R.K. Anderson

Chairman of the Board

Animal Behavior Resources Institute, Inc.
Falcon Heights, MN


  • ACVB
  • ABS
  • APDT
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Anderson is recognized nationally and internationally as a teacher, speaker, author, practitioner and consultant in the fields of animal behavior and human animal relationships and co-inventor of the Gentle Leader® headcollar and GL Easy Walk harness for dogs.

He is Chairman of the Board of a new non profit corporation, Animal Behavior Resources Institute which created to provide free educational videos, podcasts and articles for companion animal professionals and their clients. These free educational materials show and tell how leading professionals, who volunteered their expertise, recommend managing the behavior of companion animals in the training center, veterinary hospital, animal shelter or in the home.

He also has received numerous honors since he received his DVM degree in 1944.

  • In 2007, the Morris Animal Foundation honored him by establishing the "R. K. Anderson Endowment Fund for Research on Improving the Behavior of Companion Animals."

  • In 2006 the University of Minnesota honored him and his colleagues on the prestigious "Wall of Discovery" by portraying their invention of the Gentle Leader Headcollar on this wall of discoveries and inventions by faculty.

  • In 2005 the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists honored him at their meeting by presenting the "R. K. Anderson Award" to the Best Scientific Paper Authored by a Resident in a behavior program approved by the ACVB.

  • In 2005 the International Meeting of Veterinary Behaviorists honored him by "Dedicating the Proceedings of this meeting to Dr. R.K. Anderson."

  • In 2005 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals honored him with the ASPCA Life Time Achievement Award.

  • In 2005 the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants honored him with their "Animals as Other Nations" Award for lifetime contributions to animals and people.

  • In 2004 The American Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine presented him with the Calvin W. Schwabe Award for "Lifetime Achievements."

  • In 2003 Dr. Anderson and Ruth E. Foster were honored at the meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association as inventors of the Gentle Leader® headcollar for dogs.

  • In 2003 Dr Anderson and his colleague Ruth E Foster were honored by the Smithsonian Institute by having their picture and their Gentle Leader® invention featured in an exhibit of inventions such as Post It® notes and Velcro®.

  • In 2002 the Student Chapter of AVMA at Iowa State University honored Dr. Anderson by presenting him with the "Gentle Doctor" Award.

  • In 2000, the American Humane Association honored him with their Waco E. Childers Award for Lifetime Achievements in animal welfare.

  • In 1998 the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association honored him with their annual Award for Distinguished Service.

  • In 1997, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University presented him with their annual "Honor Alumnus Award."

  • In 1992 The American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine presented him with the "Distinguished Diplomate Award" for significant and lasting contributions to Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

  • In 1992 the Michael J. McCulloch Award was presented to him in recognition of Outstanding Contributions Rrelated to the Human Animal Bond.

  • In 1987 The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Delta Society presented him with the Bustad Award as "Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year."

  • In 1977 the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association honored him as Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year for Outstanding Service to his Community and Profession.

  • In 1976 served as a Co Founder of the Delta Society National Society for the Human Animal Bond.

  • In 1969 served as President of American Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

  • In 1968 served as President of St Paul Association of Retarded Children.

  • In 1965 served as President of Minnesota Public Health Association.

  • In 1955 served as President of Colorado Public Health Association.

  • In 1953 honored by his colleagues of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society for Innovative Rabies Prevention and Animal Control Programs.