Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through AABP (AABP-CDBC), Clicker Assessment Protocol level 2 (CAP2) and Certified K 9 Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI)

Ann Waterbury, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CAP2, CNWI has in excess of 15 years of professional commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals in addition to her personal lifelong passion to the well-being of companion animals. Her work stands alone throughout the Tampa Bay area for science based expertise on canine and feline behavior including dog training using applied behavior analysis with a particular niche for reactive/fearful dogs. She is sought out to provide professional mentoring/instruction to developing/new canine behavior professionals within her New Dawn curriculum. Her primary impetus to this path was a drivey, energetic, demanding and brilliant Border collie mix (aka Oreo) that she contemplated to be potentially smarter than herself.

Her educational background besides a BS degree from East Carolina University along with: a three year program at Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) for Advanced Canine Behavioral Sciences; Living and Learning with Animals-The Fundamental Principles and Procedures for Teaching and Learning (foundation for my philosophy in behavior analysis) taught by her mentor, Susan G Friedman, Ph.D. Professor emeritus, Utah State University; course work with the University of North Texas graduate school of behavior analysis and Contemporary Animal Training intensive at Natural Encounters in Winter Haven, Florida also facilitated by Susan Friedman, Ph.D.

Ann has amplified her canine professional experience in private individual, group class, veterinarian staff/ animal rescue seminars and shelter handler/ adopter instruction with K9 Nose Work® earning the Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) status. In K9 Nose Work® classes dogs get to fine tune their scenting skills while burning mental and physical energy. This work has been incorporated into her approach with reactive and anxious dogs to help address the root cause of presenting issues for many dogs. Dogs are brilliant problem solvers and K9 Nose Work ® gives them an outlet for their talents.

She is a member of Pet Professional Guild, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a professional member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. Her accomplishments include: AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and level 2 of Clicker Assessment Protocol. She distinguished herself on the steering committee for the United States Disc Dog Nationals where she was focused on the importance of safety for canine athletes. She currently serves as a certifying official for NACSW(National Association of Canine Scent Work) sponsored events.

She shares her world with Rusty, a handsome red border collie from a rescue. Rusty is a Canine Good Citizen, an active K9 Nose Work dog and a retired competitive disc dog. Rusty took her to the USDDN World Finals twice! Rusty passed his ORT in K9 Nose Work and earned his NW1 Title in 2014 at the age of 14. Rusty and Ann has been joined by O’Riley, a red border collie from a rescue. O’Riley has passed his ORT and looks forward to his K9 Nose Work career. An outrageous black cat grants Rusty, O’Riley and Ann audience at home.

Simply put, her training is all about trust and relationships….



​Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals.


Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer (ABCDT), Certified K9 Nose Work Instructor®, Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

I have always had a deep love for animals. I am the youngest of three children, the first to talk my parents into getting a family dog, beginning a lasting passion for caring for, learning about and training dogs.

My father guided me into the business world where I worked for his accounting firm. I studied accounting at St. Petersburg College. Working in the accounting field paid the bills, but there was no passion for the work. I continued working in the field until 1995. I now work at an Engineering firm full time as the office manager.

I continued to train my own dogs. I now share my life with my husband Al and two of the most awesome Dalmatians, Gator and Peanut. While training Gator, I realized I was pretty good at it. Sarah (our trainer) called us her “Dream Team.” Sarah encouraged me to pursue dog training and I enrolled in Animal Behavior College, graduating with honors a year later. I read all the training books aimed at science based positive training that I can find. I also got my pet CPR certification at the Pinellas SPCA. I assisted with the AKC Star Puppy and Basic Obedience training classes at a local dog training club before joining New Dawn Animal Behavior Center. While interning at New Dawn I became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). Most recently I passed the examination to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).

I am a member of National Association of Canine Scent Work, Certified Professional Dog Trainers and The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Besides dog training, my husband and I both enjoy off-road bicycling, making stained glass windows and I also create fused glass jewelry and other items fired in a kiln.

I believe in positive training methods that are based on science and research in animal behavior. I want to help people have a positive relationship with their dog. I feel every dog should have a forever home and become that loving family member that every dog wants to be. It’s been a long time coming, but I now know what I want to be when I grow up 😉

New Dawn has taught me that training really is about trust and relationships .


Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

As a kid in southern Pennsylvania, we always had animals around and not just dogs and cats, but rabbits, snakes, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, tarantulas, iguanas, mice and anything else that can be named. I loved them all (well, maybe not the tarantulas). In high school, I volunteered at the local animal shelter and assisted with the Junior Board in raising donations. I came to Florida to attend Clearwater Christian College, where I graduated with a degree in biology and minors in chemistry and bible.

For ten years I worked in customer service at a medical equipment provider/pharmacy. In 2012 I started to volunteer at the Humane Society of Pinellas. I have loved learning their Open Paw program which focuses on dog behavior and enjoy working with the dogs each week. I am part of their Red Core volunteer team and part of their mentoring program for new volunteers, which guides and assists them through the Open Paw program.

I wanted to further my love and education for dogs through an internship with New Dawn Animal Behavior Center and Ann Waterbury, CPDT-KA. I completed my internship, sat for my examination through the CCPDT, and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT – KA). I am a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Each day I enjoy training with dogs and implementing positive reinforcement techniques through group classes and private sessions both in Pinellas and Hillsborough County. I feel each dog has something to teach us.

I am continuing my education through earning my Canine Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) certification with instructor courses through K9 Nose Work.

I spend my free time with my wonderful husband, Alan, and our beautiful dog Lucy. Lucy is a fun loving greyhound we adopted from the Humane Society of Pinellas, who loves her five minutes of racing in the backyard followed by, what else but bathing in the Florida sun.


Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, CSMT

My lifelong love of animals includes training (CPDT-KA certified as well as AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator), showing German Shepherds in AKC competitions, veterinary hospital experience, and fostering for rescue groups. I am a team member and first responder for FL SARC (Florida Small Animal Response Coalition which responds to natural and man-made disasters involving the rescue of animals nationwide). I am also a part time trainer at Southeastern Guide Dogs.

My desire to help dogs and bring them comfort led me to study Canine Massage Therapy. I carry advanced training and certification in Canine Sports Massage Therapy as well as Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Animals. This gentle modality offers improved circulation, and enhanced immunity, as well as increased circulation and healing time. My two personal favorites are providing “down time” to Service and Working Dogs and bringing trust and comfort to help Rescue Dogs transition into a new home. I am pleased to be able to add the soothing and gentle benefits of essential oils into the service. I am an artist at heart. I also find creative outlet by designing custom canine leather leashes and accessories.

In 2013 I adopted my amazing rescue, a German Shepherd “Chief” who is currently training in K9 Nose Work. As both a rescue and reactive dog, Chief has gained confidence , as well as balance while training here at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center. I believe our positive approach and training techniques, as well as K9 Nose Work, play a vital role in his success. Kitty “KT Ann” and rescue bunny “Sam” complete our family.

Gillian Daniels


I have always loved animals, and have always had a variety of them. I grew up with 2 family dogs, a number of small animals starting with hamsters, rats, and then ferrets. The majority of the animals were my idea, of course, and my responsibility. I took that very seriously, and I have always had high standards of care for any animal I am responsible for.

I grew up riding horses, and that was where my passion for animals was focused on for most of my childhood. I always hoped to be a professional horseback rider. One of my favorites was a Thoroughbred/Warmblood cross named Zeus. He was 16hh of powerhouse and was a phenomenal show jumper. There is nothing better for the soul than spending some time in a quiet horse barn, working hard, and listening to the horses munch their hay.

I adopted my first dog on my own in 2011, a Rottweiler Mix named Bernie. He is my heartdog, to say the least. I adopted him at 3-4 years old after he had just recovered from a near death experience with Heartworms. Luckily the treatments were successful and he is a happy, healthy boy! He is reactive to other dogs outside of my home, but is a gentle soul, and gets along with most when introduced properly. I have been working on LAT games with him with great success while we are out on walks, and his reactivity is much less and very manageable now. He’s my cuddly buddy and loves to plop his 75lb self into my lap in the evenings.

I adopted my second dog, a Malinois/Husky/? Mix named Archer, in 2013. He was 7 weeks old when the rescue had me bring him home, and much to my disappointment my new puppy did not want much to do with me. So I started researching more about dog training. I started training Archer and Bernie with all positive reinforcement methods and it was a huge revelation for me. Training could be fun for me and my dogs?! I was ecstatic, and learned as much as I could while I raised my puppy. Archer is now a really cool dog, very smart and very motivated, and I hope to get him into a dog sport now that he is old enough. I am excited for our future!

I found Ann through a good friend who brings her dog to New Dawn, and I felt at home instantly. I am currently interning at New Dawn Animal Behavior Center to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT – KA). I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me, and am thrilled to be part of the team! I hope to incorporate what I learn at New Dawn in my work as a Kennel Technician/Veterinary Assistant. I have been working as a Kennel Tech/Assistant for almost 4 years and I always try to make the boarding/vet experience as least stressful as I can for every dog.

I believe training is about being a team, and having fun with your dog!”


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