Fetch has had an amazing 6 years, during which I watched my labor of love grow into a team of professionals who supported the Twin Cities community not only with science-based skills but with compassion and respect for the dogs and the people. I want to publicly recognize their work and dedication, and wish them the best as they continue their careers.
I (Katie) am pursuing a Master's degree in Human-Animal Interactions in Austria, which is increasingly demanding my time. The decision was bittersweet. I truly love the talented and professional community we have in Minneapolis, but I am also excited to focus on my thesis and where it may lead me. I can't make any promises, but if I have extra time to write about dogs, you'll find it over at Hello Dog Talk.
I'm honored to have had the support of the veterinarians, dog trainers, rescues, and individuals who referred to us and who teamed up with us to improve the lives of families. It comforts me to know that I can confidently refer my students to a number of talented and experienced professionals who share my ethical approach to working with animals.
If you're struggling with chooosing a dog trainer, you may want to read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior position statement on Choosing a Dog Trainer. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers also has several articles, including What Do All Those Letters After Everyone's Names Mean? and How to use the APDT Trainer Search. I also highly recommend the educational site at GrishaStewart.com.
So, without further ado, here are our local recommendations:
Focus on Families with Children and Dogs
Certified Veterinary Behaviorists
Veterinarians with Special Focus in Behavior
Group Training Classes
Behavior Consulting, Private and Group Training Classes
Gun Dog Training
Rescues and Community