Virginia Dare's training career began in 1981. She is a nationally recognized positive reinforcement trainer and seminar presenter, and co-producer of clicker training DVDs that are sold worldwide through www.takeabowwow.com. Virginia was a contributing writer for Karen Pryor's Academy of Animal Training & Behavior curriculum, and also a faculty member of Karen Pryor's Clicker Expos for six years.
From 2007-2015, Virginia was head trainer for a pet/prison program called Pixie's Pen Pals, working in numerous prisons in the central VA area. Hard-to-adopt shelter dogs are placed with qualified inmates, living at the prison 24/7, until trained and ready to be adopted out to the public. From 2016-2017, she also worked as an executive trainer for a therapy dog organization.
Her own dogs have been involved in animal acting, herding, agility, and pet therapy visits. The current group consists of a sheltie mix, a chihuahua, and an agouti (a large South American rodent).