Molly Johnson, BS, KPA CTP, CHES has more than twenty years of experience training dogs using positive reinforcement. Though she did not have dogs as a child, her love of dogs began at the age of eight with a neighbor's black Labrador, Max. As an adult, Molly began her training career eagerly with her first Labradors, Lyndon Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Calvin Coolidge. Since 1992, Molly has been immersed in therapy dog work as a volunteer, mentor, and trainer.
Molly is a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP), an HSUS Certified Humane Education Specialist, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) Instructor & Evaluator, an Alliance of Therapy Dogs tester/observer, and an AKC-Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, credits earned toward a master’s degree from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, and successful completion of the Dog Trainer Program at Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior.
Molly currently focuses on developing comprehensive therapy dog programs for hospice programs around the country through her consulting business, Canine Comfort, LLC.
Molly gives back to her community through therapy dog visits with her two registered therapy dogs (Madigan, a black Labrador retriever, and Fitzgerald William, a basset hound). Together they visit hospice facilities, inpatient mental health units, funeral homes, camps for grieving children, and local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Molly’s dogs provide comfort, love, support, and animal companionship to people of all ages.