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    Taking a Step and Extending a Life

    Let's face it... cancer is scary, especially when it affects our four legged friends. They can't always tell us what is wrong or how they feel. Each year cancer affects more pets than any other disease; a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming for any pet parent. If you follow us on Facebook, by now you know that we are taking a step towards fighting pet cancer by joining the Morris Animal Foundation's "Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk" and you can, too!

    The Morris Animal Foundation is committed to finding better preventions, diagnostic tools, treatments, and hopefully a cure for pet cancer. They have invested over $92 million dollars in over 2,300 research studies to advance veterinary medicine. Through over 200 canine cancer studies the Morris Animal Foundation has found effective treatments for some types of cancers and has even identified the genetic causes of lymphoma in canines. 

    But we still have a long way to go...

    This is Brody, last year he lost his battle with lymphatic colon cancer. He is the inspiration for our team and the reason why we are taking steps to help the Morris Animal Foundation fight pet cancer. He is one of too many dogs that are taken from us too early, but it is memory and his legacy that reminds us there is hope. "For the Love of Brody" is why we walk, and it would only be fitting that our team name have the same name.

    Please take the time to read about Brody on his Facebook Page, For the Love of Brody, and learn more about the Morris Animal Foundation on their webpage.

    Most importantly please consider joining our team as we unite to fight pet cancer in a virtual walk on June 28th at Gulf Place. Even if you can't join us you can still help by making a donation to our team and helping us reach our goal. Visit the team fundraising page by clicking above, or support my personal page by clicking to the left, all donations will go to the Morris Animal Foundation in support of pet cancer research. 

    And remember, we walk because:

    • Morris Animal Foundation has 40 active pet cancer studies receiving nearly $6 million in funding.
    • In 2014 alone, their scientific advisory board approved 10 new pet cancer studies, totaling nearly $1 million in funding.
    • They currently are studying 10 different types of cancer in dogs and 4 different types in cats, including lymphoma, osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and melanoma.
    • With your help, the Morris Animal Foundation is learning more and doing more every year to help our pets enjoy healthier, longer lives.

    Finding a Trainer... What Do All the Letters mean?

    What's in a name and what do all those letters after a trainer's name mean? Well when it comes to dog training... those letters mean a lot. You wouldn't trust your dog's healthcare to anyone other than a properly certified veterinarian, and you shouldn't trust your dog's training to anyone other than a properly certified dog trainer.

    CPDT-KA trainers have to have at least 300 hours of trainer experience, recommendations from a veterinarian, a client, and a colleague before they are eligible to test for certification. In addition they have to pass an independent and scientifically based exam that measures skills such as instruction, animal husbandry, ethology, learning theory, equipment, business practices, and ethics. Certifications are reviewed every two years to ensure that trainers remain up-to-date with canine behavior and training. 

    It takes years of education and hands on training to become a good dog trainer but unfortunately some "certified trainers" only spend two weeks in classes before jumping head first into the training world. Using this type of trainer can be stressful for owners and pets alike. It is recommended that you find a trainer who has a certification recognized by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). The APDT is a professional organization committed to the betterment of trainers through education, they provide a list of certifications that meet industry standards on their website, you can access it here

    One easy tool to find a trainer in your area is the APDT Trainer Search tool that allows you to search based on zip code. This tool can provide you a list of trainers in your area along with their contact information and website if they have one.

    Be weary when visiting a trainer's website, they may post logos from well-known associations, including the APDT, without actually being a member. Anyone can cut and paste a logo to make a website look fancy, but it is important to speak directly with the trainer to make sure they are who they say they are and that they are knowledgeable about their profession. 

    Finding the right trainer can still be confusing if you don't know the right questions to ask. A trainer needs to be a good fit for you and your dog. The APDT recommends that you ask the following questions when interviewing a trainer:

    What method of training do you use?

    What is your educational background in the area of dog training (and behavior if applicable)?

    What is some recent continuing education that you have attended?

    What equipment do you use?

    What kind of follow-up do you provide to our clinic on your work with our clients?

    Can you provide a list of clients we can contact for references?

    Do you belong to any professional associations, and if not, why not?

    What are your credentials and do you have any certifications?

    What sort of services do you provide for pet owners? Do you provide specialized services? (i.e. therapy dog training, competitive dog sports training, service dog training)

    If you still have questions about choosing a trainer, Canine Consulting is here to help. Contact me through the website or through email.



    Coming soon!

    We've been so busy catching our tails that we forgot to catch up with the times! Everyone loves blogging and it's time for Canine Consulting to share the dog-gone truth about training. Stay tuned for our very first blog post, coming later this week!