Who are you, Carrie Brophil?

By Michele Forto

We are members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and they have one of the best dog training journals around, especially for us in the canine training industry, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog. Each month in their highly acclaimed magazine, they have a member profile edited by Nicole Wilde.  While we haven’t been privy to be showcased in this column yet, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase each one of our trainers over the next few weeks so that you can get to know us and what we are about

This week I will be interviewing Carrie Brophil

Let’s get to know Carrie

My name is Carrie Ann Brophil and I am a dog trainer and a wildlife biologist. Training dogs has always come naturally to me and I started studying and training dogs when I was young. Over the years, I have worked with many dog breeds and a huge array of issues. I started training dogs for other people 31 years ago and have been doing so professionally for about 20. I hold three degrees in wildlife biology and have worked with wild and feral dog management as well as natural resource management. My schooling includes formal education in animal behavior and not only have I trained dogs, but have worked with training black bears, cougars, lions, grey wolves, camels, ibex, meerkats, lemurs, and wallabies.

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Continuing education in the canine field is important to me in this changing field. I try to keep up on current information and training techniques. I have trained dogs in many states before coming to Alaska, and have worked with many organizations, rescues, police departments, and state and tribal organizations. For a short while, I was running animal control for an area in North Dakota and worked with the local rescue to capture feral dogs.
Part of this work included assessing the dogs for placement in their forever homes. I am also a foster failure, with two of my dogs coming from animal control– a heeler mix, and a vizsla mix. The rest of my “pack” consists of an elderly cockapoo, two cats, two kids under three, and a husband.