New CNB Column "Pet Tips by Dawn Watson"
Saturday, September 26, 2009
BY DAWN WATSON
I’d like to introduce myself to the community—MY community—Gloucester City, NJ!
I recently had the privilege of moving to this fair town and am working hard to establish my dog training school, here. In the meantime I’ve met so many wonderful folks in the immediate area and in Bellmawr and Mt Ephraim that I walk about with a silly grin on my face and stop to talk to everyone I meet.
Bill Cleary was kind enough to allow me to write a line or two about dog training (& cat & ferret, too!) so I guess I’ll get to know lots more folks pretty soon. I have been training dogs for 35 years.
PHOTO: Dawn Watson with Tasha
I was asked to mentor for the students at the Animal Behavior College and my internship program has become fairly popular. I also have an apprenticeship program and offer employment opportunities to the honors graduates. I am certified by the American Kennel Club and teach Canine Good Citizen classes. After passing the examination the dogs can become therapy dogs.
I am a behavior consultant for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and do behavior evaluations for troubled dogs (and their owners). I do some shelter volunteer work for pre-adoptive dogs so that they can more easily find permanent homes. I was recently highlighted in Chronicle of the Dog, a journal published by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. I worked as the trainer for Best Friends Pet Care for several years before opening Brother of the Wolf.
I got my trademark copyrighted and I write all my own curriculum. I offer group classes, drop-off training sessions, off-site training, aggression classes, canine body language interpretation seminars, and basic canine communication courses. I also offer classes in the history and language of the Cherokee People. I am of Cherokee, Chicamagua, and Shawnee heritage.
The wolf is the brother of the dog; the dog is the brother of the wolf. That is how I arrived at the name, Brother of the Wolf.
I would like to discuss the importance of addressing common problems like housebreaking, desensitization, kind and gentle training (I allow no choke chains, no rough handling, no hitting or yelling, no electronic gadgets), handling allergies in dogs and cats, ferret training (if there is interest), hierarchy within the home, children and dogs, welcoming the new puppy when there is an older dog in the house, the topic of euthanasia and dealing with the loss of a beloved pet, and anything else your readers would like to hear about. The sky is the limit.
So, if you have a question about dogs, dog training, cats, or ferrets, please give me a holler & I’ll be glad to help if I can. Next week I’ll write a little on keeping dogs from barking at every little thing—it works real well and your neighbors will thank you!
Wado, (thank you in the Cherokee language),
Member, Association of Pet Dog Trainers #69769
Associate Member, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants# 543
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #24405
Member, Animal Behavior Society
Mentor/Trainer for the Animal Behavior College
Instructor, Apprenticeship Program, Brother of the Wolf
Owner & Trainer
Brother of the Wolf, LLC
700 Market St
Gloucester City, NJ 08030