About DogPACT and our Certified Nose Work Trainer

The philosophy underlying DogPACT’s success for over 25 years is founded upon the scientific principles of learning theory and the use of positive reinforcement to change behavior. Its mission continues to be to improve communication between people and dogs.

Currently, DogPACT’s sole focus is to provide canine enrichment for people and dogs through Nose Work classes taught by NACSW-Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) Jean Morris.

Terry Long

Pictured above with her Border collie, Cooper, Terry founded DogPACT in 1996 turning a lifelong fascination with dogs and the study of their behavior into a new career. See DogPACT History for more information about Terry and the evolution of DogPACT.

Terry Long grew up in a family who always had dogs, cats, and birds. Family pictures from earlier generations were filled with a variety of pets in all branches of the extended family.

When she was 15, Terry went to work for a local veterinarian so that she could pay off the bill to take care of her gray cat, “Kitty” who was limping after the family Dalmation played too hard with gentle feline. When the vet offered her a part-time job after school, she jumped at the chance. She raced home to ask her mom what a social security card was because she needed one to land that job. She was a junior in high school, and that job was the first of many that offered her the chance to work with animals.

Terry took a detour for many years in Corporate America. Enticed by bigger salaries and benefits, she worked both in the credit insurance and health insurance industries in contracts and project management. Tiring of the commute from Long Beach to the Wilshire District of Los Angeles, Terry eventually extricated herself and started training dogs professionally when a good friend of hers gave her the nudge by giving out her phone number to people who needed help with their dogs.

That was 1996, the same year she threw in the towel on compulsive-style training methods after she attended three seminars at the Pasadena Humane Society in California. Ian Dunbar, PhD, BVetMed MRCVS, Jean Donaldson, and Pam Reid, PhD, CAAB, ignited a passion for the science and outcomes supporting positive reinforcement training.

Those were heady times. She started taking agility classes with Buster, Sandy, and Moka, became the first president of the new Orange County agility club (dash.org), and immersed herself in all things dog attending hundreds of seminars about dog behavior.

Major influences on Terry’s development as a professional trainer and behavior consultant include the teachings and writings of Karen Pryor, Karen Overall, MA VMD PhD DACVB CAAB, Robert E. Bailey, ScD, and Marian Bailey, PhD, and Susan F. Friedman, PhD, to name just a few of the outstanding professionals sharing their expertise.

It was in early 2000 that two most memorable things converged to accelerate Terry’s competence in clicker training: One, she attended Bob and Marian Bailey’s highly regarded “chicken camps” in Hot Springs, AR, and two, she brought home a precocious little imp of a pup named Kiwi. Now, she had a very willing little pup ready to benefit from all she learned from the Baileys. Kiwi became the face of DogPACT as he performed at local public events and at trainer conferences.

Those early years as a professional trainer led Terry to join the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and in 2003 she received certification by the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). She also became the managing editor of the APDT’s The Chronicle of the Dog. In 2006 her article, “Shape for Confidence,” won a coveted 1st-place Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) for Best Feature in a Canine Newspaper or Newsletter. It told the story of how clicker training can be used to help dogs overcome fearfulness and build confidence through trick training.

Terry authored Dog World magazine’s “About Agility” column, which was nominated for Best Magazine Column of 2006 by the DWAA, and she wrote a three-part series about training plans for Clean Run, the dog agility magazine. In 2010 Terry completed a 16-part series about dog sports for The Whole Dog Journal. In that series, she introduced the nascent sport of nose work, which has been credited by the co-founders of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) as a contributor to the popularity of the, then, new sport as the publication reached trainers and dog handlers across the country.

Terry graduated from the University of Redlands with a BS in business management and received a Certificate in Public Relations from UCLA.

Now semi-retired (do dog trainers ever really retire?), Terry lives in Washington state with her spouse and their two dogs, Sage, a Yellow Labrador retriever, and Cooper, a black and white Border collie, both who love the sport of Nose Work.

Jean Morris, CNWI

Jean has taught K9 Nose Work for DogPACT since 2015. She started her journey in K9 Nose Work in 2009 and quickly became impassioned with the training, the people, and the “culture” of Nose Work. “It is a beautiful thing to catch a glimpse of how our dogs see the world.”

Jean’s dog, Gremmie, was the first Bernese Mountain Dog to achieve the coveted NW3 Elite title. And in May of 2015 Jean and Gremmie had the honor and privilege of competing in the NACSW National Invitational Championships in Loveland, Colorado.

Jean has lived with a variety of animals all her life. In the late 1990’s she began training her Bernese Mountain Dog, Niekko, in obedience. Growing frustrated with the traditional, rather old-school, training styles, she began learning clicker training and other positive, motivational training techniques. These tools opened the door to the world of competitive dog sports. Over the years she has competed and earned advanced titles in conformation, Rally, obedience, herding, draft, agility, and K9 Nose Work.

Jean has a BS in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MS in Oriental Medicine. She practices Acupuncture and Functional Nutritional Medicine in Redondo Beach, CA.

Jean currently competes with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Nalu, in Nose Work, Carting, Rally and, the hardest sport of all, raising a new puppy.

Fin is a precocious puppy whom Jean is raising to be her next great sport dog and best buddy.

Finn Bernese Puppy in Training
Fin, Bernese Puppy in Training