Dr. Camille Ward is the President and founder of About Dogs LLC, where she specializes in consultations for the prevention, modification, and management of canine behavior problems.  Her philosophy stresses relationship building and working from the dog’s point of view.

Dr. Ward received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan studying cognition and the development of social behavior in domestic dogs. Before that, Dr. Ward’s Master’s Degree focused on how American crows tradeoff the conflicting demands of finding food and avoiding predators. In addition to her work on dogs and crows, she also conducted behavioral studies on primates and fish.

Dr. Ward has lectured nationally and internationally at scientific and dog training conferences on dog behavior. She has published on animal behavior in a variety of scientific journals, and her work has been featured on MSNBC, in Cosmopolitan magazine, and in The Bark. Dr. Ward has taught animal behavior and she designed and taught a seminar called Dog Cognition, Behavior and Welfare in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her current interests focus on dog-to-dog communication, cognition, and applied animal behavior.  Dr. Ward is the author of the book Relationship Training for a Well-Behaved Dog.

Dr. Ward received her certification through the prestigious Animal Behavior Society as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB). The process to achieve certification is selective and rigorous, and it represents the highest achievement available to an academically trained Applied Animal Behaviorist.

Dr. Ward is on the Advisory Group of Dr. Marty Becker’s Fear Free Initiative, where the emphasis is on the  emotional well-being of the dog during veterinary visits, grooming procedures, when working with trainers, and more.

She also is an Animal Behaviorist for the ASPCA, working with other professionals on the behavioral rehabilitation of dogs rescued from fighting, hoarding, puppy mills, and other forms of abuse.

Dr. Ward is “owned” by a rescue Doberman, Jimmy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Desi, and a Doberman, Iris.  

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ward’s Dissertation: Cognition and Social Cognition in the Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris). 2007. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI