The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is delighted to announce its newest Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) Kathrine Breeden, PCT-A, VSPDT, PDA of Be Kind to Dogs, Chandler, AZ, USA. The PDA program is a newly launched international licensing initiative focused on improving and strengthening dogs' and their guardians' skills, both in a class situation and in the real world.
PPG members are training, behavior and pet care professionals who subscribe to a force-free training philosophy based on the science of behavior. Those such as Breeden who participate in PDA will help the program achieve its key aims, which are to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that dog guardians and their pets undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable, and to encourage guardians to continue training and developing new skills, abilities and knowledge. Agility dogs, show dogs, obedience dogs and many other dog sport competitors already gain titles as acknowledgement for the hours of dedicated training undertaken. The PDA program ensures that pet dogs and their people can now gain similar accolades. Specifically, PDA recognizes the efforts made by dog guardians from a puppy or new dog’s very early training. Designed as a progressive assessment, PDA is a five-level program with each level building on the previous, working up from puppy/beginner to “championship” level.
Benefits of PDA include improving the relationships between pet dogs and their guardians, helping guardians gain a better appreciation of force-free dog training and its applications to everyday life, improving the knowledge of socially responsible pet guardians, increasing their knowledge and understanding of local laws in their locality, and equipping dogs and their guardians with the skills to be out in the wider community in public settings thereby demonstrating the many advantages of having a well-trained dog.
“We wanted an assessment process that tested real life situations,” said Debra Millikan, PPG board member and project chair. “PDA differs from anything else that is currently available in the sense that there is much more real life testing and I am delighted that it has finally come to fruition. The program has been developed over a long period of time by a team of dedicated PPG members in Australia who have done an excellent job in developing the skill levels and the program guide.”
"Personally I am delighted to see PPG develop this program so I can implement it into my business, and our local community can benefit from the benefits of force-free training and pet care,” said Breeden. Added PPG president, Niki Tudge: “PDA is another exciting product for PPG members to provide to their dog owning community. Not only does it provide the curriculum, skills and assessment markers, it also offers a wealth of marketing support and tools to help the program grow. I am very proud of the international effort that has gone into bringing this product to completion. We congratulate and fully support Kathrine Breeden in taking the initiative to offer this program in her local community.”
Kathrine Breeden is Arizona's first & only Accredited Professional Canine Trainer. She is the owner and operator of Be Kind to Dogs force free dog training business. She is a truly dog friendly member and endorsed by Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell of the popular Television show, “It’s Me or the Dog.” Kathrine specializes in force free dog obedience training, in home dog training, dog training tips, dog training tools and is a professional dog trainer. She can help you to learn how to train your puppy, how to train your dog and prepare for a new puppy.
Some of the services she offers include, but aren’t limited to, In-Home Dog Training, Off-Site Dog Training, Pre-Puppy Preparation, Behavior Training, Phone and SKYPE behavior and training consultations, training freebies through her Facebook group, Open House lectures, “Ask the Trainer” lectures, foce free training with pet first aid and CPR and much, much more. If you aren’t in need of a professional dog trainer but know someone who is, you can also purchase a gift certificate from Kathrine to give to your friends, family or co-workers that are in need of puppy or dog training.
Kathrine is a force free trainer and behavior consultant that is a member of the No Shock Collar coalition.Her philosophy is that Force Free & Positive training results in a dog that follows an owner because it wants to, rather than following out of fear. She has memberships with the Pet Professional Guild, Truly Dog Friendly, Arizona Pet Professionals, is a recommended dog trainer by Best Friends Animal Society and is proactive in animal rights campaigns.
Remember, if you want to learn how to train your dog or how to train your puppy in a gentle, positive reinforcement force-free way, please contact a professional dog trainer, Kathrine Breeden, today at 480-272-8816
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