Gayle Watkins, Ph.D.
Gayle is a consultant on dog breeding, puppy rearing and evaluation who presents Avidog seminars around the continent. She also works with pet, performance and working dog breeders around the world to design breeding strategies that produce healthy, stable, long-lived dogs. Gayle serves on the boards of Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and Canine Health Events.
Gayle’s professional life included 22 years of service as a US Army officer (retiring as a Colonel), teaching, speaking and publishing, and conducting research for the Department of the Army as well as many corporate and non-profit organizations. Her education includes biology, business and sociology degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Gettysburg College.
Gayle has been breeding golden retrievers for over 35 years and has bred over 60 American and Canadian Conformation, Tracking, Obedience and Agility champions, plus Qualified-All Age and Master Hunter golden retrievers. These dogs include the second National Agility Champion golden retriever and the youngest Champion Tracker golden.