About Joanne Murphy, CTC, CPDT
CTC – Certified Trainer & Certified Behavior Counselor
CPDT – Certified Pet Dog Trainer

Professional Background
Joanne Murphy has earned two national certifications for dog training and dog behavior counseling. These certifications require hundreds of hours of training experience, an in-depth knowledge of animal behavior, animal husbandry, animal learning theory, and behavior modification techniques & philosophies. Both practical and written exams are a requirement for certification.

Joanne specializes in behavior modification training and management for severe behavior problems such as aggression, fear, and separation anxiety. In addition, Joanne handles all types of dog training from puppy misbehaviors to leash manners, and provides guidance in all levels of training for obedience and performance sports.

Certifications & Memberships:

  • Certified Trainer & Behavior Counselor (CTC). March 2003 graduate of the behavior certification program at the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, directed by Jean Donaldson.
  • Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT). Certification acquired from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) in March 2006.
  • Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
  • Certified in canine CPR and emergency
    first aid.
  • Certified by United Animal Nations in emergency disaster animal rescue.

Joanne lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Tim and their three dogs, Reilly, Jackson, and Miles. Joanne’s dogs keep her busy with their activities of retrieving, Pet Therapy, and tracking.

Dog Dynamics serves the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill & surrounding suburbs. For dog owners in need of assistance outside of Joanne’s travel area, the possibility of phone consultations and guidance are available.

Joanne has been active in many facets of dog training over the years. Here are some of her activities and accomplishments.

Shelter Work
She has worked with multiple Humane Societies in different parts of the country both as a volunteer caregiver for the shelter dogs, and as a professional trainer resolving behavior issues.

Pet Therapy
Pet Therapy programs have been an important part of Joanne’s personal repertoire. She has worked in Pet Therapy programs through shelters as well as training one of her own dogs to be a Certified Pet Therapy animal.

Guide Dogs
The team partnership between a blind person and a guide dog has always pulled at Joanne’s heartstrings. She was determined to make a contribution to this cause. She became a foster raiser and trainer for guide dog puppies while living in Upstate New York.

Competition Dog Sports
Joanne’s ownership of Labrador Retrievers for the last 24 years led her to becoming a Field Trial competitor. One of her proudest moments in this arena was taking 1 st place in her very first Field Trial competition, as the only female competitor among 42 man/dog teams. She accomplished this with her yellow Lab named Charlie who was trained with positive techniques rather than with the harsh corrections and shock collars employed by most other trainers in this sport. Joanne holds multiple titles in the Field Trial competition arena.

Animal Rescuer
Joanne is a trained animal rescuer with the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) division of United Animal Nations. EARS volunteers are deployed to disaster areas to rescue and care for stranded animals. Joanne’s last deployment was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.