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St. Louis Dog Trainer Believes In Continued Education

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Wow! I just returned home for Hutto, TX and I am exhausted! It was well worth it though. I enjoyed my week long trip. I made new friends, meet up with old friends plus learned a few new tricks along the way.

What made me make the trip to Hutto, TX you ask? Let me tell you all about it. I am a professional member in an organization called IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals). Their yearly conference is held at Triple Crown. Triple Crown is one of the best known schools for dog trainers and IACP has been lucky enough to have their facility donated every year for their conference. I am also a co-founder of an organization called CPAC (Canine Political Action Corps). IACP is a sponsor of CPAC and always donates a booth to CPAC during their conferences.

Robin MacFarlane of That’s My Dog! Inc. is also a co-founder of CPAC. Robin and I sat at the CPAC booth through the IACP conference. Robin shared her wisdom with all that visited the booth. Robin and I also brainstormed about business and CPAC.

Sarah Wilson of My Smart Puppy was one of the speakers at the conference. Wow. What a woman. I truly enjoyed meeting her. Sarah also joined the IACP Safe Handlers committee and I look forward to working with her on that committee. Sarah is written books and been interviewed on radio stations, newspaper and tv shows.


John Wade
spoke on dog aggression. What an entertaining speaker he is. He made a lot of sense during his talk about how to deal with aggression in a dog. John made a comment during his presentation and I’m afraid I have to agree with him. John talked about when dealing with aggression cases, purely positive training does not work. In this writer’s opinion, dogs need both sides of the conversation. Imagine what your teenager would be like if you only told them when they were right. By the time they learned what they were doing was wrong – we would all be in a world of hurt – or at least they would have been hurt and we would be upset because our child was hurt when we could have prevented it.

Pam Lauritzen of ISCC (International Society of Canine Cosmetologist) spoke on grooming for the non-groomer. What an awesome and inspiring lady. I met Pam many years ago and this woman still continues to amaze me. ISCC has been a supporter of CPAC from the beginning when it was just a tiny little thought in my head. Over the year, Pam has continued to expand her collection of educational material for the groomer and it is a must for every groomer to own.

I was also able to spend time with Brother Christopher from the Monks of New Skete. Religion and dog training – who would have thought. :) Mark from Kong and Chris from PetSafe where also on hand to enjoy their company.

What an great group to hang around with. This was one of my favorite conferences ever.

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