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Babette Haggerty

Babette Haggerty

Featured in Chapter Three: Motherhood
Babette Haggerty was raised in a dog training kennel by her mom Betty-Ann and Dad, the dog training pioneer Captain Haggerty. Raised in this environment gave her an unmatched background in training and handling of all breeds of dogs for a variety of jobs.

She handled drug dogs to search the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Her first commercial was the handling and training of a French Bulldog for a Black and Decker commercial featuring former Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly in 1979.  A commercial that the director said it would not have happened if it had not been for Babette.  Babette was the smallest trainer on the set which was desperately needed to get the action shot that they needed from the dog. Her television credit also includes the handling of dogs for for "The Guiding Light" and "All My Children".  Her first print ad was with several Borzois supplied for a Wolfschmidt Vodka ad. Babette also assisted in the training of the first Australian Shepherd to be used for Guide Dog work.

These experiences gave her the necessary preparation for her move to Palm Beach in 1989 and build what ultimately became the largest dog training school in Palm Beach and Martin Counties and second largest in South Florida. While in Palm Beach she was voted "Palm Beach's Favorite Dog Trainer", selected by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control to develop shelter dog training programs for the volunteers and staff and assisted with training and behavioral problems for Peggy Adams' Animal Rescue League adoptees.

Her students have included dogs owned by Jimmy Buffet, Jack Nicklaus, Senator Lautenberg, Curt Gowdy and Seth Myers to name a few.
She has been featured numerous times on television, radio including Martha Stewart’s Living Radio and Animal Planet radio shows. Many of her published articles have been featured in Dogs USA and Dog World magazines. Her critically acclaimed book Woman’s Best Friend: Choosing and Training the Dog that is Right for You, published by McGraw-Hill sold out of its first printing in six weeks.

She is working on her fifth dog training book while dividing her time between New York City and Palm Beach with her two children, a French Bulldog, Babe and German Shepherd, Barkley.
Professional website: HaggertyDog.com
Favorite charities: AKC Canine Health Foundation & Angel on a Leash