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April 6th, 2011, 08:10 AM

Cat knows dogs

Canine behavioural specialist shares philosophy in *******

Cat knows dogs. Cat Cino and Kobe, a four-month old Golden Retriever, were at the ******* Senior’s Centre on March 23 to talk about training dogs, as part of the Thursday at Ten speaker series.
Cat knows her dogs. The ******* native has the question “Does your pet embarass you?” emblazoned on the side of her truck. If the answer is “Yes,” then Cat (short for “Cathie”) Cino can help. She specializes in behavorial training, rather than traditional obedience training. Cino shared her philosophy with an interested audience at the ******* Senior Centre last week, as part of the weekly Thursday at Ten lecture series hosted at the centre. Cino talked about her philosophy of training with The News.
Cino encourages her clients to shape the overall behavior of their dogs, rather than trying to teach them a few reliable tricks or punishing them for acting like dogs.
“Obedience is considered a performance. There is a beginning, an end, and some attention in the middle. Behavior is what you do all day long. It’s about manners. There’s less commanding, and more just following along in your guidance,” said Cino.
She said behavioral training worked in the long term help owners understand their pets.
“Most obedience programs would teach people how to do an animal command, like a “sit” or a “stay.” And then the dog’s free and he runs away. With me, he hangs in,” she said.
Cino got into animal training in 1989. While her career choice was partly built on her life-long love of animals, the choice also had much to do with the advice of an occupational therapist. Cino was in therapy following a serious auto accident, and the therapist suggested she start a new career based on something she loved and enjoyed.
“I actually had a car accident and it was through my occupational health and therapy that they suggested I do something I really love because I had limitations,” she said. “Sometimes the worst things can turn out to be the best for you.”
Cino started out by teaching dogs how to bite safely, then went into bite prevention. One job involved traveling all over Ontario to teach Union Gas meter readers how to avoid being bitten by household dogs. Since then, she has expanded into training household pets and providing advice to pet owners. She said the most important piece of advice she could give dog owners is to understand the characteristics of the breed.
“Always understand what their inherent traits are, and accept that trait in their trainng. My retriever is going to pick stuff up, including socks and underwear. Punishing the wrong behavior will only create a bigger problem,” she said.

April 6th, 2011, 12:25 PM
I was going to say my cats know dogs too!! I agree with her totally!! I'm going to have to check her out! It goes along with the whole don't punish them for something you don't want them to do, show them what you want to do instead. Like the whole jumping up thing, so many people think first that it's dominance, they just want to say hello and sniffing, licking your face is a very submissive gesture from a dog. It's just our faces are alot higher so they have to jump! So don't want him to jump, teach him to sit instead for greeting. I let Bayley jump up on some occassions, mainly if I've been gone all day, she gets to come up once for kisses. That's all she wants to do. Then she's fine.

Dog Dancer
April 7th, 2011, 04:13 PM
Well I had a heck of a time just trying to understand the first two lines... but you know, it's me... Then I got it! I guess I have to agree with her principles. Know what inherent traits your breed of dog has and work with that. A husky will want to run, a retriever will want to retrieve. It's pretty basic, common sense stuff sounds like. I'll have to take some time and search her up on the internet. Were you there 14+ or is this what you read in the article?

April 7th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Everything sounds fine, but the golden in the picture looks pretty unhappy :P