Serving Vancouver Island
In service since 2004 Fully Insured & Bonded
Mick Howland KPA CTP
Fear Free™ Certified Professional Member of
VIATA (Vancouver Island
Animal Trainers Assocation)
Fear Free™ Certified
IAABC Assoc Certified Dog
ABC Certified Dog Trainer Certified Prof Pet
TTouch Practitioner 1
CASI Cert CBST
including Training, Certification
We regularly participate in webinars,
seminars, workshops and conferences.
Clicker Expo, January
2017 Portland, OR, Karin and Mick attended this three-day conference. We
attended many sessions which included speakers and/or labs with Susan
Friedman PhD, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Emma Parsons, Ken Ramirez, Michelle
Pouliot, Sarah Owings, Hannah Branigan, and many others.
Training for Dogs, July 2016, Vernon, BC, Karin participated
in this two-day workshop.
How to Work
Aggression Cases A-Z with Michael Shikashio, May 2016
Mick participated in five weekly sessions.
Cat Behavior and
Training, Karin is currently
completing this certificate course.
The Behaviour of Dogs:
Through the Dog's Eyes
Nov 2014, Mick attended a two-day seminar in Columbia, MO. This was put
on by TEAM. The seminar was The Behaviour of Dogs: Through the Dog's
Eyes which included prevention of behaviour problems, behaviour
modification tools and techniques, and collaborating with various pet
professionals regarding dog behaviour.
Pet Nutrition and Diet
Nov 2014, Karin completed the
Pet Nutrition and Diet continuing ed course through ABC. This course
focused on canine and feline diets.
Feline Development and
Karin participated in the webinar Feline Development which was hosted by
TEAM's Debbie Martin, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTTP, VTS (Behaviour)
Professional Dog Trainer
is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy. He is a KPA CTP and brings advanced level knowledge to
working with behavior and training.
Canine Behavior Science and Technology (Cert.CBST) Karin completed this certificate in
2012-2013: Courses included Principles of Behavior 104, Animal Training Technology 105,
Domestic Dog Behavior 103.
http://www.casinstitute.com/ This program, through Companion Animal
Sciences Institute (CASI) is an academically advanced,
comprehensive science-based curriculum. It is not a cursory, basic or
San Francisco, CA - January 2013 - We attended sessions lead by Kathy
Sdao, Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor, Kay Laurence and other presenters
for Companion Animals: Apr 2013, Oct 2012, Apr 2012, Feb 2012, Nov 2011, July 2011 Six-day Workshops
at the Calgary Humane Society in Calgary, Bloomington, MN, and Best
Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. Bodywork and groundwork for body awareness and stress reduction in pets.TTouch
is a gentle approach for influencing behavior, health and performance
with bodywork, body wraps, and balanced movement exercises. TTouch can
easily be used in conjunction with other non-invasive, reward-based
methods and behavioral modification, thus enhancing and accelerating
shelter to new home: introduction of cats in transition, July 2011
When a cat comes from the shelter it's not uncommon for the
family to expect kitty to immediately recognize his good fortune and fit
right into the family. Sadly, many shelter cats have emotional issues
due to the initial reason for the relinquishment or abandonment. These
issues must be addressed in the new home. This presentation will help
the animal professional to guide owners through the process of bringing
a shelter cat into the home, setting up a sanctuary room, bonding
issues, and introduction to family and other pets.
It Takes Two:
Successful Cat and Dog Interactions, APDT Webinar, June 2011
Introducing pets and ensuring they are
able to live peacefully together.
Two Behavior Problems:
Socialization Issues and Possession,
Raising Canine, Jan 2011 Two
related problems – proper socialization and resource guarding. If
early socialization is done properly, we can avoid problems such as
Puppy Socialization the Right Way - Grisha Stewart, Raising Canine, Feb 2011
Developmental periods, pitfalls to avoid
Association of Pet Dog
Trainers' Conference, October 2010 Attended the Feisty Fido's
workshop, K9 Nose Work seminar, Advanced Lure Reward Training, and other
Fear and Conflict
telecourse with Trish King, September 2010 Conflicted emotions in dogs and
modifying their behavior.
Raising Canine's Learning Theory Series Telecourses, August 2010 Concepts most
beneficial to Animal Behaviour Consultants (12 hours) Session 1: Science, Language, Nature vs Nurture, the Humane Hierarchy Session 2: Functional Assessment, the Stages of Learning Session 3: Respondent Learning: Overshadowing, Blocking, Counter
Conditioning & Desensitization Session 4: Operant Learning: the Quadrant, Shaping Session 5: Operant Learning Continued - review Session 6: Shaping, Extinction (respondent and operant), Primary & Secondary Reinforcers,
Shaping, Punishment and potential fallout Session 7: Reinforcement Schedules,Practical
Applications, ie. desensitization, BAT, CAT, etc.
Session 8: Reinforcement Schedules Shaping
ABC Certified Dog Trainer, August 2010
Karin graduated from Animal Behaviour College's dog trainer educational
program. This was a
comprehensive program taken over a period of 10 months with textbook study, hands-on experience in training dogs
in a group class environment at the Winnipeg Humane Society, and volunteering with rescue shelters
- Deebo Dogs in Selkirk, MB and Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.
Attended Pet Sitters
International's Regional Conference in Atlanta, GA, September 2009 This was a great experience.
Enjoyed the workshops and meeting so many others in the industry. The
day included Pet Emergencies led by a DVM, a session on Legal
Considerations for Small Business Owners led by an attorney, and a
session on Business Branding led by the 2008 PSI pet sitter of the year.
Sitter, 2005 & 2010 & 2013
requires renewing every three years and CEU's are required in order to
The educational program includes animal behavior, health and
nutrition, pet first aid, and many other topics related to pets.
To view the certificate:
graduates are considered to be less of an insurance risk this
certification is recognized by the insurance provider, and as a result
we receive a discount on our annual premium.
following two accreditations are from the previous program offered
through PSI. Accredited
Pet Sitting Technician
Pet Sitting Technician(program content is listed
at the bottom of this page*).
(clinical) member of
the International Association of Animal Behaviour
are working towards certification specializing in both canine and feline
behaviour. Associate members are
consultants in practice, on the path to Certified membership.
in pet first aid.
Our latest training was St. John Ambulance's Pet First Aid course,
October 18, 2008. We also took Pet Tech, Inc's, 8-hour Pet Saver workshop in July
carry a first aid kit and have pet crates for
transportation of pets. We also carry a cell phone for safety and client
Member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), International Association of
Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) and a number of other professional business
and have an emergency plan in place.
and bonded in providing pet services.
in Project Management, 2003 - Red River College
with additional training - always learning more.
with the City of Parksville.
* We also
completed the earlier programs from PSI prior to 2005. The syllabus
Accredited Pet Sitting
Technician program content:
Animal Handling & Restraint Proper handling and restraint techniques for various types of
animals without causing undue discomfort or harm, including equipment used.
Animal First Aid Symptoms of the most common animal medical emergencies, administering CPR
Bandages & Dressings Basic techniques for bandaging, dressing and re-dressing wounds
Animal Lore and Mythology
Animal Behaviour and
Intelligence Animal psychology, stimulus-reinforcement theory, training techniques,
socialization, behaviour modification
Care of Older Animals Includes nutrition and exercise, effects of aging on body systems
Sanitation Importance of sanitation, creating a sanitary environment for animals
Guide to Medical
Terminology Medical vocabulary for the veterinary office