DogNostics Founder & President
Before following her passion into association management and nonprofit administration Niki Tudge enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business. Niki’s formal education and over 20 years of practical management, leadership and employee development experience allows her a uniquely effective perspective on the right way to develop and manage employees.
As choices of training methods increased, availability of quick-fix gimmicks popularized by TV grew and misleading ‘entertainment-based’ training techniques became generally accepted, Niki found that it was more and more confusing for the pet owner to understand and differentiate the true foundation and efficacy of dog training and pet care methods and philosophies available. Because of this, Niki saw a need for a member forum where pet professionals committed to force-free training methods could gather to support each other and provide a resource to the pet-owning public who need an understanding of the training and care methods used for their beloved companions. The Pet Professional Guild (the Guild) is Niki’s answer to this need.The Guild is dedicated to servicing force-free Pet Professionals and the pet-owning public who want to be confident that the resources they choose adhere to a consistent training and business philosophy and ethic.
The DogSmith has been featured in the following publications:
Published Articles on Dog Training, Dog Behavior Consulting & Business Coaching:
Training and Development, Business Leadership & Coaching Experience:
Academic & Industry Certifications
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
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.