Tiffanie Turner's experience in behavior and learning theory started with horses. While
still in high school her talent at behavior modification was recognized and landed her
in a position working with problem horses and problem solving for speed event horses.
She has over 40 years of experience working with behavior modification.
She has used learning theory and behavior modification to train horses, cats, dogs, pigs
and chickens. Honing her skills at observation and understanding the scent detection dog,
she has successfully selected and trained several HRD dogs for wilderness and urban
search and recovery missions.
She has trained dogs for Conservation work. Dogs were trained to find invasive or endangered
species of plants and animals. Some of these projects were with Dogs for Conservation and
the Houston Zoo, The Biosecurity Agency in the Galapagos Islands for Giant African Land
Snail eradication, Texas A&M University for otter population studies, along with other
She obtained her degree from Texas A&M University, College of Biomedical Science where she
now works imaging hoof stock and teaching 4th year vet students techniques in safety and
imaging. Handling Rodeo bulls to Olympic equine athletes. She has been recognized by Texas
A&M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as an outstanding employee on many occasions.
Tiffanie Turner began her SAR career with a border collie mix named "Fanta" who would go on
to be recognized as the National Association for Search and Rescue's K9 of the year in 2010
for her outstanding work on multiple recoveries and incredible working ability.
Tiffanie has trained and certified dogs for national certifications in wilderness HRD with:
NNDDA, NASAR, NAPWDA and currently fields a FEMA disaster Live find K9 "Croc-it" and has
retired her FEMA HRD disaster K9 “Fetchit”. Tiffanie participated in the recovery efforts
for hurricane Ike and the Memorial Day floods of 2015, California wildfires as well as many
missing person searches.
With her outstanding patience and commitment to the dog's success she has helped many handlers
and canines overcome hurdles and improve their partnership and overall performance. Tiffanie
has taught HRD classes at seminars from AZ to NY over the past 12 years and has aided many
handlers in starting their HRD dogs on odor as well as challenged the advanced K9 teams and
improved overall performance with her insight and troubleshooting abilities. Tiffanie's
experience and dedication has help make the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State
University HRD K9 seminars an amazingly successful seminar since the start of 2013.