Terry Long, CPDT-KA, founded Long Beach-based DogPACT Training & Behavior Services in 1996, turning a lifelong fascination with dogs and the study of animal behavior into a new career. Terry’s areas of expertise include behavior modification and competition agility training.
Terry’s introduction to agility was in 1992 when she was looking for a “confidence building” avenue for her dog, Buster. Since then, Terry has competed with five different dogs in several venues: USDAA, CPE, NADAC, ASCA, and AKC. Two of her dogs hold the coveted USDAA Agility Dog Championship Title (ADCH), and she has qualified for the USDAA national competition several times with two different dogs.
Terry’s popular agility classes leverage an integrated understanding of canine behavior, classical and operant conditioning, canine motivation, and agility handling for competition teams. Terry is an upbeat, and yet demanding instructor, inspiring her students to reach higher and higher in their training. She derives a great deal of professional and personal satisfaction from seeing her students have fun while competing at all levels of the sport in many competitive venues.
Terry is also an award-winning writer, serving as the former managing editor of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ Chronicle of the Dog, an educational publication for trainers worldwide. In 2006 her article for The Chronicle, “Shape for Confidence,” won a 1st-place Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). It told the story of how trick training helped a fearful dog overcome her fears in a successful quest for confidence in the world. Terry has twice won the APDT’s annual writing contest and for four years penned Dog World magazine’s “About Agility” column, nominated for Best Magazine Column of 2006 by the DWAA. Dog World’s November 2010 issue featured her article, “Stress Travels Down the Lead,” which addressed how choices in training techniques can follow you – for good or bad – into the competition ring. Terry’s love of dog sports is also reflected in a 16-article series for the Whole Dog Journal which compared a variety of dog sports, including agility, herding, obedience, rally, musical freestyle, and nosework.
Terry is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, is a nationally certified trainer (CPDT-KA), and holds a B.S. degree in business.