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- Wonder Dog University

Owner, Training Geek

C.C. Bourgeois is a professional dog trainer and owner of Wonder Dog University (WDU), based in Charleston, South Carolina. WDU provides online and in-person training and support for all puppy stages and the prevention and modification of anxiety, fear and aggressive behaviors in dogs.

WDU's goal is to make the learning process simple, engaging and in line with your real life and today's Modern, Force-Free Training. C.C. takes her many years of animal behavior study and work with thousands of dogs to make training understandable and practical for owners. Focused on understanding the dog's perspective and the guardian's needs, C.C. shows you how to deliver training that both you and your dogs can grasp instantly.

C.C. has over 20 years experience, including developing and leading programs as the Behavior & Training Manager at Charleston Animal Society shelter. Through WDU, C.C. brings an ease to the learning process, making it simple, engaging and fun while adhering to the latest concrete science of how animals learn.

"I love to nurture relationships and build communication between pets and people. I get so excited when dogs or their people have a breakthrough moment!"

As one of Charleston’s most sought after expert speakers and evaluators in dog behavior, C.C. and her team provide training for shelters and rescues, veterinarians, groomers, daycares and even fellow trainers, Wonder Dog University is a valued resource for behavior solutions.

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C.C. has earned several highly regarded professional dog training certifications from some of the world's most respected, leading experts. She has also aligned herself with professional dog training associations that reflect her belief in continuing education and a high standard of care.

CERTIFICATIONS

CSAT Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
Earning this designation, gives her the highest qualification available to treat the heart-breaking disorder of Separation Anxiety. Only a small number of highly experienced trainers are accepted into this program each year. Upon completion, C.C. was also honored to be selected by her mentor, Malena DeMartini, as one of her Trainer Staff Members.

CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
This designation is provided by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. As a nationally recognized organization, not affiliated with any school or organization, CCPDT establishes and maintains a recognized standard of proficiency in the industry, setting the criteria in continuing education, standardized testing and assessment, and work experience. They provide the only psychometrically sound, NCCA accredited, legally defensible credentialing examinations available to dog trainers. 

PMCT Certification - Pat Miller Certified Trainer
Pat Miller's academies of study are internationally acclaimed. To earn this honor, C.C. completed three intensive, six day academies. Each course is taught entirely by world renowned author and trainer, Pat Miller. They included passing strict written and practical exams for certification in Canine Behavior & Training, the Instructor’s Course and the distinguished Behavior Modification class. C.C. is proud to also call Pat a guide and mentor.

Certified CGC Evaluator - Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Approved to conduct CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy tests according to the American Kennel Club developed criteria. The tests' standards ensure that a pet dog has been trained to be well behaved in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. Owners may choose to train with Wonder Dog University or elsewhere in preparation for testing through Wonder Dog University.

ASSOCIATIONS

A Professional Members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.

Training Coordinator, Unicorn

Christine Baker is C.C.’s right hand woman at Wonder Dog University. They were fortunate enough to cross paths through sheltering and animal welfare, when Christine worked in the Behavior Department at Charleston Animal Society, a team formerly led by C.C.!

As Training Coordinator, Christine acts as administrative lead under C.C., while also helping clients as both her training assistant and an independent instructor. Christine teaches clients via private consults and group classes, covering topics ranging from puppy socialization to reactivity and aggression.

She also runs her own training company based in Charleston, SC, known as Bright Mind Canine Services. Christine brings her depth of behavioral knowledge and skills to a variety of programs aimed at meeting your pets’ needs, including everything from walks and enrichment, to in-home training lessons, to caring for pets while clients are away.

Her free time is spent enjoying the Lowcountry with (you guessed it!) her two foster-fail dogs, Faith and Lydia - her greatest teachers and favorite learners!

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Media & Print

As a guest on local Lowcountry Live tv show, local radio and the behavior voice for Charleston Animal Society as their Behavior and Training Manager, C.C. has guided the community on dog welfare. Featured in nationally published, Whole Dog Journal, and a regular contributor to local, Carolina Tails and BEAU magazines, her articles are widely shared and referenced.

As the Behavior and Training Manager at Charleston Animal Society, she implemented the first standardized training and enrichment programs, training staff and volunteers to raise the animals' quality of life while in their care and prepare dogs and cats for their new homes.

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