Emily Stoddard

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join host, Robert Forto as he welcomes Chicago-area dog trainer, Emily Stoddard to Dog Works Radio.

Emily has been around dogs her whole life and started her formal training career when she met Sandy, a Yellow Labrador Retriever. Sandy was aggressive towards other dogs and after trying a number of punitive techniques thought there was a better way. Emily started as an apprentice at The Anti-Cruelty Society’s School of Dog Training, where she is a Senior Instructor. She was hired on to work in the Animal Behavior Department assessing temperaments and rehabilitating dogs as they got ready for adoption. From here she left to open her own training company and Canine Sports Dog Training was born.


Emily is also an active competitor in the world of dog sports. She competes in Agility, Obedience, Dock Dogs, and Rally-O – holding championships titles in Rally-O and national rankings in both Obedience and Rally-O. What started as a weekend hobby, has turned into a full blown love and competitive outlet. She has five active dogs at home – Kayla, Chocolate Labrador Retriever; Bailey, Foxhound mix; Falcor and Keegan, Belgian Malinois; Pounce, German Shepherd Dog – as well as two retired dogs living the life in the suburbs – Sandy, Yellow Labrador Retriever, and Toby, Basset Hound and Hurricane Katrina survivor

On this episode we talk about:

  • How did you get started in the world of dogs?
  • Can you tell us about the different canine sports you are involved in?
  • What is the number one piece of advice for dog owners?
  • Where do you see dog training going in the near and/or far future?
  • If you had to pick one activity (besides walking) to recommend to your dog training clients, what would it be and why?

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska. 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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