Pat Miller’s education and experience make her uniquely qualified as an expert witness in cases involving canine behavior and training. During her 20-year career at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, she was a sworn Humane Officer and enforced animal protection and control laws of California and Marin, assisting with the investigation and prosecution of numerous cases and testifying in those cases. She also earned an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice at Santa Rosa Junior College.
In 1996 she left the Humane Society to launch Peaceable Paws, and pursue her education in dog behavior and training, becoming a leader in the force-free training field, and one of the first trainers in the country to obtain CPDT-KA and CBCC-KA certifications through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
She is past president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a member of The Pet Professional Guild, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers, the Tennessee Association of Positive Trainers, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, US and Australia. Her first book, The Power of Positive Dog Training, has been one of Amazon.com’s “Top Selling Dog Training Books” since 2001. She has since had six additional books published, most recently Beware of the Dog; Positive Solutions for Canine Aggression, published in 2017.
Miller is also the training editor for The Whole Dog Journal, and has written for them since 1999. She is highly regarded internationally as a trainer, behavior professional, author and seminar speaker, and conducts her own Peaceable Paws academies for dog trainers.
When she appeared in court as a Humane Officer in Marin, prosecutors remarked on her poise and presence on the stand, and her ability to articulate. In 2009, Miller was a key witness in the civil case Animal Rescue of Tidewater v. Loudon County, Virginia Animal Care and Control. Appearing on behalf of the defendant, her expert witness testimony was instrumental in the judge’s finding in favor of Loudon County.
Areas of Expertise:
- Dog Training and Behavior
- Dangerous Dog Ordinances
- Animal Control Ordinances
- Animal Cruelty
- Dog Bite Cases
- Dog Handling
- Training Methods and Equipment
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