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Cochrane Humane Society offers unique programs

Beginning in March, the Cochrane Humane Society (CAS) will be the only shelter in southern Alberta to offer the new Positive Approach Canine Education (PACE) Program.
Rocky View County residents can learn to train dogs with the Cochrane Humane Society’s Positive Approach Canine Education program starting in March.
Rocky View County residents can learn to train dogs with the Cochrane Humane Society’s Positive Approach Canine Education program starting in March.

Beginning in March, the Cochrane Humane Society (CAS) will be the only shelter in southern Alberta to offer the new Positive Approach Canine Education (PACE) Program.

ìFor anyone who has dreamed of becoming a certified dog trainer or a super-knowledgeable worker in any animal field, these programs may be perfect for them,î said Cheryl Wallach, spokesperson for CAS.

ìThe things that make dog trainers good at what they do is experience with a variety of dogs and some experience in the classroom. This is the perfect combination of both.î

PACE offers two certificates: CAHS Canine Handling Skill and Behaviour Certificate and CAHS Canine Behaviour, Handling Skills and Instructor Certificate.

ìThe first certificate is great if you are looking to be a dog walker or run a doggie day care and the second is necessary if you are going to trains dogs,î said Wallach.

ìYou will learn absolutely everything about dogs.î

Dog training is a largely unregulated industry with no programs offered at colleges or universities. The Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers offers national certification for dog trainers and the PACE program will help potential dog trainers prepare for tests.

Other training programs offers theory and online resources, but what sets the CAHS program apart is the extensive hands-on experience with a wide variety of dogs. Participants are mentored by a certified dog trainer (CPDT-KA) with weekly meetings to practice, hone and test skills. Students learn how to effectively apply theory and classroom learning to real life situations where dogs of various breeds and ages need training and behaviour modification to either successfully stay in homes or be adopted.

The CAHS Canine Handling Skill and Behaviour Certificate costs $3,500 plus taxes and the CAHS Canine Behaviour, Handling Skills and Instructor Certificate is $4,500.

The money goes towards the cost of the program and to operating costs for the humane society.

ìNot only are you taking part in a great and educational program, but you are helping homeless animals,î said Wallach.

ìWe are offering these programs that offer sustainability to our organization.î

CAHS also offers dog training and behaviour assistance for animal owners.

ìWe are a little shelter but we do a lot.î

The shelter has been in operation for 14 years and is currently housing about 100 animals, including dogs, cats and eight rabbits.

The first programs will be up and running in March and the Society will accept more students in September.

For more information or to apply for PACE, visit www.cochranehumane.ca or call 403-932-2072.


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