Linda Kender, CPDT-KSA
Linda's passion for dogs has been lifelong. As a young child she taught her (very) mixed breed dog Speckles how to sit, lie down, jump through a hoop, sit pretty and play dead through the use of kindness, a sense of kinship, fun and the occasional dog treat.
Linda received her CPDT-KA certification as a professional dog trainer from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in September of 2003 and went on to pass the prestigious CPDT-KSA certification test in 2012. (There are currently less than 150 CPDT-KSAs worldwide.) Linda is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), The Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and the Pet Professional Guild.
She became a Therapy Dog Evaluator for the Delta Society (later Pet Partners) in 1999. She is currently a Therapy Dog Evaluator for Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs and strongly believes in partnership as the essential bond between people and their canine companions. Her current therapy dog is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Jackson.
Linda has been teaching dog training classes since 1998 and started Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary & Hospital's obedience dog training program in 1999. She is currently a mentor trainer for The Animal Behavior College and works with new trainers to complete their externships.
With over 40 years experience with American Pit Bull Terriers, she has owned and trained three who were Delta Society Pet P artners Therapy Dogs. Her American Pit Bull Terrier "MangoMaddy" was the first of her breed to be registered as a therapy dog in Florida by the Delta Society in 1998.
Recognizing the importance of well socialized dogs trained with basic good manners, Linda has been an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for more than twenty years.
Linda currently shares her home with two dogs including a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a rescue Belgian Tervuren Mix.
Professional Associations & Affiliations
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Pet Professional Guild
American Kennel Club CGC & Temperament Test Evaluator
Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs
The Jupiter Tequesta Dog Club
Sunshine On A Leash Therapy Dog Group