Our Speakers

Please note, speakers are being added and more will be announced soon! Many more tracks and speakers are pending! Please note speakers listed are subject to change.


Dr. Marty Becker

Bio and photo coming soon!


Brian BurtonBrian Burton

Brian Burton is the Co-Founder of Instinct Dog Behavior & Training LLC in New York, New York. He has worked with hundreds of owners and dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety issues. His primary role with Instinct is Behavior Consulting. Brian is currently working toward his MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. Brian grew up fearful of dogs but overcame his fear and found a lifelong passion through shelter and rescue group volunteer work. He owns a 1-year old rescue rat terrier mix, Joey, currently in training. Brian’s previous rat terrier mix, Sammy, CD, CGC, RAE2 finished as the top-ranking mixed breed in the 2013 and 2014 AKC Rally National Championships.


Linda Case

Linda Case is a dog trainer, canine nutritionist and science writer who lectures throughout the world about dog nutrition, training, behavior, and health. Linda’s academic training is as a canine nutritionist and trainer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and was a lecturer of companion animal science at the University of Illinois for 15 years. She also taught companion animal behavior and training at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Linda’s presentations to pet professionals focus on promoting the use of critical thinking skills and the scientific method when making important decisions for dogs’ nutritional well-being, training, and health. Linda owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in Mahomet, IL (www.autumngoldconsulting.com). She is the author of numerous publications and of seven books, including “Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices”, “Beware the Straw Man: The Science Dog Examines Dog Training Fact & Fiction”, and most recently “Only Have Eyes for You: Exploring Canine Research with The Science Dog.” Linda also writes the popular blog “The Science Dog” (http://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/). She and her husband Mike currently share their lives with three amazing dogs; Chip, Cooper, and Alice, plus Pete the formerly feral cat. In addition to training dogs and writing, Linda enjoys hiking, swimming, bird watching, yoga and gardening – all of which she happily shares with her dogs.


Steve DaleSteve Dale

Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant (CABC), has reached more pet owners over the past few decades than any other pet journalist in America.

He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on more than 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2005). He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago, and program host of Steve Dale’s Pet World (since 1997). He formerly hosted the nationally broadcast Animal Planet Radio.

For 21 years, his twice weekly newspaper column was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Steve was a contributing editor for USA Weekend (2002 to 2014), and regular columnist at Cat Fancy magazine (2006 to 2014). He has written for a long list of magazines, from People to Dog World (where he was a columnist).

He’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for CATster, and authors a column called Steve Dale’s Vet World for Veterinary Practice News. 

He also contributes blogs for various websites, including for Victoria Stilwell and the Pet Health Network.

On TV, he’s appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Geographic Explorer, Pets: Part of the Family (PBS), Fox News, various Animal Planet shows, and many others. For several years, Steve was a regular contributor to Superstation WGN-TV morning news, then appeared regularly on WMAQ-TV, Chicago. Currently, he’s a contributor to nationally syndicated HouseSmarts TV. Steve’s also a frequent host of satellite media tours.

In print, he’s been quoted in the Wall Street JournalUSA TodayLos Angeles TimesRedbook, various veterinary publications, and dozens more. He has also appeared as an expert guest on countless radio programs.

Steve co-edited Decoding Your Dog, written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Steve’s the author of ebooks, Good Dog! and Good Cat! (Chicago Tribune, 2013). He’s the author of several other books, including DogGone Chicago and American Zoos.

He’s written introductions or contributed chapters and forewords to many books, including Bonding With Your DogDog Spelled BackwardsThe Compassion of DogsRaising My Furry ChildrenChristmas Cats, and Angel Animals and the Kids Who Love Them.

Steve was an external reviewer for the 2005 Feline Behavior Guidelines (American Association of Feline Practitioners) and is a contributor to textbooks “The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management” (edited Dr. Susan Little, 2011) and “Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient” (edited Dr. Mary Gardner and Dr. Dani McVety, 2017).

He’s the primary author of the CATegorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s Number #1 Companion (reviewers include AVMA, SAWA), published American Humane Association/CATalyst Council, 2010). He co-authored (with Dr. Sagi Denenberg) the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislation (2014).

Steve is a founder of the CATalyst Council and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. After six years, in 2012, he cycled off the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association and served as a National Ambassador. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Tree House Humane Society, Chicago (2005 to 2016). He’s also on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation (2007 to present), American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (2016 to present). He’s an Advisory Board Member of Chicago Friends of Animal Care & Control (2013-present) and SPCA Puerto Vallarta (2016 to present).

Steve is also a part of an AVMA/AAHA initiative to encourage preventive veterinary care, called Partners for Health Pets.  In 2014, Steve co-founded Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills, and serves on the Board of Directors. Steve is on the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond National Advisory Board (2015 to present);  National Advisory Board Member Angel on a Leash (2005 to 2016); National Fear Free Advisory Board (2013 to present); Task Force on Feline Sterilization (2015-2017).

In Chicago, Steve created the Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety (2000-2010), where three-times proposed breed bans were over-turned and twice over-turned proposed mandated pediatric spay/neuter, as well as proposed pet limit laws. The Task Force also created guidelines for ‘doggy day care.’ As a pet advocate, Steve has testified many times against breed specific bans, pet limit laws, etc. in the Chicago area and elsewhere. Steve personally advised Illinois Governor Pat Quinn regarding pet-related issues.

Among Steve’s many awards, the AVMA Humane Award (the only AVMA honor bestowed to a non-veterinarian), Editor and Publisher syndicated newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award, HSUS Pets for Life Award, American Humane Association Media Award, American Pet Products Association Pet Industry Outstanding Media Representative of the Year, and has been honored with over 15 Maxwell’s Awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America and over 15 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers’ Association of America. He’s also been honored by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award, and many others.

In 2012, Steve became the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.

After his beloved cat Ricky passed away in 2002 of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Steve created a fund to raise money to research this often-fatal disease. He’s helped to raise over $150,000 – and as a direct result a genetic test was created to determine if a gene defect for HCM exists for two breeds.

Steve’s a regular speaker at veterinary and shelter conferences around the world, and for shelter fundraisers, and other special events. Steve’s presented at each of the major U.S. veterinary conferences (numerous times), and at state and regional meetings as well as at veterinary schools, and several times for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. He’s also spoken at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference (Sydney, Australia); Latin  American Veterinary Conference (Lima, Peru); Congreso Veterinario de Leon (Leon, Mexico); Caribbean Veterinary Conference (Sr. Kitts); and (via Skype) Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Veterinary Behaviour Chapter Science Week, Brisbane, Australia.

Steve’s persistence convinced the Chicago White Sox to allow dogs at a major league baseball game – today, ball parks around America have periodic “dog days” promotions. In 2004, he suggested Mercury Skyline Cruiseline create “The Canine Cruise,” a dog-friendly architecture cruise for dogs on Lake Michigan/Chicago River, also replicated in other cities.

Steve is also the host (since 2015) of a popular WGN Podcast, Steve Dale’s Other World (about topics generally unrelated to pets).

Two of Steve’s favorite honors: Commencement Speaker at Madison Square Garden for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2008), and appearing (in 2012) as 59 across in a TV Guide Crossword Puzzle (pet journalist Steve _ _ _ _).


Bob Deeds

Bob Deeds started in search and rescue with Search One Rescue Team in the early 90’s. Over the next ten years, Bob was called out on over one-hundred-fifty local searches. In 2000, Bob joined Texas–Task Force One, one of twenty-eight federal urban search and rescue teams that respond to federal disasters for FEMA, under Homeland Security. As a “Canine Search Specialist”, Bob certified two live find dogs and a human remains detection dog for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Bob deployed to over thirty state/federal deployments, including, but not limited to, The World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, the Moore OK Tornado, and the OSO WA Mudslide. During his career, Bob was also pre-deployed to several sporting events…Two World Series, Two Super Bowls, and he was part of a post terrorist response task force at the 2002 Olympics, near Salt Lake City.

With his K9 partner, Kinsey, he worked as an instructor with British USAR teams from “Her Majesty’s Royal Fire Service” …Their task was to show how USAR dogs are utilized in disaster environments at TEEX’s, “Disaster City” (located at Texas A&M). At “Disaster City”, Bob also taught a state level “Canine Search Specialist Course”. He also did numerous lectures on various aspects of SAR, for volunteer and professional handlers from all over the United States, and many foreign countries. Bob was a Lead Evaluator with FEMA, testing and certifying USAR teams for domestic and foreign deployment.

Bob retired from Texas – Task Force One, December 31, 2015. Ironically, his last deployment was close to home…The tornado response to Garland and Rowlett, Texas (neighboring cities outside of Dallas), tornados that hit the day after Christmas, just four days before his retirement.

Bob and his wife Karen own, and operate, “Canine Connection”, a boarding and training facility outside of Fort Worth, TX. Together, they have done numerous seminars dealing with behavior and training. Bob presents seminars focusing on various aspects of search and rescue…Most notably on directional control. He was a guest presenter and ran workshops on directional control at the 2013 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. Bob


Karen Deeds

Karen Deeds, is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is the co-owner of Canine Connection in Ft. Worth, TX with her husband, Bob Deeds, a retired Federal K9 Handler on Texas Task Force I. Karen started her business in 1994 after realizing the need for educating the public about dog training and behavior while volunteering for a local humane society. She worked in the Assistance Dog Field for 15 years and currently provides her expertise on behavior problems including fear, anxiety and aggression. She has consulted and worked with thousands of pet dog owners, various shelters and many rescue organizations, as well as has testified in dozens of court cases regarding dog bites. She currently teaches at two facilities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex focusing on Reactive Integration and Competitive Obedience and Rally. She also specializes in Puppy Problem prevention in the home and working with Reactivity and aggression cases.

Karen has presented seminars to the general public, rescue groups, animal control officers, at various dog training clubs, dog training facilities, and various shelters throughout Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee. She has presented at the Dallas, TX SPCA, Texas A&M Veterinary College Behavior Club, Texas Animal Control Association Conference (2016 & 2017) as well as the annual Texas Unites for Animals in 2017 . She is often called upon to help rescue groups make difficult decisions about behaviorally challenged dogs in their care.


Jessica DolceJessica Dolce

Jessica Dolce is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator via The Figley Institute and the Green Cross of Traumatology. She teaches compassion fatigue classes, both online and around the country, to help people who work with animals be well, while they do good work. With a background in pet care, communications, and animal welfare, Jessica brings more than a decade of experience working with and for companion animals to her classes. The author of The Official Guide to Living with DINOS, Jessica is currently earning her master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Southern Maine. Her resources, writings, and classes can be found at http://jessicadolce.com


Stephanie EdlundStephanie Edlund, CPBC

Stephanie Edlund, CPBC has worked with a myriad of different species from dogs and domestic cats to farm animals and exotics, in different settings such as zoos and vet clinics since she graduated as a zookeeper in 2009. Her main focus is on birds, and she has been in love with parrots in particular ever since she adopted her first parakeet at the tender age of eight. To date she is the only certified parrot behavior consultant in Scandinavia and she is also the chair person for the parrot division of the IAABC. She is currently studying biology at the university of Stockholm and is the consulting trainer for an educational free flight bird facility in Sweden, where she lives. She runs ’Understanding Parrots’ that offers online courses, articles and behavior consultations to parrot owners internationally via the internet. Through her small company ’Djursmart’ she also offers hands on classes, presentations and courses as well as private training and consulting services for parrot- and other pet owners, as well as professional animal caretakers in Sweden. When she’s not working or studying she spends as much time as possible attending classes and conferences to soak up everything she can on animal behavior. Her main area of interest is how we can apply the general principles of learning in practice to increase the wellfare of all learners, no matter the species.


Sarah FraserSarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser is the Co-Founder of Instinct Dog Behavior & Training LLC in New York, New York. She has worked with hundreds of owners and dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety issues. Her primary role with Instinct is Behavior Consulting. Sarah is currently working toward her MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. She has been volunteering at animal shelters for much of her life.

Sarah owns an 11 year old rescue pit bull, Buster, CD, CGC, RN; a 3 year old rescue American Bulldog mix, Mozeez, RN, CGC, who finished as the top-ranking mixed breed in the Novice category at the 2015 AKC Rally National Championship; and a newly rescued 2 year old pit bull mix, Will, currently in training.


Lore HaugLore Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC

Dr. Haug graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  She completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, she completed a Master’s Degree and residency program in animal behavior at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  She ran the Animal Behavior Service at Texas A&M from 2002-2007 and then move to Sugar Land, TX to begin a private referral practice.

Dr. Haug speaks frequently across the country at veterinary and animal behavior venues, with an emphasis on canine, feline, and equine behavior. Dr. Haug also has a special interest in neurobiology, behavior modification, and pharmacology. She has published articles in several veterinary journals and is a chapter author in several books.

She is currently the Immediate Past President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is a long standing member, and past Chair, of the ACVB Examination Committee.  Dr. Haug is also a certified consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.


Jill HourihanJill Hourihan

Jill Hourihan is the owner of several animal-related, service-based businesses in the Greater Boston area, including dog walking, training, and behavior services. Since 2006 and as a sole proprietor, Jill has been able to grow her operations into a portfolio of financially successful businesses with a staff of 40. These include The Pet Republic training facility, Metro Pets boutique and self wash facility, organizing, arranging and overseeing training and behavior private lessons and consults, and Running the Pack Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Service.

Known for her business acumen, Jill frequently mentors other animal-related, service-based businesses. Topics of specialty include: the buying and selling companies, negotiations, diversification, leveraging technologies and the creation of custom marketing strategies.

More than anything, Jill enjoys learning what her business clients of any size do and don’t enjoy, and how they can build upon each individual’s strengths to create the business they want.


Elinor KarlssonDr. Elinor Karlsson

Elinor Karlsson is an assistant professor in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the director of the Vertebrate Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She is excited by the potential for using our own evolutionary history to understand how the human genome works, and in how that knowledge can lead to advances in healthcare. By investigating evolutionary history using high throughput genomic tools, Elinor aims to identify genes, pathways, and functional variants underlying polygenic traits, including susceptibility to infectious diseases, like cholera and viral hemorrhagic fevers, as well as psychiatric disorders (using dogs as a model organism).

Elinor received her B.A. in biochemistry/cell biology from Rice University, and earned her Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University before starting the Karlsson Lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014.


Adria Karlsson

Adria Karlsson, MAT, EdS, is an Applied Behavior Analyst and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant working out of Cambridge, MA.  Her main focus professionally is on dogs and cats, but she finds the behavior of any species of animal, particularly humans, is endlessly fascinating. Her early professional training was in elementary education and working with dyslexic children.  When she adopted a dog, Beskow, with behavioral issues she soon became immersed in the world of dog training. As Beskow’s issues became more pronounced she began to seek out and meet with different trainers and consultants in New England. It soon became obvious that this was a new calling and through volunteering, assisting, and teaching at the MSPCA in Boston while completing a second masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons, she moved completely into the world of animal training.  Since then, she has continued to pursue further education through conferences, professional workshops (including getting to work with birds at Natural Encounters, Inc!), and courses (including Living and Learning with Animals and TagTeach). Currently she is working for herself through her business (Dog Willing), mentoring for the IAABC Principles and Practice course, collaborating with the Darwin’s Dogs project, and raising four young sons alongside her two dogs and two cats.


Chris LeeChris Lee

Chris Lee is Senior Director of Information Technology at Rikter Corporation, a web development and design company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his high-energy and engaging lecture style.

He leads organizational teams that are responsible for the strategy, development, implementation, and business partner support of web and software applications— from the corporate environment to the non-profit organization sector.

Originally a television editor for ABC Television, Inc., Chris has been a professional web developer for over 20 years. He brings a vast and diverse background of design creativity, usability, and digital media into the web application medium. He regularly works with application development, software development, cloud, Microsoft .NET Framework, video production and editing, database design, and electronic newsletter automation.

He also regularly serves as a technical consultant for clients looking to incorporate additional web and newsletter strategies into their online presence. Chris regularly conducts lectures at seminars around the world and advises corporations on adopting a standards-based architecture for their web applications.

When not developing web applications or lecturing, Chris oversees the IT operations of Rikter Corporation as well as several other technology companies, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and certificates in programming languages.

Chris resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, two children, and one amazing Shetland sheepdog.


Debbie Martin

Bio and photo coming soon!


Christopher PachelDr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his residency program.  He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010.

He is currently the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of an forthcoming book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.


Lynn SeibertDr. Lynn Seibert

Lynne Seibert BS, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVB received her DVM degree from the University of Tennessee. After 3 years in private veterinary practice, she completed Master’s and PhD degrees in neuroscience at the University of Georgia, with a focus on animal behavior and psychopharmacology. She completed a residency in behavior medicine at the University of Georgia leading to board-certification with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2001. She owned and operated a behavior referral practice in Seattle, Washington, and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and psychology faculty at Antioch University in Seattle during this time. She is currently involved in teaching veterinary students at Tuskegee University, and has taught veterinary behavior courses at 6 veterinary colleges. She is a past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and served two terms as secretary-treasurer on the ACVB Board of Regents. She has presented over 2,000 hours of behavior education in 37 states and 4 countries. She developed and presented the online content for the psychopharmacology chapter of the University of Florida, Shelter Medicine Course. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and is currently a senior veterinary technical consultant for Elanco Animal Health. She also operates a clinical behavior referral service at North Georgia Veterinary Specialists, north of Atlanta. Her interests include avian behavior, compulsive and related disorders, psychopharmacology, and helping veterinarians implement behavior programs in general practice.


Michael Shikashio, CDBC

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working with dog aggression cases through his business Complete Canines LLC. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC, is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College. Michael also offers mentoring and training to other professionals.

Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.
He is a featured speaker on the topic of canine aggression at conferences and seminars across the country, and he currently teaches courses through The Dog Trainers Connection and the IAABC.

Michael resides in Mystic, CT and enjoys coastal life with his wife, two boys, and three dogs.