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Credentials


SMART DOGS
recognizes the importance of Continuing Education.  We participate in a variety of dog training and behavior seminars/classes/workshops/camps, and read a wide range of training & behavior books/articles/journals. 


SMART DOGS encourages Responsible Dog Ownership and enjoys volunteering in a variety of Community and Dog-related Activities
including Therapy Dog work and Dog Scouts of America and more!


SMART DOGS is also active in a variety of Dog Sports and is proud of our many Titles and Placements in AKC Rally, Cyber Rally O, AKC Obedience, VALOR Agility, Newfoundland Water Rescue Tests and more.  In keeping with SMART DOGS' Training Philosophy, all of our
Titles and Placements are earned with humane, 100% dog-friendly, pain-free, force-free, "real" Clicker Training methods.  Join us!




    with Kay Laurence Jan 2008             GingerPeach, Therapy Visit             "Hero Day" Jacksonville Country
          Seminar at UNT                           Girls, Inc. Ft Smith AR                     Day School, Jacksonville FL





Rocky at ClickerExpo 2009
learning about the "Karen Pryor Academy"


The following lists some of our Activites & Achievements:


PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

2014 Dec     Certified Stress Management Coach

2012 May     Competancy Assessment Program Level 1, with Distinction (Perfect Score)

2012 April     TAGteach Primary Certification

2011 Oct      Operation Socialization Certified Trainer

2010 Sept     Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)



CERTIFICATES & TITLES HELD BY MY DOGS
 
2016 Feb      World Treibball League Level 2 Pushodigy Title, FOXMESA'S RED CHARM QUARK PL2 GGL1 RN
                   "Chibi-chan"

2015 Dec      World Treibball League Level 1 Global Gizmo Title, FOXMESA'S RED CHARM QUARK GGL1 RN
                   "Chibi-chan"


2015 Sept    Cyber Rally O CHAMPIONSHIP (P-CRO-CH) & Level 5 Performance Division (P-CRO-V) Titles,
                  FOXMESA'S HIGH DESERT DINGO   CHAMPION P-CRO-V VBS "Piglet"


2014 July    Cyber Rally O Titles Levels 2 and 3 Traditonal Division (CRO-II and CRO-III), BEAUTY AND        
                 GOODNESS AT FOXMESA T-CRO-III CGC "GingerPeach"


2014 July    Cyber Rally O Level 4 Performance Division (P-CRO-IV) Title, FOXMESA'S HIGH DESERT DINGO  
                  P-CRO-IV VBS "Piglet"

2014 April    VALOR Agility Beginner Standard (VBS) Title, FOXMESA'S RED CHARM QUARK RN VBS
                  "Chibi-chan"


2014 April    VALOR Agility Beginner Standard (VBS) Title, FOXMESA'S HIGH DESERT DINGO  
                  P-CRO-III VBS "Piglet"


2013 Aug     Cyber Rally O Level 1 Title (CRO-I), BEAUTY AND GOODNESS AT FOXMESA CRO-I CGC
                  "GingerPeach"


2013 June     Cyber Rally O Level 3 Performance Division (P-CRO-III) Title, FOXMESA'S HIGH DESERT DINGO  
                   P-CRO-III "Piglet"


2013 June     Cyber Rally O Level 2 Performance Division (P-CRO-II) Title, FOXMESA'S HIGH DESERT DINGO  
                   P-CRO-II "Piglet"

2013 June    Cyber Rally O Level 1 Title (CRO-I), EVER WISE AND WATCHFUL AT FOXMESA CRO-I CGC
                  "Geronimo"

2012 Nov     
AKC Rally Advanced (RA) Title, FOXMESA LIVE AT REDROCKS CD RN "Rocky"

2012 June     Cyber Rally O Level 1 (CRO-I) Title, FOXMESA'S HIGH DESERT DINGO CRO-I "Piglet"

2012 Mar      AKC Rally Novice (RN) Title, FOXMESA'S RED CHARM QUARK RN "Chibi-chan"

2012 Feb     
AKC Companion Dog (CD) Obedience Title, FOXMESA LIVE AT REDROCKS, CD RN "Rocky"

2011 Oct      
AKC Rally Novice (RN) Title, FOXMESA LIVE AT REDROCKS RN "Rocky"

2007 July      American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification, GingerPeach

2007 July      Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Certification, GingerPeach


2003 Aug      American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification, Geronimo



CONTINUING EDUCATION - CAMPS, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSES

 
I have had the honor of learning from internationally-known Trainers, and have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in a wide range of dog training styles.   Be assured, when I discuss the pros & cons of different training styles, it is based on my knowledge and experience of working with a variety of tools, methods, dogs, breeds, and people.  

After all my research...my choice?  Trust-based Methods, Clicker Training, Positive Reinforcement,
and use of Dog-Friendly tools.




2014 Mar        Two-day Clicker Revolution Workshop, by Kay Laurence of Learning About Dogs, hosted by
                      SMART DOGS


2013 Sept       LLA Professional Course for Veterinarians and Animal Professionals, by Dr. Susan Friedman
                     of Behavior Works.

2012 Sept       LLA Professional Course for Veterinarians and Animal Professionals, by Dr. Susan Friedman
                     of Behavior Works.

2012 Aug        Connection, by Kay Laurence,
online COLLAR course from Kay's
                     Learning About Dogs.


2012 July        Luring, by Kay Laurence, online COLLAR course from Kay's
                     Learning About Dogs.


2012 April       Guided Freeshaping, by Kate Mallatrott,
online COLLAR course from Kay Laurence's
                      Learning About Dogs.

2012 April       TAGteach 2 day Primary Certification and Training Seminar by Theresa McKeon of TAGteach
                     International,
Van Buren, AR, host SMART DOGS Dog Training.

2012 Mar         Fourth Annual Great Minds Conference, "The Art and Science of Animal Training"
                      by Dr. Joe Layng,
Bob Bailey, Phung Luu, Steve White, Alexandra Kurland, Kay Laurence,
                      Ken Ramirez,
and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz.  Denton TX,
                      host University of North Texas, Dept. of Applied Behavior Analysis,
                      and Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies
                      with Animals (ORCA).


2011 Dec        "Recallers 3.0" online course by Susan Garrett, Say Yes Dog Training.

2011 June        "Help your dog be Calm and Confident" a 2 day TTouch Workshop by Kathy Cascade
                       Van Buren, AR, host SMART DOGS Dog Training.


2011 Feb         Third Annual Great Minds Conference, "The Art and Science of Animal Training"
                      by Dr. Paul Andronis, Alexandra Kurland, Kay Laurence, Phung Luu, Ken Ramirez,
                      Steve White,
Bob Bailey, and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz.  Denton TX,
                      host University of North Texas, Dept. of Applied Behavior Analysis,
                      and Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies
                      with Animals (ORCA)
.



2010 March     ClickerExpo 2010, Lexington KY, 3 days, Seminars and Working Labs included
                      Ken Ramirez, Emma Parsons, Kay Laurence, Alexandra Kurland, Tia Guest, Steve
                      and Jen White, Helix Fairweather, hosted by Karen Pryor ClickerTraining.


2010 Feb         Second Annual Great Minds Conference, "The Art and Science of Animal Training:
                      Innovation & Refinements" by Dr. Robert Epstein, Bob Bailey, Alexandra Kurland
                      Kay Laurence, Steve Martin, Ken Ramirez, and Jen White, Steve White, Cassie Malina,
                      and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz.  Denton TX, host University of North Texas, Dept. of
                      Applied Behavior Analysis and Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies
                      with Animals (ORCA).


2009 March     Six Great Minds in Animal Training, "The Art and Science of Animal
                      Training: Where are we now? Where are we going?" by Bob Bailey, 
                      Alexandra Kurland, Steve White, Kay Laurence, Steve Martin, Ken 
                      Ramirez, and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Denton TX, host University of
                      North Texas, Dept. of Applied Behavior Analysis and Organization 
                      for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).


2009 January   ClickerExpo 2009, Austin, TX, 3 days, Courses included: Scent 
                      Discrimination (Steve & Jen White), Analysis of Non-food Reinforcers, 
                      Modifier Cues, Complicated Training Tools (all by Ken Ramirez);
                      Neuroscience and Clicker Training (Karen Pryor); Advanced Targeting 
                      (Virginia Broitman); & more, hosted by Karen Pryor ClickerTraining.

 
 
 
2008 August     Video Seminar “Fighting Dominance in a Dog Whispering World” by
                       behaviorists/trainers/authors Jean Donaldson and Dr. Ian 
                       Dunbar.
 

2008 January    Lecture & Working Seminar by author/trainer Kay Laurence, Denton &
                       Dallas TX, 2 days, host University of North Texas, Dept. of 
                       Applied Behavior Analysis and Organization for Reinforcement 
                       Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).
                     
 
 
2006 Sept        Camp Jigsaw Tracking Camp, Sullivan MO, 5 days, Instructed by AKC 
                       Tracking Judges Cathy Hawkins, Jane Kline, & Fran Smith.
 
 
 
2006 April        30th Annual Volhard Instructor & Dog Training Camp, Syria VA, 
                       (courses included Obedience & Tracking), 5 days, by
                       authors/trainers Jack and Wendy Volhard.
 
 
 
2005 August     Safe Approach New Experiences Tellington-Touch (S.A.N.E. TTouch),
                       2 day Workshop for Reactive/Aggressive Canines, Dallas TX, by Kathy
                       Cascade.                                                                
 
 
2005 June        Tellington-Touch (TTouch), Tulsa OK, 2 day Workshop by 
                       Kathy Cascade.
 
 
2005 May         Aggression In Dogs, 2.5 day Workshop, Dallas TX, by author/trainer 
                       Brenda Aloff.
 
 
2004 October    “No Limitations” Workshop, 3 days, Pine Bluff AR, by Fred Hassen 
                       (“Sit Means Sit”, 
Las Vegas NV) & Carla Collins (“Absolute Obedience”
                       Dallas, TX), hosted by SE Arkansas Search & Rescue Organization.
                      
 
2003 October    “Motivational Method” 2 day Workshop, Los Alamos, NM, by authors,
                        trainers Wendy Volhard
and Mary Anne Zeigenfuse.
 
 
2003 April        Schutzhund Seminar by Hans-Jurgen Freitag (guest instructor from
                       Germany), Los Alamos NM, hosted by ENDEAVOR Dog Club.
 
 
2003 – 2002     Eight Classes with the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club with Two 
                       of my Dogs: Basic Manners, Formal Obedience, Agility, Canine Good 
                       Citizen, Modification of Reactive Behavior.
 

MEMBERSHIPS & JOURNALS 


Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP), Member #196

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Professional Member #74458

Operation Socialization (Certified Trainer), OSCT #T111022AR


Doggone Safe (non-profit organization for Dog-bite Prevention)


Dog Scouts of America, Troop 191

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, Evaluator #50978

Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior

Whole Dog Journal


 
COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
 
Ongoing         Judge, CRO Dance Divison

Ongoing        Troop Leader, Dog Scouts of America Troop #191

Ongoing        Evaluator for the American Kennel Club
Canine Good Citizen & S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs

Ongoing        APDT Greeter for the State of Arkansas

2015 - 2012    Therapy Dog Evaluator, K9 to 5 National Therapy Dog Registry



2012 April      Training Demonstration, Alma Boys & Girls Culb, Alma Arkansas



2010 - 2007   Therapy Dog Visits in Van Buren, Alma and Fort Smith AR
                    (Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation / Assisted-Living Facilities, Elementary Schools)


2008 Jan-Oct Foster Mom to two Australian Shepherds
 

2008 Feb       American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog 
                    International, Inc., Therapy Dog Testing, Ft. Smith AR

2007 Dec       Invited Speaker for "Hero Day" at Jacksonville Country Day School, 
                    Jacksonville, FL (Presentation on Therapy Dogs)


2006 Oct       Ring Steward, AKC Obedience Trial, Tulsa OK

2006 Oct       Ring Steward, AHBA Herding Trial, Tulsa OK


2003             Assistant
Instructor, Basic Manners Classes for Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club 



     Chaperoning Kids Meeting Gentle Dog        Times Record Jan 2008                        with Karen Pryor 
                                                                                                                             ClickerExpo Jan 2009


  
     Assistant with Poster for "Hero Day" Presentation


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