Virginia Broitman Dare
Virginia Dare is a nationally recognized clicker trainer who began her dog training career in 1981. Over the years her business, North Star Canines, has provided group and private training, and in-home behavior counseling where gentle and positive techniques are used for effective problem solving. She has also trained a number of Service Dogs, and is co-producer of the Bow Wow series of clicker training DVDs. Since Jan. 2007, Virginia has been Head Trainer for Pixie's Pen Pals, an organization that places shelter dogs with qualified inmates at prison facilities. Here the dogs receive training and behavior modification before being adopted to the public. Since 1998, Virginia has presented training workshops around the US and overseas, and was a faculty member of ClickerExpo for six years. She was also a contributing writer for the curriculum of Karen Pryor's Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, and has written training articles for numerous publications. Virginia's dogs have participated in pet therapy visits, agility, herding, and TV/advertising work. The current menagerie includes a shepherd, papillon, sheltie mix, two min pins, and four rats.