Our very own Casey Lomonaco, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) and KPCT contributor, has been awarded the APDT Dogwise John Fisher Essay Award for 2009. This award is given yearly by APDT for the essay about modern positive reinforcement dog training that best illustrates this quote from John Fisher:
"If we can understand more about dogs, what motivates them, what their values are, how they learn and why they do what they do, then this greater understanding will help us to form a more enjoyable relationship with them."
Casey's essay, entitled I Hope You Dance, is available to read on the APDT site and will be printed in APDT's Chronicle of the Dog.
An August, 2008 KPA graduate, Casey receives $1500 toward airfare, meals, and lodging at, as well as free admission to, the APDT conference in San Francisco in October of this year.
Casey was thrilled to receive the award. She says:
"I am thankful to both Dogwise and the APDT for selecting my essay, and for offering the John Fisher contest. Both companies have taken a stand to promote modern, positive reinforcement training methods. I am very much looking forward to the trip to San Francisco, both for the opportunity to learn from and with the conference participants, and for the chance to meet (or reunite with) many of the KPA CTP who will be attending. Many thanks to the KPA faculty and students for helping me grow the skills I needed to make my training goals, both personal and professional, realities."
Her clients and those of us at KPCT know that Casey is passionate about dog training and enjoys writing about the positives. With this award, even more people will discover that Casey Lomonaco is very talented in both the training and writing arenas.