Resources When Looking for A Dog Trainer

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This is a companion piece to a Woof Meow Show podcast on the benefits of training your dog and working with a credentialed dog professional. It provides information on determining if you need a dog trainer or a behavior specialist, and what to look for when choosing any pet care professional.

Do I Need a Dog Trainer or a “Behaviorist”? – http://bit.ly/WWM-Trainer-Behaviorist

How to Choose A Dog Trainer – http://bit.ly/HowToSelectADogTrainer

Recommended Resources for People with Petshttp://bit.ly/KnowledgeforPetParents

Especially for New Dog Parentshttp://bit.ly/EspNewDogParents

Especially for New Puppy Parentshttp://bit.ly/EspcNewPuppyParents

Additional Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.word-woofs-meows.com )

About Don Hanson  http://bit.ly/AboutDonHanson

Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog Link Page http://bit.ly/ThingsIWishIHadKnown

Green Acres Kennel Shop Position Statement on Pet-Friendly, Force-Free Pet Carehttp://bit.ly/GAKS_Pet-Friendly

Green Acres Kennel Shop Position on the Use of Dominance and Punishment for the Training and Behavior Modification of Dogshttp://bit.ly/GAKS-Pos-NoPain-NoForceNoFear

Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do? – WWM – APR2017 – http://bit.ly/HelpDogAggx

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://www.woofmeowshow.com )

How to Choose A Dog Trainer – http://bit.ly/HowToSelectADogTrainer

Don Hanson and Dr. Dave Cloutier on Puppy Socialization and Vaccinationhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/woofmeowshow/Pet_Tip_-Don_Hanson_and_Dr._Dave_Cloutier_on_Puppy_Socialization_and_Vaccinations.mp3

Dog Training and Dog Smart: Evidence-based Training with The Science Dog, an interview with Linda Case, Part 1 – http://bit.ly/WfMw-LCase-11MAY19

Dog Training and Dog Smart: Evidence-based Training with The Science Dog, an interview with Linda Case, Part 2 – http://bit.ly/WfMw-LCase-18MAY19

Podcast – Especially for New Puppy Parents – Part 1 http://bit.ly/WfMw-Esp_Pups1

Podcast – Especially for New Puppy Parents – Part 2 http://bit.ly/WfMw-Esp_Pups2

Podcast – Especially for New Puppy Parents – Part 3 http://bit.ly/WfMw-Esp_Pups3

Websites

Green Acres Kennel Shop website – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/

Don’s Blog – (Words-Woofs-Meows.com) – http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows

Maine Pet Care Professionals We Recommend http://bit.ly/MEPetPro

Pet Professional Guild (PPG) http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/

Pet Professional Guild – Find A Professional  – http://bit.ly/PPG-Find-A-Prof

Do I Need a Dog Trainer or a “Behaviorist”?

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Dogs do not come with written instructions, and whether you have an 8-week old puppy, a six-year-old rescue dog, or anything in between having a relationship with a professional and accredited dog training or behavior expert can be your greatest asset.

Dog trainers typically teach you how to train your dog to be a great companion. They will address house-training, bite inhibition, jumping, and socialization with puppies and skills like teaching sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave it, and attention. Dog training is not a licensed profession, so you need to do your research carefully before making a selection. You can learn more at these links

If you have a dog with anxiety, fear, or aggression issues, you may need more than an accredited, professional dog trainer. In, fact if you are experiencing any of these issues, you should start with a visit to your veterinarian as there are medical issues that could be contributing to your dog’s undesired behavior. Any medical issue causing pain or discomfort can contribute to aggression. Other medical problems that can affect behavior include endocrine and neurological disorders and even tick-borne diseases.

Aggressive behavior is often an emotional response (anger or fear), and training alone may not be helpful. For example, a dog who has been trained in a wide variety of scenarios may well be able to sit on a single visual or verbal cue, but when under stress they may not respond to the cues you give. For example, you may be able to recite Shakespeare or solve differential equations, but your ability to do so when stressed may make it doing those tasks very difficult. We need to recognize and accept that a reactive dog is stressed and uncomfortable.

If your veterinarian rules out a medical reason for your dog’s behavior, you will want to seek the assistance of a professional credentialed to work with behavior cases. There are three levels of professionals to consider.

At the top of the list is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. This is a veterinarian that has completed additional training in behavior and is entitled to use the term “Veterinary Behaviorist’ and use the initials DACVB after their name. They will be experienced in training, behavior modification, and in the use of pharmaceuticals to aid in treating behavioral issues. As of the Fall of 2019, Maine has its first Veterinary Behaviorist in the state, Christine D. Calder DVM DACVB, who is practicing at Midcoast Humane in Brunswick. [ FMI – Introducing Dr. Christine Calder, Maine’s 1st Veterinary Behaviorist – http://bit.ly/WMw-DrCalderVetBhx ]

Next on the list are individuals who are credentialed by the Animal Behavior Society. They usually have a doctorate or master’s degree in animal behavior and have passed an exam that then allows them to use the title Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB or ACAAB). You can find a list of these individuals at http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/applied-behavior-caab-directory.php. I am not aware of any currently practicing in Maine.

At the next tier are those like myself that are credentialed as Behavior Consultants. Although people occasionally refer to me as a behaviorist, I am not. The only people that should be using the title “behaviorist” are those that are credentialed by the Animal Behavior Society or the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. There are three independent accrediting bodies that credential people like myself doing behavioral work listed below.

Like dog training, behavior consulting is not a licensed profession, so please verify the credentials of whomever you select to help your dog. If they recommend the use of any type of aversive (shock collar, choke collar, prong collar, spray bottle, dominance downs), anything meant to punish, look for someone else. Punishing your dog is only likely to make their aggression worse and more dangerous.

Lastly, you might want to review a past column of mine at the link below.

Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do?http://bit.ly/HelpDogAggx

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com )

What Is Dog Training?http://bit.ly/WhatIsDogTraining

How to Choose a Dog Trainerhttp://bit.ly/HowToChooseADogTrainer

Maine Dog Trainers That I Recommendhttp://bit.ly/MEDogTrnrs

Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do?http://bit.ly/HelpDogAggx

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ )

Introducing Dr. Christine Calder, Maine’s 1st Veterinary Behavioristhttp://bit.ly/WMw-DrCalderVetBhx

Web Sites

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)https://www.dacvb.org/

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)https://avsab.org/

Animal Behavior Society – https://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/index.php

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)https://www.ccpdt.org/

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)https://m.iaabc.org/

Midcoast Humane – https://midcoasthumane.org/behavior/

Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB)https://www.credentialingboard.com/

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Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( greenacreskennel.com ) in Bangor, ME where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He is a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Don is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and is committed to PPG’s Guiding Principles and the Pain-Free, Force-Free, and Fear-Free training, management, and care of all pets. Don produces and co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show, that airs on Z62 Retro Radio WZON (AM620) and WKIT 103.3-HD3 and is streamed at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/, the Apple Podcast app, and at Don’s blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com.  The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

24MAY20, Donald J. Hanson, All Rights Reserved
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Maine Pet Care Professionals That We Recommend

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Before recommending another pet care professional or pet-related business or non-profit organization, I need to know that when I do so that they will NEVER intentionally use or recommend anything designed to cause a pet pain or fear. Preferably I will know this based on personal experience with someone, but I may also rely on their being a member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) as their membership requires them to abide by the  PPG’s Guiding Principles.

The pet care professionals listed below are all individuals in Maine that are either members of the PPG or that I know are committed to the philosophy of No Pain, No Force, and No Fear.

When looking for a pet care professional, I recommend that you use the Find A Professional feature at the PPG website.

If you are a pet care professional or pet-related business or organization in Maine and want to be included in this, please contact me.

Membership in the PPG and the corresponding compliance with The Guiding Principles are a critical factor in determining who I recommend.  – Don Hanson, The Woof Meow Show, & Green Acres Kennel Shop.

Veterinary Behaviorists

Maine Veterinary Medical Center
Christine Calder, DVM, DACV
Patricia Koven, LVT, KPA-CTP
Scarborough, 885-1290
https://www.mvmc.vet/vets/Christine-Calder

Dog Trainers & Behavior Consultants

Bessey’s Positive Paws
Erin Bessey CPDT-KA
Whitefield, 485-0851
besseyspositivepaws.com

Canine Behavior Counseling
Judy Moore CDBC, CPDT-KA
Cumberland, 232-5007
caninebehaviorcounseling.com

Canine Insights
Breanna Norris KPA-CTP
Pittsfield/Waterville, 487-1361
canineinsightsllc.com

Center for Canine Excellence
Lisa Walker CBATI, CCC
Freeport, 653-0993
centerforcanineexcellence.com

Gooddogz Training
Nancy Freedman-Smith CDBC, CBATI
Scarborough 671-2522
gooddogztraining.com

Green Acres Kennel Shop
Don Hanson CDBC, CPDT-KA
Kate Dutra, CPDT-KA
Lindsay Ware, CPDT-KA
Ashley Charpentier
Nicole Crocker
Bangor, 945-6841
greenacreskennel.com
Words-woofs-meows.com
WoofMeowShow.com

Haulin Aus Dog Training
Patricia Koven, LVT, KPA-CTP
Gardiner/Augusta
haulinausdogtraining@gmail.com

Keep Your Pet
Royan Bartley
Rockport, 975-4605
keepyourpet.net

Mr. Dog Training
Sara Sokol
West Bath, 798-1232
mrdogtraining.com

Oh My Dog!
Annette MacNair
Camden, 542-1843
Oh, My Dog!

Pawsitive Canine Care & Training
KT Bernard CPDT-KA
Windham, 893-8676
PawsitiveCanineCare.com

PupStart
Diana Logan CPDT-KA
North Yarmouth, 252-9352
dianalogan.com

Raising Canine Dog Training
Mallory Hattie CPDT-KA
Scarborough, 642-3693
raisingcaninemaine.com

Right on the Mark Dog Training
Stephani Morancie
Belfast, 355-4094
RightOnTheMarkDogTraining

Salty Dogs Obedience
Whitney Thurston
Blue Hill, 659-9547
saltydogsobedience.com 

Sit Stay Play
Larissa Savage
Freeport, 751-9458
sitstayplaymaine.com

The Capable Canine
Jessica Robichaud, CPDT-KA
Arundel, 604-0480
http://www.thecapablecanine.com/

The Familiar Canine
Naomi Smith CPDT-KA
South Berwick, 251-8168
thefamiliarcanine.com

The Silver Paws Project
Jessica O’Donoghue
752-2500
silverpawsproject.org

Tree Frog Farm Dog Training
Elizabeth Langham
North Yarmouth, 837-1613
treefrogfarmdogtraining.com