Barbara began her professional career educating pet
owners on proper care of their animals in 1967 as a
staff member on and later contributing editor with Dog
Fancy and Cat Fancy Magazines.
When the editorial offices moved to California, Barbara
secured a position as Assistant to the Director of the
Bide-A-Wee Animal Shelter in New York City.
Observing that dogs were constantly being returned
to the shelter because of recurring behavior problems,
she encouraged the shelter's management to send her
to dog training school to learn how to solve the dogs'
problems. It was then, in 1969, that she attended a
full-time six week course on dog training at Capt. Haggerty's
School for Dogs in The Bronx, New York.
She spent the next 25 years as a veterinary nurse,
technician, and hospital administrator in several high-volume
practices in South Jersey and Philadelphia. During this
period, she continued to offer clients solutions to
behavioral and training problems on a part-time basis.
Barbara is currently a professional member of the Association
of Pet Dog Trainers and is one of a handful of obedience
instructors in South Jersey to have passed the rigorous
testing procedure to become a member of the National
Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Over the years, she has taught many puppy classes for Evesham Township and was a contributing editor to The Trend Newspaper for many years where her column, "The Wonder of Dogs" appeared weekly.
She currently enjoys the company of her 6 dogs: 3 Silken Windhounds (Katarina, Brio and Mariska) and 3 rescues (Cora, Josephine and Louisa). She recently lost both her parrot, Annie, who was her friend and companon for more than 32 years and her sweet little Italian Greyhound girl, Frankie, at the amazing age of 17½.
As Wonderdogs reputation and popularity grew, so did
the Wonderdogs staff. Barbara has surrounded herself
with highly qualified and accomplished instructors.
Each instructors profile can be viewed by clicking on
their respective link in the Our Instructors drop down menu above