Dr. Mindy Waite, Ph.D., is a Certified Dog Behaviorist at SeniorTailWaggers.com. She is one of the most knowledgeable experts about dog behavior in the United States: she is a Certified Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Free-Free Certified Professional, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI (Professor Profile page). At Carroll University, she currently teaches courses about “Advanced Skills in Canine Management and Training” and “The Science of Animal Behavior” (2023). Previously, she worked as a researcher on dog behavior at the University of Wisconsin (View her published research).
Dr. Waite is also one of 41 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB directory). CAABs are certified by the Animal Behavior Society, and have a Ph.D. / MS, with a focus on animal behavior, or a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. They also have several years of work experience in animal behavior, make science-based recommendations, attend scientific conferences and are up to date on animal behavior research (with a re-certification process every five years).
Published Research About Dog Behavior
- Frequency and Animal Demographics of Mouthing Behavior in Companion Dogs
- Owner-Implemented Functional Analyses and Reinforcement-Based Treatments for Mouthing in Dogs
Dr. Waite’s research has been focused on analyzing animal & dog populations with behavioral health issues and studying novel interventions to improve their outcomes. Her previous behavioral research focused on real-world observations to determine the cause of problem behavior, analyzing behavioral frequencies and social impact.
She has published several peer-reviewed papers on brain development and given talks at national conferences on animal behavioral research. Her behavioral research has received several awards, including the Schiek Immediate Impact Research Scholarship and the Marian Breland Bailey Award.
- Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Biology: concentration on Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
- MS in Behavior Analysis at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.