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Exciting changes! CDM is commencing several exciting new changes, which focus on problem dogs and the owners who love them. We are evolving to provide more accessible services to owners, and a greater asset to the highly skilled behaviorists who are working hard to protect the future of dogs in human society. CDM recognizes and supports the few well qualified dog trainers out there. However, to address the sharp rise in dangerous and nuisance dogs, while subject to the onslaught of heavily “certified”, grossly unqualified dog trainers, CDM is adding services and expanding on existing services. The combination of unskilled, over “certified” dog trainers, and maladjusted dogs, is resulting in more dog attack victims and more euthanized dogs. CDM has been confronted with an increasing number of discarded, dangerous dogs and has not been without possession of hard case abandoned/rescued dogs on site for the last 9 years. CDM is implementing big changes for the purpose of absorbing more of these troubled dogs into CDM rescue/rehabilitation programs. We will retain our, on the level, practical and respectful approach to dog management, while creating more vacancies in our rescue program, taking in resident staff and creating more accessible instructional programs.

New challenge  The dog training world has attracted a wave of individuals with the time and money to buy “certificates”, do some volunteer work, exhibit trendy gimmicks and start charging an unassuming public.  These opportunists are relatively harmless if restricted to basic obedience, advanced obedience and teaching tricks. Because most dog behaviors pose little or no harm, if limited to common dog training, these supposed “dog behaviorists”, can actually provide a useful activity, some knowledge and some skills for owners with common issues, such as, recall, incessant barking, jumping up, destructive chewing etc.  However, in the realm of sophisticated pack, dangerous, or extreme nuisance behaviors, only decades of extensive experience in these areas will provide the skills required to address such situations. Consequently, with regard to complex volatile behaviors, we have “trainers/behaviorists” inappropriately advising owners in dangerous situations and reinforcing dangerous behaviors through dysfunctional interaction, while neglecting to provide even a minimal rescue service. A small sample of harm done by unqualified trainers is as follows. Through incompetent mismanagement, a multiple “certified” trainer was injured by a dog in the trainer’s care, resulting in that dog being immediately abandoned by the trainer. The trainer continues to charge fees for advice while the dog is subject to be labeled unadoptable or vicious and in all likelihood, euthanization. In other situations, with the inability to identify danger potential, trainers are neglecting to advise owners appropriately and/or honestly, resulting in owners left with dogs which accelerate aggressive behaviors to the point of an attack. Still, in other instances, certified, unskilled trainers are advising owners to have their dogs “put down” unnecessarily.

Seeking a qualified trainer  While it may be difficult for owners to identify a qualified trainer, as mentioned above, there are a few, well skilled, quality trainers out there. Some indications of a qualified trainer include, and are not limited to, a trainer who can demonstrate for you, a dog with a significant history of dangerous behavior, which, has been rehabilitated solely by the trainer. Also, quality trainers recognize the demand to shelter and place problem dogs. They solely, actively, rescue and rehabilitate dogs. A trainer who has an extensive history of involvement with dogs, beyond merely owning pet dogs, prior to involvement in the dog training field, demonstrates sincerity in the field, and an honest devotion to dogs. Some of the red flags indicating a heavily certified and titled opportunist, may include heavy emphasis on “certifications”, over reliance on environmental restraints, the inability to safely and positively control an off leash dog in the presence of significant temptations or, the inability to safely and positively manage multiple dogs in an off leash environment, etc.

We sincerely apologize  As we undergo changes to our facility and programs, our dated website will be under construction to reflect those changes. CDM thanks all our clients and potential clients for their patience and support. Please forgive us for any inconvenience we may have caused you.
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 CDM is a dog owners’ education and resource center, which concentrates on responsible, proactive dog management. Sandra Allison, Researcher, writer and dog trainer, is the owner and founder of CDM which is located in Mission, B.C.

Sandra’s history of working directly with people and their animals dates back to 1969 where work on a guest ranch occupied much of her life. Working her way up from ranch hand, trail guide and maintenance worker to counselor, trainer and foreman, and in addition to working with the public in an instructional context, Sandra is skilled in managing a wide variety of animals, from dogs and exotic animals to cattle and horses. See ‘Confessions of a Trainer’ in ‘Articles’

Dog Booth 2Continuing from finishing top of her class in crisis intervention, Sandra has maintained a preference for working with people throughout her career in health care.  Animal management as well, has always played a key role in her life. Although Sandra admires and enjoys all dogs, a minor point of interest may be that she has made a particular commitment to improving the integrity of the ROTTWEILER breed. Since 1970, animal training has consumed part of her daily life. Around 1986 Sandra began to narrow the field of animal management to focus on dogs while excelling in psychology throughout a Registered Nursing program. Recognition of the immense and underrated contribution that dogs make to human health and well being had motivated a shift in priorities. By the year 2000, a prime directive to protect the association of dogs in human society for the welfare of both dogs and people was established. The nursing career was shelved and CDM began to take form.

Dog Booth 32002 sparked a comprehensive research project into the subject of dog attacks, which to date, has compiled 20+ 3 inch binders of data. Sandra is an active opponent See ‘Correspondence Campaign’ to dysfunctional legislature regarding dog management, such as BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), dangerous dog criteria and various other harmful and discriminatory regulations. As a dedicated activist she has provided an educational resource to various departments of government across Canada. She is a multi published author and has been nominated to the Dog Writers Association of America. Sandra’s passion for people and dogs is the driving force behind CDM.


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