MS - Anthrozoology
Molly Sumridge (Sumner) CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CFE, is the owner and founder of Kindred Companions LLC a dog training company in Frenchtown NJ. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and has a deep passion for the human animal bond. It is her vision to make dog training a life changing experience for dog and owner alike.
Though she has been training dogs for well over a decade, Molly is constantly increasing her education. Since starting her career, Molly has earned over 10 certifications. Molly also served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, where she has helped shape the profession of animal behavior consulting.
It is her passion and curiosity for primitive dogs that ignited her interest in behavior and training, and propelled her on a whirlwind journey into bettering the lives of owners and dogs around the world. She believes there is no better teacher than the dog in front of her, because every dog has an important voice, a valid reason, and a personal identity. Always wanting to make a difference, Molly helps owners and their dogs via one-on-one instruction, video consultations, blog articles, and seminars.
Molly resides in Frenchtown NJ with her loving husband, patient parrot, and a cast of colorful canine characters. When not working with her clients she can be found in the dog sports rings with her Shibas and New Guinea Singing Dog, doing Canicross on the trails with her Tibetan Mastiff, or in her office finishing her first book on primitive dog ownership and training, inspired by passion for everyone to have a successful and immersive relationship with their primitive breed dogs.
Her passion for dog training doesn't stop at clients and their dogs but also extends to her fellow colleagues. In addition to working with pet owners, Molly also works with pet professionals struggling with burnout and the occupational hazard known as Compassion Fatigue. Molly sees the personal drain that caring so deeply for animals can have on professionals. She has dedicated a significant part of her career to learning about how to help her colleagues better their business and themselves. In addition to her dog training education, she is also a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, QPR Gatekeeper, and Online Suicide Prevention Specialist.
Nozomi Kihaku Tsuki No Usagi - RLP-AOE, RLPX, RL1-AOE, CGCA, CGCU, TKI, "Saga" (Shiba Inu)
Kihaku's Road Less Traveled RLP, RLPX, RL1, RL2, NW1, SD-NB, SD-NC, SD-NE, RATI, RATN, RATO, CGCA, All Star Team 2014, - "Journey" (New Guinea Singing Dog)
Innisfree Mashigura of Kihaku HIT, BN, PCD, CD, ASCA-CD, CD-C, CDX-C, GN, RE, RL1-AOE, RL2-AOE, ITD, RATI, RATN, CGCA, CGCU, All Star Team 2010 & 2012, - "Mashi" (Shiba Inu)
Niji's Queen of the Dragons RN, THD, RATI, RATN, RATO, CGCA, CGCU, All Star Team 2012, - "Saphira" (Shiba Inu)
Kihaku's Poetry in Motion RLV-AOE, RLVX, CA, CGCA, - "Haiku" (Shiba Inu)
ARCHX Kihaku's Follow Your Heart RL1-AOE, RL1X, RL2-AOE, RL2X, CGCA, CGCU, TKI, All Star Team 2014, - "Tracker" (Australian Cattle Dog Mix)
Saras Himalaya's Epic of Kihaku - "Shinra" (Tibetan Mastiff)
Gone but not forgotten...
Kihaku Spice Up My Life NYCSR RATI, CGC, - "Ginger" 2009-2017
Molly's Certifications, Memberships, & Affiliations:
Master of Science in Anthrozoology (Masters Thesis on New Guinea Singing Dogs and other Primitive dogs)
Certified Dog Behavioral Consultant (CDBC)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)
Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer
Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI)
Certified Whistle Recall Instructor (CWRI)
Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator
Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist
QPR Gatekeeper and Online Suicide Intervention Specialist
Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
AKC CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Trick Dog Evaluator
member of the National Shiba Club of America
member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
member of the Animal Behavior Society
member of the Animals and Society Institute
Past Work and Affiliations:
Board Member for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Therapy Dog Evaluator
Dog and Handler Team with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs
Dog and Handler Team with Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs
President for the Frenchtown Business and Professionals Association
President of the Shiba Club of Greater New York
Animal Welfare Director and Behavioral Rehabilitator for NYC Shiba Rescue
Board Member of the National Shiba Club of America
member of the National Shiba Club of America Companion Events Committee
member of the National Shiba Club of America Health Committee
blogger and contributor for Barkpost