Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA left a 17 year career in the medical device industry to move to Bangor, ME to purchase Green Acres Kennel Shop in 1995. Since then Don, his wife Paula, and their team of employees have been offering pet-friendly boarding, daycare, grooming, training classes, behavioral consultations and the sale of wholesome pet food and quality supplies to pet lovers in the greater Bangor community. Green Acres has been consistently voted the best kennel, best pet store, best dog trainer and best pet groomer in the region for several years. Green Acres offers a wide variety of group and private dog training classes as well as behavior consultations for dogs and cats.
Don has been very active in the pet community, serving on the Bangor Humane Society Board of Directors from 1996-2011, including five years as its President. He was recruited to serve on the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Education Committee in 1998. This group developed the first certification exam for professional dog trainers in 2001. He was elected to serve on the APDT Board of Trustees for nine years (2002-2007, & 2011-2013) and served three years as the Board Chair (2007, 2011, & 2012). Most recently Don has served as the Chair of the APDT Nominations Committee and APDT Education Advisory Group. In October of 2014 Don was selected as the APDT Dr. Ian Dunbar Member of the Year.
A longtime advocate for pet-friendly pet care, Don is a member of The Pet Professionals Guild, an association committed to force-free, or as Don calls it, pet-friendly, pet care. Don believes so strongly in the mission of PPG that all members of his staff at Green Acres are enrolled as members as soon as they have completed their staff training. As such, they are all committed to PPG’s Guiding Principles.
Don has a special interest in complementary and alternative medicine and became the first Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP) in the America’s in 2003. You can learn more about Don’s practice with the Bach Flower Remedies at his website Bach Flowers for Pets.
In 2004 Don was asked to produce and host a weekly radio show on pets, The Woof Meow Show. Today the show is heard on three stations throughout the state of Maine and is also available as a podcast and on the Apple iTunes store.
Committed to continuing education, Don attends a variety of conferences and seminars every year. He has also presented seminars on pet behavior, dog training, pet nutrition and Bach Flower Remedies in Canada, the Caribbean, Japan, and throughout the US. In addition to writing for this blog, Don writes for a number of other publications.