Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
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Hello to all the wonderful people that live, learn and share here. I've always liked dogs. When I was about seven years old ,everyone around the neighbourhood was afraid of our neighbour's German Shepherd. I was not, and since I showed no fear ,he would also be friendly with me. Maybe he sensed that I was from a GSD background. LOL My grandfather was the first person in Canada to get this breed from Germany. Anyway since then I've always loved all dogs and used to take care of the hunting dogs we used in our hunting group. Since finding Molly nearly six years ago, I have taken a keen interest in studying all things dogs. I joined IPDTA (International Positive Dog Training Association) where I learned from some of the best trainers around. They all would say, I should have been a dog trainer ,LOL, but I guess I figured I started a little too late. Last year I felt really humbled when I received the Peer's Choice Award from IPDTA.
I've always enjoyed helping educate people about the benefits of positive reinforcement based training methods. I think it's about time that dog training has moved in this direction . What a difference in how dogs were trained 25 years ago, compared to what we know now. My first book I bought back then was typical for the time period. Quite harsh to say the least. And when I look at all my books that I have bought since that first book , I can see that gradually we have learned more and more. And to say that it has been heading in the right direction would be an understatement.
I think we should be treating dogs no different than we would treat a human. There is no need for the use of fear or intimidation in dog training and I will hope to continue to promote this message whenever I can.
If we are to call dogs "man's best friend" it's up to us to reciprocate.
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild
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