Opal's going back to work! She has a service dog demo coming up at Treats Unleashed in Columbia, Missouri on September 7 at 9:30 a.m. - if you have not met Opal yet, come meet her - Opal was the first Dog Scout titled in Iowa and is a certified service demonstration dog trained with clicker training! She's a ham and loves performing - guaranteed to make you smile!
We are now in Columbia, Missouri and will be offering training and behavior modification services soon, so stay posted for more information. Iowa and tri-state area clients can reach us via phone or email. We are glad to provide long distance training consultation services for new and existing clients.
Congratulations, Ezra, Canine Connection's newest Positively Trained Certified Therapy Dog! Ezra came from Davenport to be trained at Canine Connection and will be working as a facility dog in a school in Davenport - way to go, Ezra and owner, Desiree! Keep up the good work!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS & PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS: We are moving tomorrow morning. Please make note of the following information.
If you are having behavior problems with your dog such as fear or aggression, I recommend Dr. Ciribassi (board-certified veterinary behaviorist at Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants, http://chicagovetbehavior.com/) or Dr. Kelly Ballantyne (resident veterinary behaviorist) at Furnetic (http://furnetic.com/) in Chicago or Purdue University Veterinary Behavior Clinic (http://www.vet.purdue.edu/animalbehavior/) in Indiana. You can also use the Tufts University PETFAX service to get answers to behavior questions: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/behavior/petfax.shtml.
Please familiarize yourself with the standards for trainer selection on the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB, http://avsabonline.org/resources/position-statements) and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB, http://www.dacvb.org/resources/position-statements/) websites.
Do not use shock or dominance with your dog. Please see the standards on the AVSAB website about the use of punishment and dominance in training and behavior modification – also, this article: http://www.k9behavioralgenetics.net/resources/Articles/Why%20electric%20shock%20is%20not%20behavior%20modification.pdf
This website will continue to remain online, but there will be a lapse in internet service between July 31 and August 4, 2013. If you need to contact Canine Connection we ask that you do so by phone at 563-451-9177. Once settled in our new location, we will once again offer long distance training consultations.
Next week will be Ginger's last animal assisted therapy ("pet therapy") visit before we move to Missouri ~ a lot of people are going to miss her! Ginger has been providing weekly pet therapy visits to residents and staff at Stonehill Care Center for well over 4 years now. She started as a Therapy Dogs International registered therapy dog and now represents Canine Connection (Positively Trained) Certified Therapy Dogs.
Opal did her last service dog/trick demonstration at Dubuque Retirement Community today. She was a big hit as always! What a ham!
Canine Connection LLC will be relocating to Columbia, Missouri at the end of July. At this time we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients and friends for your unwavering support during the past 4 years. We will miss you and wish you continued success!
Whitey was featured in the Telegraph Herald on Sunday. Whitey is a very popular little guy here in Dubuque where he and his owner, Nancy Ahlborn provide animal-assisted therapy visits to area residents in nursing centers and Area Residential Care which serves individuals with developmental disabilities.