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Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas

Meet Our Trainer and Behavior Expert – Linda Thomas, LVT, CPDT

  • Friends Staff Trainer & Behavior Evaluator
  • Approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator to certify dogs for the CGC title
  • Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Contact Linda at lthomas@dearbornanimals.org

Linda Thomas graduated on the dean’s list and at the top of her class from Wayne County Community College in 1983 with an associate’s of science for veterinary technology. She started her career at the Huron Valley Humane Society (HVHS) sterilization clinic and quickly became the adoption coordinator, helping match animals with new families to find permanent homes. At the same time she took her first training class and became interested in training and animal behavior. This led to offering free pet-parenting classes at HVHS and at other humane society’s as well.

In 1995, Linda attended her first Association of Pet Dog Trainers seminar with other colleagues. At this seminar the idea of a behavior department for the Michigan Humane Society was developed. Linda became a member of the planning committee, creating the mission statement, class names, and helping with the class content—even creating and implementing classes on her own. She quickly became head of the satellite training facility while still working as a licensed veterinary technician.

Linda has attended seminars on feline and canine behavior and training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine  in Ithaca, New York; Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Illinois. She became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 2003. She has written numerous papers and provided in-depth presentations on feline/canine behavior for the Southeastern Veterinary Medical Association. Linda is a lifetime member of the North American Veterinary Technician Association, Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, and Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

In 2007, Linda started her career at Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter and as you can see, we are very happy to have her on our team.  Linda has two dogs and one cat.

Linda is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT),  a professional organization of individual dog trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. The APDT offers individual pet-dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world. We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog-friendly training techniques. More about the APDT

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