Ag Science Is Going to the Dogs

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Continental Kennel Club ( will be participating in Texas Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association Professional Development Conference to be held at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas on July 30 – August 3, 2012.

The program contains practical content for anyone interested in working with canines...

Continental Kennel Club (CKC) will be exhibitors at the Texas Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association Professional Development Conference at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. CKC staff professionals will be available to provide information and resources needed to join the innovative Canine Care and Training Program (CCTP) to conference attendees. This cutting edge program is creating quite a buzz among educators throughout the United States. Several schools have incorporated the innovative program into agriculture and animal science curricula with remarkable results.

The CCTP program was developed by Continental Kennel Club in 2006 as a vehicle to expose students to the benefits of using positive reinforcement to change animal behavior, to teach students communication skills and how to have a better relationship with their pets. After the initial pilot program in 2006, the program was subsequently approved by the Louisiana Department of Education as a one-half semester credit course in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources programs cluster.

The Canine Care and Training Program is all encompassing and begins with the origins of the canine species and includes advanced training methods that have been used to develop canines into an integral part of society, both as domestic companions to people and as co-laborers alongside farmers, law enforcement officials, search and rescue units, and many other fields that provide crucial public services today.

The curriculum includes detailed instructions for teaching animal behavior, basic animal care, the health and nutritional needs of dogs, the developmental needs of puppies, and the safe handling of dogs. Teachers that complete the instructor’s program receive a certificate and all of the course materials for the program.

The experience with this program in Louisiana has been so positive that students who complete the curriculum now receive an Industry Based Certification. This certification equips students with credentials that help them find work in the animal care and service industries, including positions in veterinarian assistant, pet grooming, and other canine care-related fields.

Continental Kennel Club president Mike Roy states, “The program contains practical content for anyone interested in working with canines, but also employs research done by classic animal behaviorists such as Lorenz, Pavlov, Scott, Fuller, Thorndike and Skinner. There is something in the program for everyone, whether a professional educator or a general dog enthusiast.”

Attendees at the workshop in Amarillo, Texas, will have the opportunity to watch CKC trainers demonstrate the benefits of reward-based training. Instructors will show teachers how they can bring this exciting training program into their classroom alongside their Ag Science or Vocational Education Curricula as the ultimate attention grabber for their students. One educator who teaches the program in an alternative school in Louisiana remarked that many of his students admit that “the reason they come to school many days is because they don’t want to miss their opportunity to work with their dog in the classroom.”

Ag Science is going to the dogs, literally. Join the trainers and teachers during the conference to obtain more information for this fun and informative program.

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