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Valerie Potratz, CPDT-KA
Valerie has been a member of this training team since 1998. Her formal educational background is from Canisius College, where she earned a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Animal Behavior. A dedication to continuing education in the field of dog training led her in 2007 to undergo the testing to become a certified pet dog trainer. For more than ten years she has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the American Bullmastiff Association.
Valerie's personal passion with dogs has focused on traveling across the country competing in obedience and conformation shows as a breeder, owner and handler of her champion Bullmastiffs. During this time she has earned multiple obedience and conformation titles and even an award at the Westminster dog show, however she is most proud of the work she has done fostering and rehoming Bullmastiffs as a part of the national club's rescue program.
Currently, Valerie shares her home with four Bullmastiffs (Dharma, Dory, Pink, and Hippo), one mixed breed named Duncan, and the real leaders, the three cats Shannon, Chelsea, and Whiskey!