“The response and back up from the canine profession has been absolutely unbelievable and beyond my wildest dreams!
I cannot thank all contributors enough for the time and trouble they have gone too in order to supply the site with the necessary articles. A special thanks goes to Hills Dog Food who have sponsored the flyers that will be sent to the vets to help spread the word.
Hopefully, together as a profession, we can assist in lowering the number of dogs being sent, so often unnecessarily to shelters, and to strengthen the bond and relationship between people and their dogs.
So, although the original idea came from me, I consider this site to be the work of all those wonderful people in the canine profession that have the same goals as me – a heartfelt thanks to you all”.
Friends of the Dog is the brain child of Scotty Valadao. Over the years, Scotty realized more and more, that many dog owners were totally confused by the proliferation of information on the Internet, with its mixed messages and dubious experts and very often, more harm than good was occurring. In order to remedy this, she decided to put together a ‘one stop’ site full of reliable information, written by professionals, to help dog owners with their dogs.
Scotty has been involved with dogs her whole life and has been working in the canine profession, on a full-time basis since 2002. She has obtained accreditation from the ABC of SA™ (Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA™), and is a qualified dog training instructor, endorsed to instruct Puppy Training Groups and Basic Home Obedience classes and is a veterinary nutritional adviser. She has completed a Basic Animal Behaviour (Canine) certificate course at Technikon Pretoria as well as a course on Modern Theories of Canine Psychology, Behaviour & Obedience with the Animal Care Collage (UK), obtaining a distinction. Scotty is also qualified as a Tellington Touch Practitioner, and finds that the combination of behaviour modification and Tellington TTouch brings about fantastic results. Her passion is sharing this knowledge with owners, as she says that “when you understand why your dog is engaging in a particular behaviour, you then have the knowledge and tools to change that behaviour”.
In order to share this knowledge she is a regular guest on 702 radio, and is the Dog Behaviour Expert on Health 24. She offers regular workshops on different aspects of canine behavioural concerns to educate owners, contributes articles to various publications, and has completed in-depth research into storm fear phobia in dogs.
Under the auspices of the ABC of SA™, she was instrumental in starting a free general newsletter to the general public, giving them further knowledge and a wealth of information on their pets.
Cerificate: Animal Behaviour (ABC of SA)
Certificate: Tellington T-Touch Practitioner
Certificate: Puppy Socialisation and Basic Home Obedience
Certificate: (Basic Animal Behaviour(Dogs) Technikon Pta
Certificate: Louise Hay (Facilitator)
Certificate: Modern Theories of Canine Psychology
Behaviour & Obedience ( Distinction)
Animal Care College (UK)
Certificate: Veterinary Nutritional Advisor I (Hills)
Certificate: Clicker Training
Registered Behaviourist with the South African Board of Companion Animal Professionals.
Scotty Valadao – 082 928 0102 : firstname.lastname@example.org
www.scottysdogs.co.za : www.animal-behaviour.org.za : www.ttouch.co.za
I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be co-founder of this website. I stumbled into the world of Dogdom quite coincidentally but then again there is no such thing as a coincidence - I just was not planning on it!
I have been privelaged to be under Scotty's mentorship and have aided in various workshops which has been an utterly fantastic experience. Through the excellent knowledge I acquired by completing her Foundation Canine Behaviour Course and the practical experience gained from workshops I realised that I was in a position to educate dogs and owners and to help us humans understand our best friends better. Thus a passion was born.
I currently instruct in our very own Friends of the Dog Puppy and dog school over weekends and love every moment. We do puppy 1 classes ; puppy 2 classes as well as Adolescent classes. In addition we have a series of LETS HAVE FUN classes where the object is to learn and well...have fun with your dog!
As for my academic qualifications, I have completed a clicker course, the Foundation Canine Behaviour course as well as the McKaynine Instructor's course. I have also just completed my Basic and advanced Ethology courses through the Ethology Academy of South Africa. I am honoured to be a Superpup certified instructor.
My vision for Friends of the Dog is that it will benefit every person who visits it and that people will come away with a better understanding of their Best Friend.
I am grateful to you, our "friends" for your support and
for making this such a reqarding endeavour and Scotty and I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you.
Certificate : Canine Behaviour Advisor CBFC Level 1
Certificate: Canine Behaviour Advisor CBFC Level 2
Certificate: Registered Behaviourist with the South African Board of Companion Animal Professionals.
Certificate : Clicker Training
Certificate: Mckaynine Instructors Course
Certificate: Basic ethology Course
Certificate: Advanced Ethology Course
Superpup Certified Instructor
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