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    • Monday, December 28, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • Thursday, December 28, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Melissa McCue-McGrath


    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    I have discovered massive loopholes in conglomerate rescue websites as they relate to Massachusetts state law, and how the culture of obtaining dogs by click-and-ship is harming the human-dog relationship. This affects both puppy mill dogs and rescue. There is information out regarding puppy mill dogs, less about trucking sick dogs via rescue. The focus will be on the latter, though I will address both. 

    After detailing where we are going wrong in obtaining our dogs, I present responsible, ethical ways to get pet professionals  at the table together to change the culture of how we talk about dogs, how we get dogs, and how we help dogs together.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand how less-reputable breeders are able to continue selling sick and undersocialized puppies to the public, even with increased awareness of puppy mill operations.
    • Understand how some rescues are using legal loopholes in Pet Finder (and similar sites) to ship clinically under-socialized dogs to city centers, and what affect that has on families.
    • Recognize the language anyone selling a dog will use to move the dog; how to work with that language and remain professionally able to guide our students while helping the dog.
    • Be able to identify quality rescues, shelters, and breeders; be able to identify quality dog trainers, behavior consultants, applied animal behaviorists and veterinary behaviorists; be able to pass that information along to clients.

    About The Presenter

    Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA is a certified professional dog trainer in greater Boston. She grew up in an accidental dog-sledding family in rural Maine and now sits as the co-Training Director of New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC obedience club in the country. She has twelve years of professional, science-based dog training under her belt. She is now speaking around the country about #HandsOnFirst, a movement that encourages dog owners to meet dogs in person prior to adoption instead of electing to click-and-ship. 

    She currently teaches a variety of classes, including Disc Dog classes in addition to private consultations where she evaluates dogs who are having a difficult time living in urban areas.

    Melissa writes alongside Dr. Sip Siperstein for Car Talk's new FIDO blog. She has been featured on PBS's Design Squad, NECN's The Secret Life of Animals, FOX 25 Morning News and other media outlets. When she has spare time, she keeps up The MuttStuff Blog with resources for Boston area dogs, and is frequently updating the MuttStuff Facebook Page.

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