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Influence Positively Questionnaire - Andrea Arden

Andrea Arden of Animal Planet
Andrea is currently on Animal Planet's shows Underdog to Wonderdog, Dogs101, and Cats101. She was the trainer for The Pet Department, FX's Emmy nominated daily show, and appears regularly on The Today Show. Her appearances also include Live with Regis & Kelly, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, CBS News, CNN, Fox, PBS, Fox News, and Lifetime, as well as numerous radio shows.

In addition to currently working on a new book, she is the author of Dog Friendly Dog Training (Wiley, 2007), Train Your Dog the Lazy Way (Macmillan, 1999), and The Little Book of Dog Tricks (IDG, 2002). She has been the behavior columnist for Dog Fancy and The New York Dog magazines as well as a contributing writer for the AKC Gazette, Modern Dog and numerous other publications.

Andrea has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Animal Haven Shelter and Sanctuary.

Andrea is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers and a Certified Pet Partners Team evaluator for the Delta Society and the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. She is the director of Andrea Arden Dog Training, and was named the best dog trainer in New York by New York, W, Time Out and Quest magazines and the Daily News.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? A pretty perfect day for me would be waking up to go for a horseback ride, then time spent with my nephews doing something silly like miniature golf or going to an arcade. In the afternoon, I would head to Animal Haven Shelter and roll up my sleeves to help out with the animals, whether bathing them, cleaning up or helping to teach them skills that will increase their chances of adoption. The ending to a perfect day is seeing a dog or cat go home with their new family and then for me to head back to my house to snuggle with my own animals. If I had to pick just one moment, it would be sitting in a field on a sunny day watching my animals romp around.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why? That's a tough one because in my house both have a pretty good thing going. Would I like to be a cat who lounges most of the day and effectively demands attention by simply strolling over and rubbing against your leg or a dog who is more likely to be expected to engage in the fun of playing the training game with their family? I'll go with being a dog.

What is your pets most treasured possession? While I have endless boxes of new toys arriving at my house all the time, Nora's favorite is a tattered, at one time long ago stuffed, but now almost unrecognizable squirrel. Of course, I like to think their most treasured possession is my heart. :)

Your proudest achievement so far? My proudest accomplishment is that I was able to start a company that is made up of a team of people who I feel incredibly lucky to work with and that gives back. We help our clients live a more stress free and happy life with their dogs and we help shelter dogs in need of understanding and education to prepare them for life with their new family.

Who are your heroes in real life? One of the people I most admire is Dr. Ian Dunbar. He took the time and energy during his own busy career to have an amazing impact on my life as well as that of countless people in the animal world. He has effectively used his many talents, including his humor and ability to entertain, to spread the word about why it is vital to take a dog-friendly, humane approach to educating our canine friends. I also think of my Dad as my hero. During the brief 15 years I had with him, he taught me about how greatly animals can have a positive impact on our lives and vice versa.

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