It is with great gratitude that I thank APDT and Dogwise for selecting my essay on Monte, my reactive Saint Bernard, as the winning entry in the 2009 John Fisher essay contest. I also thank Janice Patton, APDT awards committee chair, for being so understanding when I shrieked in her ear upon hearing the good news and accepting my award!
In offering the John Fisher essay contest, both organizations have taken a stand to promote modern, positive reinforcement dog training – an effort which will certainly result in improved relationships between dogs and the humans that love them.
The wonderful prize for this contest is a trip to San Fransisco for the APDT conference in October – what an opportunity! I am very much looking forward to the trip, and having a chance to visit with other KPA CTP in addition to learning from many talented trainers and behaviorists who have helped guide me in becoming the trainer I am today.
Thanks again, APDT and Dogwise! See you in San Fransisco!
APDT members – my winning entry will be published in a forthcoming issue of Chronicle of the Dog. I hope you enjoy reading it!