

  • Peter Borchelt, Ph.D.
    *Dog Aggression and Working with Aggressive Dogs  (April 2001)

  • Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas
    *Survive and Thrive (Apr 2020)

  • Hannah Branigan: Close the Loop: Training for Optimal Reinforcement (Apr 2021)

  • Sara Brueske, KPA CTP
    *Tricks With a Purpose (May 2021)

  • California Veterinary Conference
    *Anaheim (June 2007)

  • Dr. John J. Ciribassi DVM, DACVB
    * Separation Anxiety (Nov 2020)
    *Resource Guarding (Nov 2020)

  • Clicker Expo
    *Los Angeles (January 2007)
    *San Diego (January 2005)

  • Shirley Chong
    *Dog-Dog Behavior (February 2004)

  • Suzanne Clothier 
    *Anxiety the whole story (Nov 2020)
    *Anatomy of attention (Nov 2020)

  • Ray Coppinger
    *Intelligence of Dogs and Canine Cognition: Ethological Lessons on the Emotions and Neurophysiology of Dogs;  Evolutionary Development and the Natural Development of Dogs (July 2007)

  • Amy Cook, PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA
    *The Play Way: Therapeutic Help for Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (May 2021)

  • James W. Crosby, MS, CBCC-KA
    *Dog Bite Interpretation - Evidence and Behavior (May 2021)

  • Julie Daniels
    *Train this Now! The Short List for your New Puppy (Apr 2021)

  • Malena Demartini-Price
    *Fixing the Unfeaxable, Redux: A New Approach to Separation Anxiety (January 2012)
    *Separation Anxiety Training Goes High Tech (February 2012)

  • Sarah Dixon, CDBC
    *Resolving Resource Guarding (Dec 2018)
    *You're Not Alone: Working With Separation Issues in Dogs (Nov 2020)

  • Jean Donaldson, Ph.D.
    *Cutting Edge Dog Training (January 1997)

  • Dr. Jean Dodds
    *New pet diagnostics that you can collect at home and submit to Hemopet for testing (July 2021)

  • Donna Duford
    *Instructor’s Workshop (September 2002)

  • Ian Dunbar, Ph.D., DVM

  • *Canine Social Behavior; Reliability Testing & Games (May 2005)
    *Humane Behavior & Training Program for Shelter Personnel; Prevention & Treatment of Common Canine Behavior Problems; Fun & Games Dog Training (October 1996)
    *Effective Painless Punishment: The Most Misunderstood Process in Dog Training (Dec 2018)

  • Jim and Jamie Dutcher
    *Wolves at our Door (November 2002)

  • Denise Fenzi
    *Is Positive Permissive? (Apr 2020)

  • John Fisher
    *A New Perspective on Dominance (March 1995)

  • Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.
    *Behavior & Learning Seminar (Jul 2015)

  • Erica Feuerebacher
    *Can an In-shelter Test Predict Separation Related Problem Behavior in Dogs (Nov 2020)

  • Simon Gadbois, PhD
    * Pick the brain first: The right nose, breed, and training method will follow (June 2015)

  • Carol Gurney
    *Animal Communication (1994)

  • James C Ha, PhD, CAAB
    *Why Tails Wag: From Wolf to Best Friend (Jun 2020)

  • Maureen Hall
    * Animal Behavior and Training (December 2007)

  • Barbara Handleman
    * Early Behavior, Socialization, and Puppy Temperament Evaluations (August 2015)
    *Puppy Behavior and Socialization Course (Jul 2015)

  • Dr. Jessica Hekman
    *Anxiety - The Whole Story (Nov 2020)

  • Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., and Daniel Estep, Ph.D.
    * Managing the Home Alone Dog — Separation Anxiety (January 2008)

  • Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D. , Alice Moon-Fanelli, PhD, CAAB and Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB
    *Behavior Genetics (February 2015)

  • Ella Hoseltyn
    *Agility Training (March 1998 – July 2000)

  • Humane Society of the United States
    *2000 Convention (February 2000)

  • Wayne Hunthausen
    *Fears & Phobias, Compulsive Disorders, Aggression, and Medical Causes of House Soiling (February 1998)

  • IAABC Animal Behavior Conference
    *(Apr 2016)
    *(Apr 2017)

  • Deborah Jones, PhD
    *Zen and the Art of Impulse Control (May 2021)

  • Kennel and Groom Expo
    *(February 2001)

  • Trish King
    *Aggression to People (October 2011)
    *The Different Faces of Aggression; Helping the Fearful Dog (April 2007)
    *Are Puppy Classes for All Puppies? (Dec 2020)
    *Fear & Conflict (Dec 2019)
    *Aggression in Puppies (Dec 2019)

  • Frank Lavac, DVM
    *First Aid for Animals (March 1999)

  • Tiffany Lovell
    *Separation Anxiety - Mission Possible (Feb 20017)

  • Chad Mackin
    *E-touch Training (July 2012)

  • Steve Martin (July 2015)
    *The Secret of Animal Training

  • Ken McCort
    *Separation Anxiety (Dec 2018)
    *Resolving Separation Anxiety (Dec 2018)
    *A Brief Look at Arousal in Dogs (Jan 2016)

  • Leslie McDevitt
    *Making Patterns out of Lemons - Using the Control Unleashed Pattern Games (Nov 2020)

  • Pat Miller
    *Dog Body Language; * Play Behaviors (February 2005)

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
    *Wolf to Dog Symposium (November 2002)

  • Dr. Karen Overall
    *From Leashes to Neurons – The Importance of Exercising Your Dog’s Brain for Optimal Mental and Physical Health (September 2015)

  • Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
    *Windows of opportunity: A New Look at Canine Socialization (September 2015)
    *Stress Matters: Impact of Fear and Anxiety on Learning (Jul 2021)

  • Pet Tech
    *First Aid and CPR for Dogs (1998)

  • Michele Pouliot
    *Advanced Platform Training (Apr 2021)

  • Pamela Reid, Ph.D.
    *Excelerated Learning (July 1997)

  • Elizabeth Reyes
    *Dogs and Oils (Jul 2015)

  • John Rogerson
    *Instructor’s Course (May 2003)
    *Canine Aggression (May 2003)
    *Teaching and Training; * Advanced Training (April 2002)
    *Separation Anxiety; *Fears and Phobias (October 2001)
    *Working with Aggressive Dogs (May 2001)
    *Scenting and Search Work (April 2001)
    *Rescue and Rehoming Workshop (May 2000)
    *Advanced Dog Training; Fun and Games with Dogs
    *Aggression; Preparation for Working Dogs Trials (November 1999)
    *Canine Behavior Workshop (April 1999)

  • Chrissi Schranz
    *Come! The Art and Science of Recall Training (Nov 2020)

  • Kathy Sdao
    *Does the name Pavlov Ring a Bell? (April 2005)
    *The Science and Art of Clicker Training (June 2004)
    *But My Dog Isn't Food Motivated (May 2021)

  • Cara Shannon
    *Sticky Situations, Super Solutions (January 2012)

  • Pia Silvani
    *Petite Pals (March 2007)
    *Canine Aggression; Sibling Rivalry; Puppy classes; Canine Play Behavior (June 2005)

  • Mike Shikashio
    *Owner Guarding (Apr 2021)
    *How to Stay Safe While Working Aggression Cases (Apr 2014)

  • Jennifer Shryock
    *Postpartum and Family Dogs (July 2011)
    * Dogs & Storks (February 2011)

  • Cheryl Smith
    *Dog to Dog Aggression; Dog to People Aggression (April 1997)

  • Desiree Snelleman
    *Stretching for Both Ends of the Leash (August 2004)

  • Sue Sternberg
    *Dog-Dog Group Dynamics (July 2012)
    *Bite-O-Meter (July 2012)
    *The Controversial Pit Bull & Temperament Testing for Shelter Dogs (October 2000)
    *Animal Behavior and Effective Adoptions (February 2000)
    *Temperament Evaluations of Shelter Dogs, Handling Skills for Difficult and Aggressive Dogs (March 1998)

  • Grisha Stewart
    *Quick Fixes: Sometimes Prevention is Good Enough (September 2012)
    *Puppy Socialization - the Right Way! (Dec 2018)

  • Dr. Karen Sueda 
    *Doggy Dream Team: How trainers and veterinary behaviorists can work together (Jan 2021)

  • Dan Tambourine
    *Difficult Dog Training Class (May 1999)

  • Nancy Tucker, CDBC, CPDT-KA
    *Using Desensitization and Counterconditioning to treat fearful behavior in dogs (Jan 2021)
    *Densitization and Counterconditioning (Apr (2021)
    *Treating Separation Anxiety (Nov 2020)

  • UCLA Center for Society and Genetics
    *Dog + Human Co-Evolution, Made for Each Other (February 2011)

  • Wendy Volhard
    *Holistic Approach to Solving Problem Behaviors
    * Nutrition  (February 2001)
    *Dog Training Seminar (July 1996)

  • Emily Weiss, Ph.D.
    *SAFER Animal Assessment (December 2004)

  • Steve White
    *Wired, Fired, and On Task: Positive Secrets of Canine Motivation and Reliability; Transforming Your Training the Police K9 Way (March 2007)
    *The Nose Knows (December 2008)

  • Gary Wilkes
    *Rescue and Rehabilitation Workshop for Shelter Dogs, (September 2002)

  • Nicole Wilde
    *Super Seminars for Hosts and Speakers (March 2012)
    *Separation Anxiety & Dog-Dog Play (July 2012)
    *The Energy Effect (August 2009)
    *The Different Faces of Aggression; Helping the Fearful Dog (April 2007)

  • Sophia Yin, DVM
    *Low Stress Handling for Dogs (May 2011)

  • Christine Zink, DVM, Ph.D.
    *Coaching the Canine Athlete (September 1995)


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Speaking Engagements

  • Google Headquarters in Venice (2004 – present)

  • Rotary Club (August 1999)

  • Equestrian Trails International (June 1999)

  • West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club (September 1998)

  • Bearded Collie Club (May 1998)


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Magazine Articles, Books, Internet Publications, Blog Posts, and Videos


Click links to purchase on Amazon

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Doggie Dangers and Safety Tips

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In 2011 all of a sudden, I had several clients with teacup puppies and dogs. I quickly learned that training teacups was different than training larger dogs, both because of their size and health issues. Since there was conflicting on the Internet - and sometimes downright stupid - advice, I decided to write a series of books with the help of my clients.


Teacup Puppies and Dogs – Choosing a Breeder and Choosing a Dog

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Magazine Covers

Off-Lead September 2001

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Off-Lead October 1995

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Good Dog December 1998

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  • 4Knines (2015-2016)

  • PetSafe (2014-2017)

  • Dog Days in L.A. (2006-2009)

  • Pawprint Magazine (2007, 2008)

  • LA Tails Pet Magazine (2008)

  • Paws ‘n Tales (1996/97)


Print Articles

  • The Pet Press (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006)

  • The Pug Press (2000)


Internet Articles

  • How to Best Socialize Your Puppy to Foster Good Doggie Manners (July 2014)

  • Puppy Vaccinations and Schedule (May 2013)

  • Should The California Puppy Rabies Vaccination Age Be Changed – (May 2013)

  • What Is A Vaccine? – How Vaccinations for Puppies Work – (May 2013)

  • Puppies Immunity – What Is Immune Response and Puppy Immune System – (May 2013)

  • What Is A Vaccine Reaction? – Learn About Type I and Type II Reactions in Puppies – (May 2013)

  • Prevent Adverse Vaccine Reactions in Puppies – Giving Puppy Vaccines Safely – (May 2013)

  • Rabies Laws: What Age Should Puppies Get Rabies Vaccination? – (May 2013)

  • Dogtime expert (2009)

  • Pooch Heaven online behavior consultant (2002)

    Please note that and are no longer viable websites (I outlasted them!), but I can email the articles to you.


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Performances, Training & Handling, and Interviews

  • Interview, Pet Talk Radio (January 2015)

  • Interview, Pet Talk Radio (February 2015)

  • Felicia Day You Tube Internet Sensation (January 2012 filming)

  • “It’s a Brad Brad World,” Bravo (July 2011 filming)

  • “Teaching a Dog to Swim & Pool Safety,” Channel 2 News (August 2005)

  • “Teaching a Dog to Swim & Pool Safety,” Channel 9 News (May 2005)

  • *”Animals and Us,” radio, weekly training segment (December 2000-2002)

  • “All about Pets,” KRLA, radio interview (October 2000)

  • Rag Dog catalogue and Web site (October 2000)

  • Agility Segment, Channel 2 News, television (March 1998)

  • “Wizard of Oz,” theater (June 1996)

  • “Camelot,”  theater (June 1996)

  • “The Home Show,”  television (June 1996)

  • KTLA News, television (October 1995)

  • Los Angeles Zoo, charity event (December 1995)

  • 7-Up, commercial (March 1996)

  • “A Home for Buddy,” TV movie (April 1994)

  • “Abracadabra,”  film (May 1993)

  • “Albert Herring,” Los Angeles Music Center Opera (1993)

  • Bob Hope Special on Animals, television (1991)

  • “Girl of the Golden West,” Los Angeles Music Center Opera (June 1991)

  • “AM Los Angeles,” television (May 1991)

  • American Red Cross Circus Night, charity event (March 1991)

  • “Pete & Magic,”  film (March 1990)

  • “Annie,” theater (December 1989)

  • Pet Department, store opening (December 1988)


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Memberships (past and present)

  • American Dog Owners Association

  • Animal Behavior Resources Institute

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers

  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

  • Dog Trainers Forum of Orange County

  • Dog Trainers Forum of Los Angeles

  • Independent Book Publishers Association

  • Independent Writers of Southern California

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

  • International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior

  • National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

  • Nonfiction Authors Association

  • Publishers Association of Los Angeles

  • West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club

  • West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

  • West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce


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Volunteer Organizations (past and present)

  • Archer Foundation

  • Freeplay

  • Perfect Pet Adoptions

  • Pet Orphans

  • Pooch Heaven

  • spcaLA


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