Doggone Safe Members Sweep International Positive Dog Training Association Awards

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Doggone Members Positive Dog Training Awards

Campbellville, ON (PRWEB) December 9, 2005

Doggone Safe members were recognized with a total of 27 awards from the International Positive Dog Training Association/Canine Communication Studies in various categories including, dog training excellence, education and humane dog training. These awards are based on peer voting and Doggone Safe is very proud of all its members and their accomplishments and dedication to the promotion of positive dog training.

Doggone Safe is a non-profit organization incorporated in the US and and is dedicated to education and victim support. The coroner’s jury inquest into €™s death by a dog attack made numerous recommendations regarding public education, none of which have been implemented. Doggone Safe was formed with the mandate to facilitate implementation of the education based recommendations of the Trempe inquest jury.

Doggone Safe promotes positive training and specifically clicker training as a safe way to train dogs, especially for children, to facilitate the development of a respectful and loving bond between the dog and family members. This all positive method uses the science of operant conditioning to teach dogs without force, punishment or correction. “Clicker training is hands down the best way to train a dog,” said Teresa Lewin, animal behavior specialist and Vice President, Education and Development for Doggone Safe. “If everyone would train their dogs with clicker training from the day they bring them home as young puppies, we would see a lot fewer behaviour problems and aggression as they grow into adults”.

The International Positive Dog Training Association was founded by of Canine Communication Studies and Sherry Herla. The International Positive Dog Training Association is for dog-related professionals dog owners and enthusiasts who are willing to take a stand for the use of only humane techniques in dog training and behaviour modification. The purpose of the IPDTA is to dissect every tool and technique to agree on proper application and to establish the accepted standards for what is humane and what is abusive.

To recognize and encourage trainers who choose to use positive methods rather than force and fear to train dogs, the International Positive Dog Training Association sponsors an annual awards program. Nominations and voting is done by peers and Doggone Safe is very proud to announce that the following members were recognized for their accomplishments:

of Guiding Paws: Dog/Dog Aggression Rehabilitation Award, Dog Training Excellence Award, Humane Dog Training Award    

Catharine Gastmeier: Outstanding CCS Student Award, Humane Dog Training Award

Charlie and White of Better Dog Training: Customer Service Award, Dog Training Excellence Award, Dog Trainer of the Year Award, Humane Dog Training Award

Jennifer Reed of Leader of the Pack Dog Training: Customer Service Award, Personal Sacrifices Award, Best Dog-Related Website, Dog Training Excellence Award, Dog Trainer of the Year, Humane Dog Training Award    

Jennifer Shryock of Family Paws and Doggone Safe: Writer of the Year

Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin of K9 Obedience and Doggone Safe: Humane Dog Training Award, Writer of the Year, Innovation Award (for Doggone Crazy! board game), Society Education Award    

Joan Orr, Teresa Lewin, Anne Wormald and Jennifer Wormald: Innovation Award(for Clicker Puppy DVD)    

Kelly Dearlove of On Golden Paws: Courage of Convictions Award, Dog Training Excellence Award, Dog Trainer of the Year, Humane Dog Training Award    

Shannon Brennan: Humane Dog Training Award

Teresa Lewin of Milton K9 Obedience: Humane Dog Training Award

Doggone Safe president Joan Orr said “we are very pleased to see so many of our members honoured this way by their peers and we are delighted that highly qualified and dedicated professionals such as these choose to join and promote Doggone Safe”.

For general information please visit the Doggone Safe website at, call 1-877-350-3232 or email

For information about clicker training visit.

About Doggone Safe

Doggone Safe is a non-profit corporation registered in Canada, Ontario and State with offices in Canada the US and Australia. Doggone Safe’s mandate includes education and dog bite victim support. Educational seminar programs offered by Doggone Safe are Be a Tree™ (for school-aged children), Be Doggone Smart at Home™ (for parents), Be Doggone Smart with Your New Baby™ (for expectant parents) and Be Doggone Smart at Work™ (for workers who come into contact with dogs on the job).

Contact Information:

Joan Orr

Doggone Safe




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