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DogNostics Founder & President

Niki Tudge - M.B.A, PCBC-A, CABC, CDBC

DogNostics Career Center was originally developed as the educational arm for The DogSmith. The DogSmith is the unrivaled Dog Training, Dog Walking & Pet Care Licensing company in the United States. Established by Niki Tudge, a Certified Dog Trainer and Dog Behavior Consultant with extensive corporate experience in Executive Management, Leadership, People Training Skills and Customer Service.

Niki is also the Founder of The Pet Professional Guild, the only force-free pet professional association in the United States and DogNostics Career Center the educational arm of The DogSmith system. In 2015 Niki was also appointed as the President for Doggone Safe, a non profit organization advocating for dog bite safety.

Niki has combined her “people” teaching and dog training skills with her commitment to animal rescue and substantial business knowledge to create a proprietary system of education known as ARRF® supported by an operational implementation process called MTR®.

Niki is equipped with a unique combination of business experience, dog training and dog behavior expertise, a background in exceptional customer service, certification as a trainer of trainers and many years consulting to animal rescue groups. She has combined these essential skills and experience to create an unrivaled business opportunity that is designed to provide pet owners with the absolutely most effective method to train and care for their pets while giving back to the community in real and measurable ways while providing a dream life for DogSmith business owners and educational opportunities now available to the public through DogNostics with its selection of fabulous programs supported by  highly experienced and dedicated faculty members. 

Listen to an interview with Niki hosted by the Animal Training Academy. Click here 

Current Positions


Current Positions:

  • Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc
  • Founder & President The Pet Professional Guild
  • Founder DogNostics Career College
  • President Doggone Safe
  • President Pet Professional Accreditation Board

The DogSmith has been featured in the following publications:

  • Walton Sun newspaper, Sept 2007
  • Panama City News Herald Newspaper June 2007
  • New York Times Newspaper September 2006
  • The Niceville Advertiser June 2007
  • West Hawaii Today October 2002
  • Coastal Style Magazine 2007
  • 850 Business Magazine 2008

Published Articles on Dog Training, Dog Behavior Consulting & Business Coaching:

  • Barks From The Guild - Industry Trade Magazine for the Pet Professional Guild
  • Monthly Pet column Walton Sun Freedom Link Newspaper
  • Coastal Style Magazine, regular contributor, Pet Column
  • Walton Sun, Pet Column Dog Talk
  • Coastal Pets Contributor
  • CARE Community Animal Rescue Publication
  • Pet Butler Newsletter Monthly
  • Bay Families with Dogs Website
  • Alaqua Animal Refuge publication
  • Expert Author Ezine
  • New Barker Magazine
  • Southern Child Magazine             

    Training and Development, Business Leadership & Coaching Experience:

    • Florida, 2005 to 2007 - Regional Training Director for a collection of  Luxury Hotels & Resorts.
    • Hawaii, 2000 to 2002 - and Director of Six-Sigma. Multi-million dollar project management for a leading fortune 500 company
    • Hawaii, 2003 to 2005 -  Director of Operations for a Five Diamond Resort
    • The Caribbean, 1990 Regional Training Consultant at Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados, Pegasus Jamaica, Forte Hotel Guyana, and Forte Grand Hotel Egypt.
    • Southern Africa,1999 Business Consultant and Project Manager, Travel Industry and Game Reserves, Gauteng, South Africa and Nigeria.
    • The Middle East 1994 Business & Management Training Consultant in Cairo, Jordan, Cyprus & Abu Dhabi.

    Academic & Industry Certifications

    Academic Qualifications

    MBA - Oxford Brookes University 2004

    Certified Project Facilitator - Acuity Institute

    Six Sigma Black Belt Certified

    Six Sigma Project Manager

    Pet Professional Accreditation Board

    Professional Canine Behavior Consultant – Accredited

     Animal Sciences Institute 
    Diploma of Animal Behavior Science and Technology (Dip ABST) with distinction
     Diploma of Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting (Dip DTBC) with distinction

    Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
    Certified Animal Behavior Technologist (CABT)
    Certified Dog Behavior Technologist (CDBT)
    Certified Dog Trainer (CDT)

    Fear Free Certified Professional

    Sample Testimonial 

    Anne Springer, B.A., PCT-A, CTDI, CAPCT, VA

    Owner, Paws for Praise & Founder, Dog Behavior Daily

    Niki is the driving force behind the Pet Professional Guild. Her vision is helping to promote force free training among professionals in all aspects of pet care, as well as among pet owners, who can join as supporting members. She is a business savvy, dedicated and competent professional who is working every day toward a world in which no one has to use fear or pain to train a canine companion. I am incredibly proud to be her colleague and to have been asked to contribute to this effort. I highly recommend her, both as a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, and as an advocate for the welfare of dogs.

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