Barbara Handelman is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook. This book grew out of Barbara’s close relationships with her dogs Moon, Luca, and Pan who filled her days with opportunities to observe the fascinating variety of canine behavior. With her book Barbara offers readers, devoted to dogs, a colorful tapestry of interwoven words and woofs.
Over the past twenty years, Barbara has selected service dog candidates for herself, clients, and friends. It has been both a personal and professional roller coaster ride. Since 2005, Barbara has had seven service dog partners she selected and trained for herself with varying degrees of success.
Barbara is also the creator of the 4 DVD set – Clicker Train Your Own Assistance Dog which has been available for over 10 years. It remains the only resource of it depth and breadth for owner-trainers wanting to use clicker training to train their own service dogs.
Barbara has been a Clinical Mental Health Counselor for almost fifty years. Early in her career, her work focused on relationship therapy with non-verbal children. In that context, Barbara became a careful observer of human body language. Studying the ways dogs and horses use their bodies to communicate became a natural extension of her work with children. She has retired from her work as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant specializing in clicker training assistance dogs for people with disabilities. For the last thirty years Barbara has had a second career as a professional photographer, using her camera to capture the moods and movements of people, horses, and dogs.
Barbara was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, and the University of New Hampshire where she taught for many years. Currently, she teaches an on-line course: Understanding Canine Behavior. She was the originator and first moderater of the lecture series on Ethology and Canine Behavior. Both the course and the lecture seires are offered under the auspices of www.e-trainingfordogs.com.
Currently, Barbara’s animal training energies are divided between her personal therapy horse, EZ, her assistance dog Nate and her assistance dog in training, Piper. Nate is a career change dog from the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, who came into Barbara’s life after the deaths of both Luca and Pan in 2009.
Also Guest Lecturer –
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Keeping Dogs Safe During Dog to Dog Encounters
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Enhancing the Lives of Stabled Horses
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Selecting A Service Dog Candidate: A Personal Journey From a Professional Perspective
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Pet Transports – The Pluses and the Perils