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About us Meet the Trainer
Laura (Devine) Hills, BA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, FitPAWS Master Trainer, CCFT, CTDI, VSPDT


Education:
BA in Business Administration from Park College
Karen Pryor Academy for Training and Animal Behavior Graduate
Dogs of Course Instructor's Training Course


Certifications:
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer
Certified Canine Fitness Instructor
FitPAWS™ Master Trainer
Certified Trick Dog Instructor
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator
American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR


Achievements:
Earned multiple titles in agility
Trained a ten year-old shelter dog for the part of Sandy in the Gladstone Theatre in the Park musical presentation of Annie


Memberships:
Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild
Professional Member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants


Community Involvements:
Trainer for Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department 2007 Kansas City, MO
Off Leash Dog Park Advisory Task Force Committee Member 2007-2008
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference Staff Member 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference Committee Member 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014


Appearances and Demonstrations:
Walk N' Wag, Gladstone, MO 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. 2012, 2013. 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Dog N' Jog, Kansas City, MO 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. 2012, 2013. 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Paws in the Park, Parkville, MO 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Friday Night Fright Night, Gladstone, MO 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013
Gladfest parade, Gladstone, MO 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
Gladfest entertainment, Gladstone, MO 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. 2012, 2013. 2014, and 2015
Pre show for a Gladstone Movie in the Park, Gladstone, MO 2007
Companion Animal Parasite Council entertainment, Kansas City, MO 2008

Woofstock, Kansas City, MO 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
Salvation Army Children’s Shelter Picnic hosted by American Century, Kansas City, MO 2008
Dippin’ Dogs, Kansas City, MO 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
Pampered Pets weekend at the Elms Resort & Spa, Excelsior Springs, MO 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Relay for Life, Kansas City, MO 2012, 2013, and 2016


Speaking Engagements:
Conducted training on canine communication at Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, MO 2011
Guest speaker at the Elms Resort & Spa Pampered Pets weekend, Excelsior Springs, MO, 2009
Delivered welcome address at the 2006 Association of Pet Dog Trainers National Conference in Kansas City, MO


Conferences Attended:
Association of Pet Dog Trainers 2006 Kansas City, MO, 2007, Portland, OR, 2008 Louisville, KY, 2010 Atlanta, GA, 2011 San Diego, CA, 2012 Cincinnati, OH, 2013 Portland, OR, 2014 Hartford, CT, and 2015 Dallas, TX
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training Conference 2013 and 2015 Milton, GA
Central State Veterinary Conference, 2005, 2006, and 2008 Kansas City, MO
Clicker Expo 2007 Cleveland, OH, 2016 Reno, NV, and 2017 Stamford, CT
Clean Run Agility Instructor's Conference 2007 Hamden, CT
Canine Legislation Conference 2007 Kansas City, MO
SAZ/HAI International Conference on Human-Animal Interaction: Impacting Multiple Species 2009 Kansas City, MO


Seminars Attended:

Dr. Patricia McConnell, St. Louis, January 2004
Dr. Dan Estep and Dr. Suzanne Hetts, Telecourse, March 2004
Brenda Aloff, Ponca City, OK, March 2004
Dr. Pamela Reid, Omaha, NE, July 2004
Dr. Emily Weiss, Wichita, KS, August 2004
Leslie Nelson, St. Louis, MO, January 2005
Pat Hennessey, Belton, MO, February 2005
Dr. Wayne Hunthausen, Westwood, KS, March 2005
Dr. Emily Weiss, Mission, KS, November 2005
Kathy Cascade, Belton, MO, September, 2005
Pam Dennison, Blairstown, NJ, July 2005
Turid Ruugas, Omaha, NE, June 2006

Dr. Roger Abrantes, St. Louis, MO, July 2006
Pat Miller, Omaha, NE, August 2006
Nicole Wilde, St. Louis, MO, May 2007
Kellie Snider, St. Louis, MO, July 2007
Pat Hennessey, Gladstone, MO, August 2007
Dr. J.C. Burcham, Merriam, KS, June 2008
Emma Parsons, St. Louis, MO, July 2008
Trish King, Overland Park, KS, September 2008
Dr. Patricia McConnell, Des Moines, IA, December 2008
Ken Ramirez, Des Moines, IA, March 2011
Victoria Stillwell, St. Louis, MO, April 2011
Pia Silvani, Kansas City, MO, April 2011
Beth Duman at Wolf Park, Battle Ground, IN, March 2013


Laura lives with four dogs: Gracie, Skeeter, Guinness, and Fiona. She focuses on helping keep her senior dog, Gracie, stay fit and mobile in the FitPAWS™ K9 Conditioning Class and participates in the sport of Tricks and Rally Freestyle with Fiona. She is still trying to discover the things Skeeter and Guinness love to do as much as play with each other. Laura’s household also includes two cats, Leo and Peaches, and her good natured husband, Kirby.


 

 

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