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 currently teaches a seminar called Dog Cognition, Behavior and Welfare in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan where she is on the faculty. Her current research focuses on dog-to-dog communication and applied animal behavior. She keeps current with the scientific literature on dog training 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, and she is currently working on a Puppy Training Handbook.
Dr. Ward received her certification through the 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 "owned" by a German Shepherd, Sage, whom she has competed with in the dog sport agility. She and her husband also have a rescue Doberman, Jimmy, and they recently added a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Desi, and a Doberman, Iris, to their pack.
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After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary Waiting for Guffman, actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Salesman Gerry Fleck (Eugene Levy), who is cursed with two left feet (literally), and his wife Cookie (Catherine O’Hara) have entered their Norwich terrier “Winky” in competition. Wealthy and neurotic Meg Swan (Parker Posey) and her husband Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock) are on hand with their Weimaraner “Beatrice,” who they fear may have been traumatized by watching them have sex. Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins) and his life partner Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean) have brought their beloved Shih Tzu, “Miss Agnes.” Trophy wife Sherri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) and her close friend and trainer Christy Cummings (Jane Lynch) are hoping for a repeat victory for Sheri’s poodle, “Rhapsody In White.” And Harlan Pepper (Guest), who operates a store specializing in fly-fishing gear, has decided to stack his bloodhound “Hubert” up against the competition. In addition to Guest, Levy, O’Hara, and Posey, several other veterans of the Waiting for Guffman cast also appear in Best in Show, including Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Lewis Arquette.