It was fun working with Diana on this book and discussing the differences between American English and Australian dialect. This book, written by professional photographer, designer and author, Diana Andersen is beautifully illustrated and informative. Get your copy today by ordering online: http://animalinfo.com.au/products/view/2/12/244
Cindy will be teaching an online clicker training workshop in October for the Musical Dog Sport Association (MDSA). Topics to be covered include essential clicker training foundational concepts and basic dog training ("obedience") as well as applications to canine musical freestyle. Cost of the workshop is membership in the organization: http://www.musicaldogsport.org/join/
Sad news: We just learned that Whitey, one of Canine Connection's non-canine certified therapy animals who was featured in recent months in a story in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald died yesterday during cancer surgery. Whitey was a stray ferret who was rescued from starvation and found his role in life as a therapy animal. Rest in peace, Whitey. You did good work and represented us well - you will be missed by many.
This is actually something I have been asked to teach on fairly short notice but is being planned for October. Details to follow. Follow us on Facebook for the most current updates and information!
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.
Cindy Ludwig, Owner/Manager,