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Professional Salinas Dog Trainer and Behaviorist Barbara De Groodt Named to IACP International Hall of Fame

Salinas-based professional dog trainer and animal behavior counselor Barbara De Groodt has been named to the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) International Hall of Fame. And she never saw it coming.

Salinas, CA, October 05, 2018 — Salinas-based professional dog trainer and animal behavior counselor Barbara De Groodt has been named to the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) International Hall of Fame. And she never saw it coming.

“I had absolutely no idea it was coming, none whatsoever,” she says, when she was presented the award at the IACP’s annual conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. “My staff sure knows how to keep a secret. When (at the conference) they started to talk about people (who were nominated) and it narrowed down to me, I said to myself, ‘oh my god, this isn’t good.’ I cried.”

Luckily for De Groodt, she didn’t have to give a speech, but accepted the award onstage and later took some good-natured ribbing from a friend for the rest of the night of “Crybaby! Crybaby!”

“It’s quite a privilege,” she says of the award, which is awarded to “heroes … within the dog industry who have made an impact on the world of dogs and provided the dog world with a legacy that will always be remembered.” “It’s one of those things, you go through life, work hard and hope to one day be recognized by your peers. This is why I do what I do. When John Rogerson, one of my mentors, say these things about you, that means a lot.”

Here’s what Rogerson, one of the world’s leading dog trainer and behaviorists and founder and lecturer of United Kingdom’s Northern Centre for Canine Behavior, wrote in his letter of nomination to the Hall of Fame:

“There are few characters in the dog world that not only inspire others but also can walk the walk where many sadly are just able to talk the talk,” he wrote. “I have known Barbara for more than 20 years and have seen first hand not only her ability to work with her own dogs but also her ability to work with owners and other canine professionals to improve their understanding of their canine companions. Barbara unselfishly gives much of her free time to helping and supporting many worthwhile canine projects and also, despite her huge wealth of knowledge, still travels extensively at home and abroad to further her own education. There is no other trainer from the U.S.A. that I have ever endorsed, Barbara is one in a million and deserves international recognition for her amazing life and lifetime achievements.”

“I was teary-eyed when I read those letters, especially the ones from my mentors,” she said. “My peers were the ones who nominated me, that made so much of an impact on me. You know somebody is watching.”

De Groodt founded From the Heart training and dog behavior counseling in the late ’80s, but she’s been working with dogs since she was a pre-teen.

“I’ve been training dogs since I was 8 or 9 years,” she says. “My dad trained German short-haired pointers.”

Along the way she’s won a number of awards, including the 2011 Westminster Dog Show Trainer of the Year, Purina Pro Plan’s Show Dog 2010 Trainer of the Year and is a certified Pet Tech pet first aid instructor.

From the Heart’s training philosophy includes positive reinforcement, training to mold a dog’s behavior into a desirable asset, and trust: “Trust is the key word in the methods used at From The Heart, however, trust must be earned by and from your dog.”

“Dogs are, by nature, social animals and look to us to provide leadership that is fair and non-judgmental. My commitment to you is to provide you with tools needed to change undesirable behavior into desirable behavior. A dog’s friendship can be a wonderful one if you both have similar goals.”

De Groodt says that her training methods are rooted in tried and true methods, but that it’s a “constant growth.”

“I tell my students don’t ever think you know everything,” she says. “You should always be able to adjust. It’s a constant evolution.”

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Institute of Directors Expands its IoD Office Solutions at 116 Pall Mall

The fully managed office solutions service at the most prestigious business address in London has proved so popular that it is now undergoing an expansion programme due to increased demand.

London, UK, February 17, 2011 — The Institute of Directors’ fully managed office solutions service — IoD Office Solutions — has been so successful since its launch in April last year, that it is expanding its services throughout 2011. By the end of the year, many more companies will be able to avail themselves of Address and Mail Forwarding, Virtual Office, Hot Desk Office or Platinum Office from the IoD’s prestigious Pall Mall SW1 address, all at highly competitive rates and with no set up costs or long term commitments.

All the new offices will be fully equipped with award-winning, ergonomically designed furniture including the Resolve Canopy which helps define space, modulate privacy and provide acoustic benefits by reducing noise distractions, and Aeron chairs with their innovative posture-fit design. The telephone switchboard has also just been updated to the most advanced system available.

“In today’s tough economic climate, managed offices are an attractive solution to businesses in that they provide flexible working and are a great way to reduce costs and avoid long term financial commitments,” says Andrew Main Wilson, IoD Chief Operating Officer. “I think the success of IoD Office Solutions which has prompted the current expansion is not only down to the office’s first class facilities but also because we treat all clients like VIPs and ensure they are provided with absolutely everything they need.”

IoD Office Services is an ideal solution for those who often travel and so have no need for conventional office space; for those who are looking to test the market before committing to permanent office premises; or those who wish to expand from a professional city centre location.

About IoD Office Solutions:
IoD Office Solutions provides address mail forwarding, virtual office and hot desk managed office services at the Institute of Directors’ prestigious SW1 address. The service is available in a range of packages and comes complete with numerous office support facilities including a receptionist and telephone switchboard, broadband internet, fax-copier-printer, advanced phone features, conference calling, IT assistance and catering services. Other benefits include waived IoD membership (with IoD Platinum Office for term of contract), and attractive discounts on other IoD services and on food and drink. For further details, visit: http://www.iod.com/officesolutions

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Clare Jones
Senior Marketing Executive
IoD Office Solutions
116 Pall Mall
London, SW1Y 5ED UK
020 7451 3300

Requirements Engineering Certification Now Available in India and is within reach of every one interested

QBI Institute (Quality, Business Analysis and Implementation Institute),  www.qbi.in,  announces admissions for Short term  Requirements Engineering Certification Program via Distance Participation  / E-Learning Methodology to  industry  professionals located anywhere on the globe. The program duration is 3months and is ideal for working professionals like Business Analysts, Requirement Specialists, Project Managers,   Project Implementer, Quality Assurance Specialists,  IT Testers etc. The program will cover all the aspects of the Requirements Engineering process viz. Requirements Formulation and Elicitation, Requirements Analysis, Requirements Documentation, Requirements Validation and Requirements Management.  The program follows the practitioners approach and the Institute Director and author of the Requirements Engineering and Management Framework Mr Vijay S Shukla is the Program Director. The program will focus on live situation and challenges. All the program participants will be provided custom developed material from QBI Institute in addition to web based lectures and tutorials.

QBI Institute has got a distinct specialization and track record in the Requirements Engineering and Requirements Management field. The institute has in past conducted several Requirements Engineering workshops and camps for the benefit of industry professionals. The consultancy practice of at QBI Institute specializes in Requirements Documentation and Requirements validation areas.  For the benefit of the industry the Institute has published a Requirements Engineering and Management framework; the same can be obtained for free from the QBI portal.

About QBI Institute, India

QBI Institute (Quality, Business Analysis and Implementation Institute) is the top Distance Learning and On Campus Business Analyst, Requirements Engineering Training Provider in India. It also provides consultancy and Business Analyst on hire services to its clients spread the world over. QBI Institute is Located in Electronic City, Institutional Area Sector 62 Noida, Uttar Pradesh (Part of NCR New Delhi, India). The Distance Learning IT Business Analyst Diploma Program of the Institute is the most sought after Business Analyst Diploma course in India. In addition to IT / Software Business Analyst training through classroom, weekend, distance and e-learning modes the Institute regularly conducts online programs,  certification courses, webinars,  on campus  workshops and seminars  in areas like Requirements Engineering, ERP Implementation, UML, Use Case Methodology, Agile Methods, Software Quality  etc. Further details about the Quality, Business Analysis and Implementation Institute can be obtained from its webportal www.qbi.in.