Alfhild Winder, owner of Come When Called Dog Training, has been training dogs since 1996. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has earned a Counseling Certificate for behavior problems from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Academy for Dog Trainers, led by Jean Donaldson. She is a graduate of Bob Bailey’s Chicken Camp in Sequim, Washington. She has also completed the Growly Class program at the SF/SPCA Academy and conducts classes to rehabilitate dog-reactive dogs. She has run the three-level puppy training program at the Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital (OSSVH) since 2004 and teaches a basic obedience/good manners course for adolescent and older dogs. Al is an American Kennel Club-certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator and helped conduct the Canine Good Citizen test given at OSSVH. She pioneered a special class that teaches children how to train their dogs. In addition to the classes at OSSVH, she teaches courses at Your Dog’s Friend in Rockville, Md., gives private lessons in clients’ homes and counsels individuals on solutions for problem behaviors in their dogs.
Al is knowledgeable about a variety of dog training methods; however, she uses those that rely on scientifically proven learning theory and the principle that all dogs learn by association and consequence. She continually enhances her training skills and knowledge of canine behavior by attending seminars, training courses and conferences given by today’s top trainers, including Jean Donaldson, Susan Garrett, Leslie Nelson, Sue Sternberg, Kathy Sdao, Patricia McConnell, Pia Silvani, Suzanne Hetts, Pamela Reid and K9 nose work trainers Amy Herot and Jill Marie O’Brien.
Al is currently training Inka, her new German Shepherd puppy, with high hopes of preparing her for obedience competition and other dog sports, using purely positive training techniques.
Al participates in dog-related activities in the community. She has co-chaired the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Test for a number of years, judged at obedience matches and stewarded for obedience matches and trials. She maintains membership in the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Capital Dog Training Club and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Washington.