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Who Trained Bo?

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The woman behind the dog

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Now that Bo Obama has moved into the White House and been introduced to the world, you'd think the interest in the First Dog would subside. Instead, the interest has multiplied and spread—all the way to Bo's trainer. This USA TODAY article is one of many profiling Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, a top trainer in the Washington, DC, area, already known for her association with Senator Ted Kennedy and his Portuguese water dogs. One of the first to emphasize positive reinforcement training, she also underscores the value of dogs and families, including children, learning together.


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Marie Clougher is the managing editor at Pen and Press, an editorial services and consulting company. She contributes to Karen Pryor Clicker Training in many behind-the-scenes capacities.