Our Mission

Here at Canis Major, our mission is to make the world a better place for dogs and their people.
In order to achieve that mission, we are guided by the following principles:

 

  • High Professional Standards: We strive to remain educated about the most up-to-date, humane, and effective training techniques. This means we keep up with the latest research, literature, and information in the field of dog training and behavior. We spend a lot of time reading, discussing, and attending educational seminars, and we are always working towards professional certifications.

 

  • Kindness, Always: We think kindness is always the best approach - towards people and animals. We know that change doesn't happen overnight, but we support any incremental changes that result in more humane and gentle treatment of dogs in training. We hope to be a good example for both owners and trainers who are learning how to train dogs without the use of pain, fear, discomfort, or force. To this end, we are also proud participants in Project tRade (see below).

 

  • Prevention First: We believe strongly in addressing behavior problems before they become so severe that a dog is surrendered to a shelter. Our company owners have extensive experience in animal sheltering and welfare, and know that a large number of animals are relinquished to shelters for behavioral reasons. To this end, we offer an assistance program to dog owners who are unable to afford our services at full price. This supports our mission of keeping dogs in their homes by offering quality training and behavior modification to at-risk dogs, regardless of their owner's ability to pay. If you or someone you know has a dog at risk of being relinquished to a shelter, and cannot afford full-price training, please contact us.

Canis Major is a proud participant in Project tRade

Would you like to trade in your old dog training equipment for a new harness?

We want to swap a brand new Blue9 Balance harness in exchange for your choke, prong or shock collars. By participating in “Project tRade” you can earn an adjustable, custom-fit harness simply by trading in these items. 

What is “Project tRade”?

Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you a brand new front-clip Balance harness in exchange for your old gear. 

Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.

What Do the Experts Say?

Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland thatsits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”

Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”

According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”

PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet. To learn more just visit petprofessionalguild.com