Molly Sumridge (Sumner) is the owner and founder of Kindred Companions LLC. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She has a deep passion for the human animal bond. It is her vision to make dog training a life changing experience for dog and owner alike.
Molly shares her home with her primitive dogs, who she trains for competition obedience, rally, lure coursing, barn hunt, and animal assisted activities. On July 14th 2013 Molly became the first person to put a competition title on a New Guinea Singing Dog.
Though she has been training dogs for well over a decade, Molly is constantly increasing her education. She attends multiple seminars every year to stay up to date on current methods, equipment and the trade in general. Since starting her career, Molly has earned the following ceritifcations; CDBC (Certifed Dog Behavior Consultant) CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed), CWRI (Certified Whistle Recall Instructor), CBATI (Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor), CDBC (Certified Dog Behavior Consultant).
July 10th 2015 Molly was appointed to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, where she helps shape the profession of animal behavior consulting and it's relationship with the veterinary field. Finally in 2016 Molly earned the certification of Compassion Fatigue Educator and works with pet professionals struggling with the occupational hazard known as Compassion Fatigue. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Evaluator. Molly Fall 2017 begins her Master's Degree in Anthrozoology.
Molly is located in Frenchtown, New Jersey and is available for Dog Training, Behavioral Counseling, Therapy Dog Training, Competition Training, and CGC/Therapy Dog Testing. She is available for training sessions in the New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania area.
If you are interested in hiring Molly to help train your pets, please contact us.
Molly's Certifications, Memberships, & Affiliations:
- Certified Dog Behavioral Consultant (CDBC)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)
- Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI)
- Certified Whistle Recall Instructor (CWRI)
- Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
- AKC CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Evaluator
- Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Therapy Dog Evaluator
- Board Member for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
- Dog and Handler Team with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs
- Former Dog and Handler Team with Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs
- Former President for the Frenchtown Business and Professionals Association
- Former President of the Shiba Club of Greater New York
- Former Animal Welfare Director and Behavioral Rehabilitator for NYC Shiba Rescue
- member and former member of Board of Directors of the National Shiba Club of America
- member of the National Shiba Club of America Companion Events Committee
- member of the National Shiba Club of America Health Committee
- member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
- member of the Animal Behavior Society
- member of the Animals and Society Institute
- blogger and contributor for Barkpost
- Innisfree Mashigura of Kihaku BN, CD, ASCA-CD, CD-C, CDX-C, GN, RE, RL1-AOE, RL2-AOE, ITD, RATI, RATN, CGC, All Star Team 2010 & 2012, - "Mashi"
- Nozomi Kihaku Tsuki No Usagi - RLP-AOE, RLPX, RL1-AOE, "Saga"
- Niji's Queen of the Dragons RN, THD, RATI, RATN, CGCU, All Star Team 2012, - "Saphira"
- Kihaku's Poetry in Motion RLV-AOE, CA, CGC, - "Haiku"
- Kihaku Spice Up My Life NYCSR RATI, CGC, - "Ginger"
- ARCH Kihaku's Follow Your Heart RL1-AOE, RL2-AOE, CGCU, All Star Team 2014, - "Tracker" (Australian Cattle Dog Mix)
- Kihaku's Road Less Traveled RLP, RLPX, RL1, TOT Birch, RATI, RATN, CGCA, All Star Team 2014, - "Journey" (New Guinea Singing Dog)
Seminars & Conferences
IAABC 2016 Conference
April 9th & 10th 2016
Wolf Park - Ken McCort: Biology and Behavior of Dogs and Wolves
(including hands on training with Wolves, Foxes, and Coyotes)
July 24-26, 2015
Battle Ground IN
Fenzi Dog Sports Conference - "Ferretpalooza"
May 29-June 1 2015
Living and Learning with Animals:
The Science Behind Training - Application for Best Outcomes
Dr. Susan Friedman
October 18th 2014
October 15-18. 2014
March 28-30, 2014
The Human Half of Dog Training: Building Skills to Enhance Your Training Effectiveness
Rise Van Fleet
November 9-10, 2013
5-day "BAT Instructor's Course for Dog Reactivity"
April 24-28, 2013
Training the Whistle Recall Curriculum
July 7, 2012
Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems
(From Aggression to Common Everyday Issues)
April 21 & 22, 2012
Accord, New York
Muscles Over Mind
February 11, 2012
Online Courses and Webinars
IAABC Animal Behavior Consulting Principles & Practice Course
Resource Guarding Between Animals:
Causes and Remedies
January 7th 2015
Behavioral Effects of Spaying and Neutering
Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
October 5th, 2014
November 2013 - June 2014
Recallers 4.0 “5 Minute Formula for a Brilliant Recall”
March 2013 - October 2013
Dingoes, the ‘missing link’ between wolves and domestic dogs?
Speaker: Dr. Bradley Smith
February 6, 2013
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
BT105: I Can Do It -Empowered Puppy Raising
FE110: Raising a Performance Puppy
FE120: Performance Fundamentals
NW101: Introduction to Nosework (2013-04-01)
NW120: Introduction to NW Search Elements (2013-06-01)
NW130: Developing Advanced Nosework Skills (2013-08-01)
NW140: Nosework Challenges and Skill Building
OB300: Heeling Games
OB520: Sensational Stays
OB580: Articles from the Ground Up
OB590: Stand With Me
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