Meet the Team
GILLIAN DANIELS, CPDT-KA, Training Manager
Gillian completed her internship at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT–KA). She began her career with animals by working as a kennel technician, and then kennel manager, as well as assisting the veterinary techs at the animal hospital where she worked. After some time she realized that her interests were not in animal medicine, but in animal behavior.
Gillian discovered her passion for animal behavior when she adopted her first dog, a large mixed breed named Bernie, who was mildly reactive (worried about other dogs). After some trial and error she discovered that training through positive reinforcement and clicker training got better results and boosted her worried dog’s confidence. She soon adopted her second dog, a puppy named Archer, and shortly thereafter was introduced to Ann, and New Dawn Animal Behavior Center.
Finding and joining the New Dawn ABC team has been an incredible learning experience, and Gillian is thrilled to be here, working with these fantastic dogs and their caring humans.
Having a canine companion needs to be a two-way street. Often we expect our dogs to be so very human. Gillian’s goal is to encourage dog owners to consider their dog’s emotional needs, to learn how to read their body language to better understand them, and to set them up for success. Training does amazing things for your relationship, and communication.
MELISSA KOLMAR, CPDT-KA, Assistant Training Manager
Melissa Kolmar completed her internship at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT–KA) as well as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Melissa has loved animals since she was a child. Her family always had lots of dogs while she was growing up and even when she was a baby, one dog was always “hers.”
Melissa graduated college with a BA in Communications. She began working as a graphic designer, before transitioning into training dogs and leading marketing efforts at New Dawn.
Melissa loves learning about animal behavior and training. In 2013, she became a member of Florida State Animal Response Coalition (FLSARC). Within a week, she began deploying to help dogs rescued from cruelty cases. During these deployments, she learned a lot from the behavior specialists at the ASPCA and realized she has a true passion for it.
In 2015, Melissa became a Professional Responder for the ASPCA, as well as an instructor for FLSARC. She also volunteers weekly at Pasco County Animal Services. These experiences help her to study, train with and learn from a wide variety of dogs.
Melissa also trains and plays with her two wonderful rescue dogs: Chupacabra, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Australian Cattle/Springer Spaniel Mix and Wolfie, a Siberian Husky.
Melissa is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also Pet First Aid/CPR certified.
Melissa believes training is about building a strong and trusting relationship with your dog, as well as learning to communicate better with him or her.
Archer is our Director of Training, he completed his internship at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center with his mom, and New Dawn Trainer, Gillian Daniels.
Archer was born on January 22nd, in 2013. He came into this word as an independent little fuzzball, who didn’t feel he needed much help from humans. Over time he decided people were alright, especially Gillian, she seemed to have his best interest at heart. With much socialization, understanding, and training, Archer has since grown into a stable, friendly, and focused adult dog. He assists the trainers with their reactive or fearful dog clients, and truly enjoys his job.
Archer feels that the most important aspect of the human-dog bond is understanding. Realizing that dogs are living in our human world, and taking the time to understand their motivations, their emotional needs, and learning how to communicate with each other.
“I believe training is about trust and relationships.”
Meet our Founder-ANN WATERBURY
Ann Waterbury, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CAP2, CNWI has in excess of 15 years of professional commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals in addition to her personal lifelong passion to the well-being of companion animals. In 2017, she moved to Washington state to fulfill her dreams of teaching in the Pacific Northwest.
Her educational background besides a BS degree from East Carolina University in conjunction with a three year CDBC program at Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) for Advanced Canine Behavioral Sciences; Living and Learning with Animals-The Fundamental Principles and Procedures for Teaching and Learning (foundation for her grounding in behavior analysis) taught by her mentor, Susan G Friedman, Ph.D. Professor emeritus, Utah State University; course work with the University of North Texas graduate school of behavior analysis and Contemporary Animal Training intensive at Natural Encounters in Winter Haven, Florida also facilitated by Susan Friedman, Ph.D. Ann was recently accepted into the University of Washington’s certification program for Applied Animal Behavior.
Ann currently serves as a certifying official for NACSW™ (National Association of Canine Scent Work) sponsored events. She joined the NACSW™ education team in 2016, through certifying instructors and the continuing education process. Her involvement includes serving as an instructor at K9 Nose Work® camp. Ann is also the canine behavior consultant for the Kids and Canines program. This nonprofit serves “at risk” kids who work to raise and train therapy and companion dogs.