Dr. Camille Ward is the President and founder of About Dogs LLC, where she specializes in behavioral consultations and pet dog training. 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 research focuses on dog-to-dog communication, cognition, and applied animal behavior. She keeps current with the scientific literature on animal learning and behavior so that the methods she recommends to her clients are based on the latest scientific findings. 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 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. Dr. Ward competes in the dog sport of agility with Desi.