Dawn Gilkison currently owns one dogs, Deagan, a Large Munsterlander and Puffin, a Stabyhoun. Deagan is a hunt, point, and retrieving breed who occasionally pursues upland birds and waterfowl with Dawn and her partner and squirrels on his own time. Puffin is a medium sized, all purpose hunting breed who is an expert mole hunter.
In addition to owning and operating Positive Solutions Dog Training (Portland, Oregon metro area), Dawn has taught biology at a community college and previously was a high school science teacher.
Dawn earned a B.A. in Biology from Reed College where she first became interested in animal behavior, a M.S. in Biology from San Diego State University where she researched social behavior in captive wolves, and teacher certification from Lewis and Clark College. Dawn is also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. All this education has created a life-long learner who continues to apply the science of animal learning to the art of dog training.