D. Glenn Martyn - Truffle Dog Training Instructor
|D. Glenn Martyn
Canine Behavior Consultant
D. Glenn Martyn started training dogs professionally in 1965 – training for television and movies, obedience, show, field, police service, search and rescue and tracking. He has extensive background in scent work, teaching dogs to detect elk and deer antlers; lynx scat for population studies; smoke and fire at lumber mills; evidence, instrumentalities, contraband, and fruits of the crime for law enforcement; as well as training one of the first U.S. medical alert dogs for diabetics.
In 1972 Glenn earned a BA in psychology (with high honors) from the University of Montana (followed by graduate studies), and in 1986 a secondary level teaching certificate (psychology/biology). He owned and operated Firewind Training Kennels (Missoula, Montana), a full-service boarding and training kennel for 23 years.
Missoula’s Community Medical Center (Rehabilitation Center) invited Glenn to help establish PawsAbilities (Canine Partners for People with Disabilities) in 1987. For fifteen years PawsAbilities trained and placed hearing and mobility service dogs throughout the Western United States.
Glenn has lectured at National Conferences on service dogs (Delta Society, APDT), dog problem solving (Delta Society), and puppy aptitude testing (Delta Society). Presentations to assistance dog organizations, humane societies, sheriff’s departments, search and rescue, and government organizations have included such diverse topics as: canine genetics, breeding systems, puppy selection, client selection, search and rescue tactics, dog bite prevention, and analyzing/solving dog behavior problems.
Since 2001 Glenn has traveled each year to Japan to present workshops and to lecture on a variety of topics such as temperament evaluation, dog training methodologies, puppy aptitude testing, and puppy training. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at several universities and colleges in Japan, including Yamazaki University.
Known in Missoula, Montana as “The Dog Man,” Glenn provided dog-related information for eight years through the “Montana Outdoors” morning radio show.
In September 1999 Glenn joined the San Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program as their new Training Coordinator, supervising training and kennel staff operations. Glenn became Director of this program in June of 2005, and served in that capacity until April 2008 when the program was suddenly closed by new administration.
Former staff, volunteers and graduates of the original SF/SPCA Hearing Dog Program decided to carry on the program’s mission of training and placing hearing dogs with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Therefore, in June of 2008 they organized a new Hearing Dog Program, also located in San Francisco. Glenn is the Executive Director of the successor organization.
From June 2008 to May 2010 Glenn served as Dog Training Director at Bergin University of Canine Studies in Santa Rosa, California, supervising and instructing staff and students in Service Dog training and handling. He also taught courses at the Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels.
Glenn continues to work as a consultant on projects for dog-related organizations, including the Institute for Canine Studies in Monterey, California and to provide private behavioral consultation for a select group of dog owners.
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