ASHWAUBENON, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Local dog trainers speak out after a Black Creek dog trainer closes their business after a shocking video of suspected animal abuse goes viral.
As reported by Action 2 News, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that an active investigation is being conducted on the trainer.
âThe number of certified and certified trainers in the area is really the minority. And the reason it’s in the minority is because nobody has to, âsaid Maggie Keippel, owner of Practical Obedience Custom Dog Training.
There is no regulation of the dog training industry in Wisconsin and across the country, which means there are no minimum training requirements, credentials, or experience to be a dog trainer.
âIt’s not an isolated incident, it happens all the time. So we have to start shedding light on the other stories for which there is no evidence, and find a way to better regulate or manage those stories so that it happens to fewer and fewer dogs, âsaid Keippel.
Maggie Keippel is a certified behavioral consultant at Practical Obedience Custom Dog Training in Ashwaubenon. She urges community members to carefully screen potential trainers. âYou can start looking at websites and see if they are just talking about experiences, do they have any references, what do these references actually mean? So take that extra step and say, âWhat is this CA doing? What does that stand for? ‘ and the same. But also when you meet with a trainer and ask the questions: âWhat if my dog ââmakes a mistake? What are you going to do? How do you react to that? What will you do if my dog ââdoes it right? ‘”
Keipel says, while government certifications are not offered, there are many organizations that offer proper obedience training certifications.
âThe gold standard is the Academy for Dog Trainers, a 2-year course that I took and graduated with honors. So there are certainly such academic achievements, of course they are not all the same, but there is a starting point. And then there are also several certification organizations where you take a test, do case studies, prove that you actually understand the science of dog learning and that your training methods are not based on old myths and beliefs, âsaid Keipel.
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