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Influence Positively Interview: Cindy Bruckart

Cindy Cindy Bruckart is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program and a Licensed Dogs & Storks Presenter.  

Cindy's training company, Regarding Rover, offers group and private training as well as workshops for dog owners and professionals.  Cindy hosts the Regarding Rover training podcast on and is a long-time blogger for  

Cindy lives in Oregon with her husband, Roger; five dogs, Russell, Rodie, Izzy, Emma & Suzi; four cats, Cleo, Ginger, Simon & Moxie; three Nigerian Dwarf goats, Sandy, Willow and Madrona; five un-named hens and approximately 30 un-named Koi. She also has two grown daughters and a granddaughter.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is that time of the day when my dogs, cats, goats, chickens and granddaughter have all been cared for and are content and peaceful.  It never lasts long, but it's what I look forward to every day.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why? I think I would come back as a cat.  Expectations of cats are so much lower than those for dogs.  Even though, as a cat, I could be trained and socialized, no one would expect it.  I would be allowed to be moody, reclusive, lazy and demanding while still being loved dearly. 

What is your pets most treasured possession? Whatever said pet has at this moment.

Your proudest achievement so far? Oh, that's a tough one.  I mean, today I changed someone's mind about their dog's ability to be a "good dog" and gave that dog a better chance at staying in his home.  Last month I had the opportunity to take a very shy puppy into my home for training just in time to socialize her before adolescence struck.  Tomorrow I will be starting a Play Therapy Program at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.  In July I will be doing another Evolution of Dog Daycare workshop to improve the dog daycare industry.   I am equally proud, humbled and honored by each achievement.  So many times it's the smaller, day to day achievements that make the most long-reaching, lasting impact.  

Who are your heroes in real life? My two grown daughters, Dr. Ian Dunbar and especially those amazing dog owners who manage to get to training classes every week.  Really, working all day, making dinner, packing up the kids and taking the dog to a training class is truly heroic in my eyes.   

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