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Mark Plonsky, Ph.D.
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  • Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since 1985. Worked with rats in a laboratory context for 25 years, stumptailed macaques for 2 years, and assorted other species for lesser times. My online vita is available.
  • As part of my duties at the university, I teach classes in Canine Behavior as well as Psychology of Learning.
  • I handled my dog "Cree" for his co-starring role in the movie "Nonames" (2010).
  • Worked with Harcourt Direct (then it became Thomson Education Direct, then Penn Foster) as a Consultant and Subject Matter Expert in developing a correspondence course for Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructors (2000-2002). I developed a detailed outline of the curriculum, reviewed the work of writers (commissioned by the company) who created the "chapters" or study units in the curriculum.
  • Field Instructor/Presenter for PAWS With A Cause (training service & hearing dog/client teams) from 1995-2005.
  • Maintained a popular web site, which was a virtual library of information about dog training and behavior, from 1996-2006.
  • Shown and titled multiple dogs to advanced levels in performance events that have included AKC Obedience, NCDA and AKC Agility, and Schutzhund/IPO (a German form of training that involves tracking, obedience, and protection).
  • Have been teaching obedience and agility classes (currently at Camp Bandy's) since 1992.
  • Have kept a pair of German shepherd dogs: one male and one female, with one younger and one older since 1995.
  • I have given numorous presentations on topics related to dog behavior and training at schools, to charitable organizations, humane society staff, Police K9 handlers, etc.
  • Served as an expert witness/legal consultant on a number of occasions.
  • Began K9 Consulting in 1992.
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