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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 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 (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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