Useful Links

March 5, 2019

The websites mentioned below are great sources for dog training and dog related information in general: The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world. We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog friendly training techniques.The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) administers the national accreditation program for dog trainers.Dogwise offers a wide variety of current cutting-edge dog books and products for serious dog enthusiasts and trainers.American Kennel ClubAmerican Sighthound Field Association For Pete’s Sake: A Journey of Wellness for You and Your Pets Midas Touch: A Unique Health Food Store for You and Your Pets

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Recommended Books

September 29, 2018

Recommended Reading The books listed below are written by some of the the most well respected authors and experts in the field of dog training today and are a wonderful resource for all dog owners, experienced or not: How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller, CPDT The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson, PhD Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar, CPDT  The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell, PhD Living with Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind! by Colleen Pelar, CPDT The Whole Dog Journal , a monthly publication discussing the most current in canine health, nutrition, training and activities. In addition, Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar, and Patricia McConnell have all published booklets  on several types of behavioral concerns. All of these books above, as well many others, are available at:

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NOSEWORK: Low-impact fun for dog and owner

March 11, 2016

BUCKEYSTOWN — Tilly has finally found something she’s good at. Tilly is a rescued pit bull who belongs to Phil Cole, of Frederick. He’s owned her for seven months, and has been searching for an activity that would stimulate her active mind. He found Nosework, a new dog sport. Dog trainers Cari Messick and Laurie Luck teach classes in the sport in the basement of Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital…

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Hounds chase after the scent

April 21, 2013

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — For three days at the K9 Nose Work March Madness tournament, the dogs got to do what comes naturally to them. They got to find scents, cleverly hidden in chairs and on tires. They padded around the search area, whether a room or a cordoned off area outdoors, and sniffed their way to the scent. Thirty-five dogs gathered each day during the three-day Nose Work Level 1 Trials at the Allstar Expo Complex in Gettysburg. It was the dog’s job to find the scents, while the dog’s owner or handler watched, controlling the dog from a loose lead…

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Going To The Dogs

July 26, 2007

Berryville Main Street sets canine event By Val Van Meter; The Winchester Star BERRYVILLE — What pooch wouldn’t enjoy bobbing for hot dogs in a tub of water on a July day? Don’t let your dog miss this event, just one of the fun things Cari Messick is planning for the third annual Berryville Main Street Dog Days Festival from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Last year, 350 dog lovers and their pets attended the event in Rose Hill Park, according to Berryville Main Street spokeswoman Sue Ross. The event features a costume parade for dogs and a “stupid pet tricks” contest, Ross said, along with many vendors offering doggie products. Clarke County Deputy A. C. Nicholson and his police dog Winter will be special guests. Messick, a certified pet dog trainer and owner of FitHound positive puppy and dog training, in Summit Point, W.Va., teaches puppy kindergarten and basic…

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