My name is Pat Miller. I am the owner of Peaceable Paws (training, writing, and consulting) and trainer for Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training. We offer various types of training, but our primary focus is family dog training. We use only gentle, dog- and owner-friendly training methods based on the modern, scientific principles of operant conditioning.
Prior to starting my own business five years ago, I worked for the Marin Humane Society for twenty years: eighteen years as a humane officer, and the last ten also as director of operations.
I am also a writer. I write two or three articles a month for the Whole Dog Journal, and I am a regular writer for, among others, the Whole Cat Journal, the Whole Horse Journal, and Tuft’s University’s Your Dog and Catnip. I also have a book, Positive Dog Training (2001).
I was born in 1951 in Springfield, Illinois. I enjoy spending time with my husband Paul, and our four-footed kids: four dogs (Josie, Tucker, Dusty, and Katie), two cats (Jackson and Gewürztraminer), and our horse, Rafiki. I also enjoy reading, bird-watching, photography, hiking, and gardening (when I have time … !).
I have loved animals ever since I was a small child. I always wanted to be a veterinarian (until teenage rebellion and Organic Chemistry put my college career on hold until I matured and returned to school, first to get my Associate degree in Administration of Justice in the early