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DogNostics Founder & President

Niki Tudge

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.

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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    DogNostics is the sister company to and provides the key education for DogSmith Licensed professionals. 

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