Livingston, LA (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
On June 5th, Continental Kennel Club will be kicking off its summertime activities by setting up a booth at the Career Show of the 83rd Annual Louisiana FFA Convention at the Alexandria Convention Center in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana. CKC President Mike Roy, a native of Alexandria and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana FFA Foundation, will be traveling to Alexandria to meet with teachers and talk about the benefits of the CCTP Level 1 curriculum, Canine Care and Handling, for high school students.
The Canine Care and Training Program is an exciting program developed by Continental Kennel Club using relationships with canines to teach students how to properly care for, communicate with, and train dogs. The CCTP Level 1 classroom curriculum is taught in Louisiana schools under the career cluster of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The Level 1 curriculum prepares students with practical dog handling skills, teaches students the basic needs of dogs, and educates them about responsible dog ownership in our modern society. Students who take the course receive ½ credit toward their high school diploma and receive an Industry Based Certification in Basic Canine Care and Handling if they meet all the requirements of the program. The Level 1 curriculum can also be taught as part of the Small Animal Care elective for a full credit point.
Teachers who wish to learn more about the curriculum and the requirements for teaching with dogs in the classroom can visit the CKC website at http://www.ckcusa.com/cctp and get more information. They may also take a sample course on the History of the Dog to get a taste of the curriculum material. The online training requires about 24 hours of online training through interactive teaching programs at the CKC website. Teachers can purchase the Online Teacher Training and curriculum materials with a school Purchase Order to get started quickly. After completing all of the required sections with an 80% average, the teacher is sent a Teachers Workbook, teaching CDs, a training book, and other classroom resources for teaching the curriculum in the classroom..
Chad Beach of the Ouachita Alternative School uses dogs in the classroom to hold his students' attention and introduces them to reward-based training with rescue dogs from the local community. His class takes on these dogs as projects, socializes them, and starts on their basic training using the clicker – a small reward marker that is very effective on dogs. The response from his students is phenomenal as they learn about dogs and how to communicate with them and understand their needs. .
Teachers may also attend CKC-sponsored hands-on workshops to further their understanding of dog behavior and prepare them for handling dogs in a classroom setting. CKC will set up workshops and seminars for any school where there are at least six teachers interested in the curriculum. These hands-on workshops are fun and exciting, and teachers get a good taste of what dogs go through trying to understand the ‘strange’ ways in which people try to communicate with them. The Training Game is a favorite among students and demonstrates to them the need for clear communication signals with their dog(s).
In addition to presenting the curriculum to Louisiana teachers, CKC will also be traveling to Amarillo, Texas to present the curriculum to ag-science teachers in Texas at their annual VATAT convention. This is the 3rd year that staff from CKC will attend the ag teachers convention in Texas. CKC will also be presenting the CCTP curriculum to teachers of the National Association of Agriculture Educators at 2 regional conferences this summer.
To satisfy the demands of educators for more educational material, Continental Kennel Club has been working on a CCTP Level 2 curriculum, which it is looking forward to introducing at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis. According to Mike Roy, president and CEO of CKC, the level 2 curriculum will contain about 180 hours of coursework, double the amount of the CCTP Level 1 course. “We want to roll out this new curriculum this fall because we believe it will offer teachers and school systems another option for coursework for those students seeking a career path that might include man’s best friend.”
About Continental Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club is a global provider of canine registration services and products. Headquartered at 28901 South Frost Road in Livingston, Louisiana 70754, the company has registered millions of dogs worldwide in over 70 countries. Continental Kennel Club was founded in 1991 and recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary.