I am a proud member of the PPG.
"The Pet Professional Guild is a membership organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to results based, science based force-free training and pet care. Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: No Shock, No Pain, No Choke, No Fear, No Physical Force, and No Compulsion Based Methods are ever employed to train or care for a pet."
I'm so proud to have been accepted as a member of FFTW.
"The Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin (FFTW) is a membership group of professional, active trainers and veterinary professionals with an interest in behavior advocating for the physical, emotional and environmental well being of companion animals.
The FFTW is dedicated to training methods and techniques that focus on teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and exclude the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation."
SideKick Dog Training joined the ranks of membership businesses involved with Local First Milwaukee.
"Our business alliance is made up of independent, locally owned businesses and non-profit organizations. The owners of Local First Milwaukee member businesses live and work within the metropolitan Milwaukee area. Our business members participate in community activities and assist local charities. Local First Milwaukee members create a difference not only through their presence but also through their actions, helping to preserve Milwaukee’s unique character and make it a great place to live!"
I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the CCPDT in 2018.
Established in 2001, CCPDT "is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices."
I was hand-picked as a positive reinforcement trainer from the Southeastern WI area to be a Field Trip Coach with dog*biz.
dog*biz DWA is focused on creating professional dog walkers and has been the most respected program for dog walkers since 2004. The hands-on portion of DWA involves a one-on-one training walk with a Field Trip Coach - a carefully chosen, experienced and credentialed dog trainer who guides the student through a 60-90 minute hands-on experience with dogs.
I became a Fear Free Certified Professional in 2020! Fear Free's mission "is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety & stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them."
"By collaborating with and complementing the veterinary team’s efforts, the trainer can better provide preventive services and partner with the veterinary team to address training and behavior concerns, working from a whole health concept and with the oversight of the pet’s vet."