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Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell

Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell Esq., CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA Dawn is a life-long dog lover and has been training dogs for nearly 25 years, since she was a 4-Her. During that time, she has successfully trained several breeds of dogs, including Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, and a Border Collie in multiple venues to class wins and titles, including conformation, obedience, tracking, rally obedience, agility, go-to-ground, and open terrier trial competitions. She has taken dogs of several breed to multiple high-in-trial obedience trial wins, national rankings in obedience and agility, and also trained the first Non-Sporting breed and first Dalmatian to earn a VCD title at any level, the first Curly-Coated Retriever to earn an AKC rally title as well as the first to earn all three rally obedience titles, and the first Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier to earn a rally obedience title. Her dogs have also done extensive modeling work for Hallmark, appearing on several dozen different Hallmark greeting cards and promotional materials. Her Jack Russell Terrier Lizzie B. was her long-time Delta Society Pet Partner and a Reading Education Assistance Dog. Together they worked with pediatric oncology patients, children with reading disabilities, children survivors of domestic abuse, and economically-disadvantaged children. Her current therapy dog Glitch helps children at the Phoenix Day School improve their reading skills by being a patient, non-judgmental listener.

Dawn has taught group classes for over fifteen years in a variety of settings and enjoys helping dog owners understand, appreciate, and communicate more effectively with their dogs.In addition to being a CCPDT Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine, Dawn is also an AKC and APDT Rally Obedience judge, an AKC and CDSP Obedience judge, a TDAA agility judge, an IWPA weight pull judge, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a training seminar junkie. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is certified in Pet First Aid. She has been interviewed on television and Dogcast Radio and has been published in a variety of magazines, including the Dalmatian Quarterly, the AKC Gazette, and Pet Enthusiast. Recently her training tips have been selected for inclusion in Top Tips from Top Trainers, published by TFH, and her first training book, Terrier-centric Dog Training, is available from Dogwise Publishing, and book stores world-wide. Her non-canine passions are knitting, bellydancing, hiking, architectural history and photography. She has won several photo competitions and has a photo featured in the 2008 Jack Russell Terrier calendar produced by JRT Rescue.

Dawn is an attorney licensed in both Nevada and Nebraska; she currently focuses her limited private legal practice on small business organizations and pet estate planning. She is currently owned by three Jack Russell Terriers, a Border Collie, and a Dalmatian.

Dawn's combination of knowledge, skills and experiences brings a unique perspective to dog training that focuses on the need for real-life skills for both pets and their owners. She enjoys helping owners find ways to incorporate their pets safely and enjoyably into everyday activities and is passionate about helping disabled dog owners train their own service dogs.


272 - dog AITA and having fun with your dog

In the first podcast of 2024, Julie considers some dog themed AITA questions from the Reddit site.Who are the goodies and who are the baddies of some canine conundrums? And here's a new year's resolution you can stick to - have fun with your dog! We have lots of suggestions from listeners about fun activities with your dog.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.