NAME: Dennis Christopher Fetko
Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Graduate, College Preparatory Course, Clifton High School, Clifton, NJ, USA,
- University of Maryland, Fort Campbell, KY, 1967; Rutgers University, Newark,
NJ, USA, 1969.
· Graduate - Master of Arts, Human Behavior, La Jolla University, La Jolla, CA, USA, 1980.
of Philosophy, La Jolla University, La Jolla, CA, USA, 1981, Human
Behavior/Behavioral Psychology. Doctoral
dissertation topic: Pet Facilitated Therapy.
management, business and
leadership training in the U.S.
Army, General Motors Corp., Meridian Securities Corp., The Ethical Hypnosis
Society, Success Motivation Institute, and
Shorin-Ryu Karate, Fudoshin-Ryu Ju-Jitsu, and
Aikido, NJ, USA, since 1960.
scuba diving, NJ, USA, 1962.
Army Advanced Infantry Training, Fort Dix, NJ, 1964.
Army Parachutist School, Fort Benning, GA, USA, 1964.
Representative, National Association of Securities Dealers, USA, 1968.
Jersey Life and
Health Insurance license, USA, 1970.
college/vocational level animal behavior, obedience, tracking, protection and
Handling with Veterinary Perspectives, Dr. Mark Johnson, Wildlife Veterinary
Resources, USA, 1999.
Red Cross Pet First Aid, 1999.
- American College of Forensic Examiners; Animal Behavior Society; Psychologists
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; University of California; Cornell
University; Tufts University; The Delta Society; Animal Behavior Consultants;
Zoological Society of San Diego; Seminars and
contact with humane, animal and
management authorities; literature; more.
work in training and
applied behavioral therapies with personal, client, shelter and
captive animals; in management and
personnel organization, motivation and
in media. Ongoing international applied animal behavior, training and
Arabian National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and
National Wildlife Research Center
Zealand Hydatids and
Dog Control Institute; New Zealand Institute of Animal Control Officers; New
Zealand Companion Animal Conference; Auckland Animal Control Services Limited;
Wellington, Dunedin, Westbury and
Canterbury, NZ Dog Control agencies.
Urban Animal Management National Conference.
Animal Welfare Congress, and the South American Small Animal Veterinarians.
National Animal Control Association, American Dog Owners Association, American
Humane Association, Animal Protection Institute of America, Humane Society of
the U.S., Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
Society of San Diego, Zoological Society of London, American Cancer Society, La
Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, Veterans Hospital, Children's Hospital and
Animal Control Directors Association; California Veterinary Medical Association;
California Rescue Dog Association; Oregon Animal Control Council; Kentucky
Humane Society; Kentucky, Nevada, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, and
Alaska Animal Control Associations.
of California; San Diego State University; Colorado State University; Tufts
University; Chapman University; National University; Palomar College; Mesa
College; San Diego City Schools; Poway Unified School District.
Diego County Department of Animal Control, Los Angeles Animal Care and
Control, Children's Hospital and
Health Center's Canine Care Therapy Program, Canine Companions for Independence,
Greyhound Pets of America, Operation Greyhound, San Diego Dogs For The Deaf,
Ramona Guide Dog Project, various Noise Abatement Bureaus.
Wolf Center, Julian Center for Science and
Education, Julian, CA, USA.
local veterinary, civic, law enforcement, humane/animal control, business, and
Kennel/shelter volunteer worker, animal handler, bather, brusher and
Apprentice dog trainer - behavior, socialization, obedience, tracking, and
Professional practice in all aspects of animal training, applied behavior modification,
captive breeding, counseling, reintroduction, management, and
animal facilitated therapy programs; full-time since 1976. Resident and
visitor animal therapy programs, law enforcement and
guide/service dogs, captive exotics.
Airborne Infantry Operations and
Intelligence Specialist and
Division Operations Specialist (MOS: 11B4P), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell,
KY; Patrol Leader, Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols, 1st Airborne Brigade, 1st
Cavalry Division, Ahn Khay, Republic of Vietnam.
Assistant manager and
contributing editor, "Art's Guide To San Juan" tourist magazine, San Juan, Puerto
Owner/instructor, Cedar Grove Goshin Dojo (Karate and
Ju-Jitsu); dog training and
Public speaker; animal handler and
instructor; technical demonstrations for public and
private groups; animal training and
behavior; staff training.
Field Representative, General Motors Acceptance Corp.; dog training and
Sales Manager, Vulcan Corp.; securities dealer and
insurance analyst, Meridian Securities; investment advisor, insurance and
financial analyst; manager and
staff trainer; Registered Representative, National Association of Securities
Dealers, dog training and
Training animal control, humane, search and
rescue, zoological, wildlife, conservation, naturalist and
law enforcement personnel in animal behavior, handling, training, bite prevention,
safe handling; consultant to zoos, guide/service dog, and
exotic wildlife breeding and
management programs; dog training and
behavior; temperament evaluations. Police and guard dog training.
City of San Diego Dispute Resolutions Officer.
Director, National Wildlife Research Center, Taif, Saudi Arabia. Managed an
international team breeding, managing, transporting and
reintroducing endangered mammals and
avians; advised Saudi Arabia National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and
King Khalid Wildlife Research Center on personnel training, procedures, and
management; drafted and
implemented Saudi Arabian Ranger training; worked with officials to have ranges
respected by local and
nomadic populations; advised Princes on equine training and
husbandry; set up wolf and
other canine programs; worked with Palace guard dogs and
Extensive local, national and
international television and
radio experience. Host of weekly nationally syndicated radio show "Dr.
Dog Talking Animals."
consultant for Children's Hospital and
Health Center of San Diego's Canine Care Therapy Program.
Zoological Society of San Diego Exhibits and Collections Committee.
Director, California Wolf Center.
Hosts U.S. nationally syndicated talk show, "Dr.
Dog Talking Animals" since 1994; WJNO-AM1230, Palm Beach, FL;
WFTL-AM1420, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; WRC-AM980, Silver Springs, MD; KAST-AM1370,
Astoria, OR; WHAS-AM840, Louisville, KY; KNWZ-AM1270, Palm Desert, CA;
KSDO-AM1130, San Diego, CA; KVSD/KCEO-AM1000, Carlsbad, CA; KABC-AM790, Los
Angeles, CA; KFMB-AM760, San Diego, CA; WDVR-FM89.7, Sergeantsville, NJ;
WGR-AM550, Buffalo, NY; KGIL-AM1260, Los Angeles, CA; KFIG-AM1430, Fresno, CA;
WRC-AM980, Washington, DC; KESQ-AM920, Palm Desert, CA; KFRB-FM91.3,
Bakersfield, CA; San Juan, Puerto Rico and
Modesto, CA; New Zealand national radio.
The Learning Channel, international segment; ABC U.S. national
television, "20/20" program; PM Magazine; KFMB-8 San Diego, CA, USA;
KGTV-10 San Diego, CA; KNSD-7/39 San Diego, CA; KUSI-9/51 San Diego, CA;
regional cable stations; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New Zealand national television.
Extensive experience in and out of court. Qualified as an expert witness in animal behavior in many cases. Member, American College of Forensic Examiners. References available upon request.
awards, tributes, plaques, letters, and
trophies from various medical, scholastic, professional, fraternal, humane,
animal, guide/service dog, law enforcement and
civic organizations including New Zealand Animal Control Services, New Zealand
Institute of Animal Control Officers; Saudi Arabia National Commission For
Wildlife Conservation and
Development; England, Australia, and
France; U.S. National Animal Control Association, California Animal Control
Directors' Association; San Diego County Department of Animal Control, Los
Angeles Department of Animal Care and
Control, San Diego City Schools, Greyhound Pets of America, Children's Hospital and
Health Center. One officer credited my
methods with nearly ending dog bites against children in his city.
Bronze Star With "V" Device for Valor in combat; Air Medal for
multiple combat landings in enemy territory; Army Commendation Medal for Merit;
National Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Ribbon; Vietnam Service Ribbon; Good
Conduct Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Parachutist's Badge; Expert Badges;
Secret clearance; letters of commendation and
American College of Forensic Examiners; former Director, American Dog Owners' Association; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; American Legion; Animal Behavior Society; former Advisor, Animal Protection Institute of America; California Rifle and Pistol Association; Children's Hospital and Health Center's Canine Care Therapy Committee; The Delta Society; Gun Owners of America; The International Executive Guild's Who's Who; International Primate Protection League; International Who's Who of Entrepreneurs; former Advisor, La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation; Law Enforcement Alliance of America; MENSA; National Animal Control Association; National Rifle Association; Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; San Diego County Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association; Scientists' Center for Animal Welfare; Second Amendment Foundation; World Wildlife Fund; Zoological Society of San Diego Exhibits and Collections Committee; Member, San Diego County Crime Commission
Bite Safety video and
manual used by law enforcement, humane, animal control, kennel, educational,
veterinary, postal, utility and
boarding facilities here and
Manual for the Saudi Arabian National Wildlife Research Center.
video cassette series covering canine and
feline behavior, learning, socialization, training and
behavior modification techniques.
animal behavior articles in DOG WORLD Magazine; OFF LEAD Magazine; NACA NEWS
Magazine; THE LATHAM LETTER Newsletter; ANIMAL BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS Newsletter; and
several publications by humane societies, animal organizations and
animal departments internationally.
temperament evaluations and
operational procedures for Children's Hospital's Canine Care Therapy Program and
numerous Departments of Animal Control and
Humane Societies nationally and
of popular, topical, informative television and
"Thank you for your outstanding
contribution to the National Animal Welfare Congress…Your professionalism,
attitude and conduct make you most welcome here."
"Delightful blend of humor and
science...one of the most entertaining and
kindest people I know...much of his work is done quietly, without recognition or
"Your advice proved first class. I
wish I had been able to ask you years ago, you made our behaviourist's response
then foolish now. I really value the opinion of one whose superior intelligence
I respect and
whose integrity I am sure of."
"You have exceeded all
"I have received the tape and it
sounds wonderful…I have shared it with our behavioral clinicians and they will
contact you to tighten cooperation. I think that what you are doing is very
important to our society and I would do anything possible to cooperate with you
for those important goals."
ZEALAND: "Thank you sincerely for
your outstanding contribution to the success of the conference…dynamic
academic knowledge, street-wise appeal and
humor mixed with practical experience, motivating and
inspiring all…The Best Dog Control Conference ever held in New Zealand
directly attributable to your presentations…all who criticized the money to
bring you made a special effort to thank me and
stressed the benefits from your vast knowledge…you're THE BEST presenter ever
to address a conference in our field in this country."
"We hold you in great esteem."
PROTECTION INSTITUTE OF AMERICA: "You lived up to all
expectations and superlatives…the greatest crowd-pleaser and meeting-starter alive…combines savvy and street smarts with the radiant
intelligence of a born great teacher."
"Top-notch, scientifically sound
information presented in an entertaining and
sometimes hilarious manner...entertains and
ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION:
"Once again and
as usual, you were the highest rated instructor at the academy."
ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION: "…such positive
feedback…you are a mainstay of our training and it is a real tribute to your professionalism that hard-to-please
Directors request your participation again and again."
ANIMAL CONTROL COUNCIL:
"America's #1 authority on the latest
in animal behavior and
handling…takes lofty concepts and
puts them to work in the field and
shelter." "The best I have listened to…I wish commissioners could
"Extremely informative and
entertaining. Your work with staff has proved invaluable." "Captivates
his audience…if every city had Dr. Dog, animal behavior problems would not
ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION:
"Your seminars rekindled my
enthusiasm…you have made a difference…your video impressed even the most
ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION:
"Your session was the highlight of
the meeting. All feedback very positive…old veteran to new trainee, all wanted
ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION:
"Immensely informative, entertaining and
knowledgeable. Most professional."
RESCUE DOG ASSOCIATION:
"You have a keen insight into the
finer points of canine behavior. It is not often that training methods are
analyzed from the dog's viewpoint. Your special knowledge is greatly
COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY:
"It was a privilege to have you
here…very impressed by your message."
"The knowledge you imparted will
greatly contribute to the safe handling of dog problems in our community. Your
materials represent some of the most creditable that I have reviewed."
BURLINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY:
"Thank you for the tremendous,
ingenious workshop and
the knowledge you shared in your terrific presentation! The entire conference
was worth the trip just to hear you."
"All of us learned a great deal and
feel fortunate to have been able to attend."
"You have made a great impact upon me
the thousands of school students I have shared your techniques with…it works!
I have seen a remarkable decrease in dog bites…many injuries and
lives will be spared by your research."
DIEGO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CONTROL: "Your insights into animal
behavior have proven invaluable. Thank you for your professional training skills
and overwhelming knowledge of animals and animal behavior."
SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO:
"…very impressed with your high
professionalism, knowledge and
skill in animal behavior
DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT:
informative…We will all benefit…I sincerely thank you."
PETS OF AMERICA:
"Thanks to your selflessness,
Woofstock '97 was a tremendous success. We greatly appreciate your generosity
with your time and
"Thank you so much for the best
program we have had at the Wolf Center! Everyone on the staff told me it was
excellent…made them want to go out and
see the wolves! I was riveted, and
it takes a lot to keep me seated!"
OF GUELPH, CANADA:
"You answered many questions about
the direction of animal behaviour…I have approached many groups regarding a
"Thank you for a really fine program.
I hope you'll come again."
OF SAN DIEGO:
"The students thoroughly enjoyed your
talk, and the insight into the real world of applied animal behavior you
provided went a long way in clarifying the theoretical and ethical issues about
which they could only read."
"You embody a unique combination of
common sense. Would that there were more trainers who think as you do."
DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY:
"Your lecture was really informative and
we all learned new and
valuable facts. We hope you will consider returning."
"Keep up the good work on bite
"I found your approach to be a good
one. I will continue to refer cases and
look forward to interactions with you."
"…magnetized my students and
myself…I have had many lecturers but none has ever compared to this man who
galvanizes his audiences…his mixtures of facts with humor are riveting."
"Your gifts of insight, compassion and
unrivaled speaking excellence have added enormous dimensions to my students'
"You truly captivated both audiences,
child alike…they were riveted on you and
hanging on your every word. Yours was clearly one of our most well-received
assemblies." "You were wonderful and
we have heard nothing but positive feedback from children, staff and
"Once again and as usual, you were the highest rated instructor at the 1993 National
Animal Control Association's training academy."
NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
"You lived up to all
expectations and superlatives and then some....the greatest crowd-handler and meeting-starter
alive....combines savvy and street smarts with the radiant intelligence of a born great teacher.
Once you spoke, all were in a great mood and the whole weekend went very well indeed."
ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
"Noted behaviorist and lecturer Dennis Fetko, Ph.D., outlines solutions to the most common
complaints....an alternative to
surrender....keeps the dog with
the family....author of many articles and audio and video cassette training
tapes....qualified in criminal and civil courts as an
expert....every city should have Dr. Dog."
HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
you for your Stress Management
expertise...a valuable, helpful experience...I received many favorable comments
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
listened to one of your workshops. It
was outstanding. It should be set up to televise! Great interaction!"
HSUS ANIMAL CARE EXPO '96
scientifically sound information presented in an entertaining and sometimes hilarious
manner...entertains and educates...excellent
DOG FANCY Magazine
Jolla University is approved to operate as a degree-granting institution in
California pursuant to California Education Code Section 94310(a)....their
curriculum was consistent in quality with that of accredited institutions and
that the achievement of students was comparable to that of students from
CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR POSTSECONDARY AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
"Your presentations were
extremely informative and entertaining.
Your work with staff has proved invaluable. You made countless gestures of gratitude possible and we are sincerely grateful." "He
captivates his audience....If every city had Dr. Dog animal behavior problems
would not exist....educating and entertaining."
KENTUCKY HUMANE SOCIETY
"We always get positive
feedback from your sessions....you're a mainstay of our training conferences and its a real tribute to your
professionalism that these hard-to-please Directors request your participation
again and again."
CALIFORNIA ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION
"Dr. Fetko is America's #1
authority on the latest in animal behavior and handling.
He takes lofty Ivory Tower concepts and puts them to work in the field and shelter." "The best I have listened to....practical....rejuvenating....have
Dr. Fetko back....staff can't stop talking about you....a big hit!"
OREGON ANIMAL CONTROL COUNCIL
animal control career spans 13 years. Your seminars have rekindled my
enthusiasm...You have made a difference...Your video impressed even the most
hardened veterans. Please keep spreading the word."
ALASKA ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
session was the highlight of the meeting. All feedback very positive...the old
veteran to the new trainee all wanted more." KENTUCKY ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
GEORGIA ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
CALIFORNIA RESCUE DOG ASSOC.
"It was a privilege to have
you...my board members have all expressed appreciation and were very impressed by your message."
COWLITZ COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
knowledge you imparted will greatly contribute to the safe handling of dog
problems in our community. Your
materials represent some of the most creditable that I have reviewed."
EVERETT, WASHINGTON ANIMAL CONTROL
"Thank you for the
tremendous, informative and ingenious workshop and for the knowledge you shared in
your terrific presentation! The
entire conference was well worth the trip just to hear you."
HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER BURLINGTON
"All of us learned a great
deal and feel fortunate to attend."
SHASTA COUNTY SHERIFF
made a great impact upon the thousands of school students
I've shared your techniques with...It works! I've seen a remarkable decrease in dog bites throughout our
city...many injuries and lives will be spared by your research."
"Your insights into animal
behavior and the related impact on employee job performance have proven invaluable.
Thank you for your professional training skills, overwhelming knowledge
of animals and animal behavior, and participation in our safety and training program.
You have been commended by our staff for your contributions and assistance." SAN DIEGO
COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CONTROL
"...very impressed with your
high professionalism, knowledge and skill in animal
behavior...communication skill is especially important talent...expertise with
elephants and cheetahs...impressive understanding of domestic and wild species...exemplifies high
standards of professionalism and integrity..."
ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
"Your presentation was
interesting, informative and entertaining. We will all
benefit from what we learned...I sincerely thank you..."
SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
for your expertise!"
RAMONA GUIDE DOG PROJECT
to your help we rescued stolen pets targeted for sales to laboratories.”
LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, CANADA
"...you answered many
questions about the direction of animal behavior and the people involved. I
have approached many groups regarding a lecture tour of Australia..."
MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA
"Thank you for a really fine
(behavior and training) program.
I hope you'll come and teach again for us."
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
attended your lecture at UC Riverside. I can't find the right words to tell you
how much I enjoyed your lecture, not to mention how much I learned."
"You embody a unique
combination of expertise and common sense and I salute your efforts. Would
that more trainers thought as you do."
"Thanks for doing such a superb job - everything I've heard is
positive and I hope we can do something next
year. You handled both the students
and Dr. L very well and gave him a sense of cooperation,
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
you for the presentation...The class really enjoyed it.
Your lecture was really informative and we all learned new and valuable facts. We hope
you will consider returning in future semesters." SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
up the good work on bite prevention."
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
found your approach to be a good one. I
will continue to refer cases to you and look forward to interactions with you to come."
"For an hour and a half Dr. Fetko magnetized my
students and myself...I have many guest lecturers but none has ever compared to this
man who galvanizes his audiences...presents a spellbinding education.
His mixture of facts with humor are riveting and I join my students in saying they would deeply appreciate his
"This is to express my
gratitude and deep respect for your remarkable
contributions to National University's Communications program; specifically
Effective Communication and Executive Presentations. In
eight years of our professional association, your gifts of insight, compassion and unrivaled speaking excellence have added enormous dimensions to my
students' learning experience."
"I've produced talk shows
for 5 years and have always known Dr. Fetko to be a fantastic guest...great sense of
humor, incredible knowledge of canine behavior, adapts well to any
hosts...highly recommend him to be a guest on any talk show from California to
Maine and all points in between." KVSD-AM 1000
conduct was very professional. But
more than your conduct was your outstanding presentation.
You amuse and entertain while informing…Your
sense of humor and warmth came across no matter how
technical your message. Your
enthusiasm also impressed sponsors...pleased with the results they achieved when
you voiced their commercial spots. I
am pleased to have worked with you.”
are without a doubt one of the best guests I have ever had the pleasure of
interviewing on any subject. About
dog psychology and problems, you are Number One in
the universe. I can't tell you the
superb feedback I received following your appearance on WJNO...I want you
back." WJNO-AM 1230
Dog scored a major success on NEWSTALK...remarkable testament to your
extraordinary skills...realize the loyal following you have developed.
Fans appreciate an amazingly knowledgeable and sensitive communicator." KNWZ-AM 1270
"...focus group thought you
were great...majority of viewers likely to tune in to see you again and can relate their own pet stories to what you say...a draw to the
"Greetings and gratitude for your gracious donation of time and your continued high standards as
an educator and radio performer. " WRC-AM
WGR-AM, Buffalo, NY; KCEO-AM,
Carlsbad, CA; KGIL-AM, Los Angeles, CA; WHAS-TV,
Louisville, KY; WLKY-AM,
Louisville, KY; KFIG-AM, Fresno, CA; WDVR-AM,
Sergeantsville, NJ; WRC,
Washington, DC; KESQ-AM, Palm
Desert, CA; and
198 FM, Auckland, New Zealand.
Fetko has also been featured or quoted in The Reader's Digest, Dog World
Magazine, Dog Fancy Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego
Union-Tribune, The New Zealand
Herald, The Macon, GA Telegraph and
News, The Escondido, CA Times-Advocate, The Longview, WA Daily News, The
Louisville, KY Oldham Era, The San Diego Sentinel, The Poway Guardian, The
Rancho Bernardo News, The San Diego County Reader, The North County Times, and
were good but DR. DOG has it hands down. He
was incredible! I could have sat there for hours. He is one of the best speakers I've ever heard."
SINCE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF COMPLIMENTS ARE VERBAL, THIS IS ONLY A
SMALL SAMPLE. VERIFYING
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Colorado State University Veterinary School has behaviorists on faculty.
Despite substantial costs,
they had Dr. Fetko conduct the first Applied Animal Behavior presentations to
their freshman and
graduating senior classes. He was
paid, highly acclaimed, and
Dr. Fetko has taught Animal Behavior at the National Animal Control
Association's official NACA 100 academy since its inception.
Officers who successfully complete it are granted credits at the
University of Missouri. He is
consistently chosen top presenter.
Three University of California campuses requested Dr. Fetko to conduct
Animal Behavior classes. He did so
at San Diego and
Riverside, was paid, and
was invited back.
San Diego State University asked Dr. Fetko to present a "Topics in
Veterinary Medicine" class. He
received very complimentary responses and
was asked to return.
The California Animal Control Directors Association repeatedly had Dr.
Fetko present Animal Behavior and
Bite Prevention Safety at several annual conferences.
He was paid and
always asked to return.
The Zoological Society of San Diego has credentialled animal behaviorists
on staff but asked Dr. Fetko to testify on their behalf before a California
State Senate Hearing. The Chair
Senator called his input the clearest, most lucid and
most valuable and
said "this man should have opened our hearings."
The Zoological Society of San Diego recommended Dr. Fetko to manage the
Saudi Arabian National Wildlife Research Center when it shipped captive bred
Arabian Oryx to Saudi Arabia for reintroduction.
The California Veterinary Medical Association had Dr. Fetko present an
Animal Behavior session at their annual conference.
He received very complimentary reviews.
Noted veterinarian, behaviorist and
author Dr. Michael W. Fox wrote very complimentary comments on Dr. Fetko's 1981
doctoral thesis, "Pet Facilitated Therapy."
Dr. Randall Lockwood, behaviorist and
Humane Society of the United States Vice President, requested Dr. Fetko's
assistance with the Justin McCarthy case, the largest animal abuse case in the
country. Thanks to Dr. Fetko, Mr.
McCarthy was convicted.
After hearing many behaviorists, the American Animal Protection Institute
invited Dr. Fetko to join their National Advisory Board as their behaviorist.
Despite familiarizing themselves with several behaviorists and
the tremendous cost to do so, the New Zealand Dog Control Conference brought Dr.
Fetko in to conduct Animal Behavior and
Bite Safety programs at their conference. He
was paid, given rave reviews, and brought back.
At great expense, Dr. Fetko was brought to Brazil to address the first
Animal Welfare Congress ever held in that country.
He was then brought back to address the South American Veterinary
Congress, and received rave reviews. He
has been invited back for a third visit.
When San Diego Children's Hospital And Health Center decided to add a
Canine Care Therapy program to its renowned facility, they asked Dr. Fetko to
design the comportment, behavioral, and
qualifying temperament evaluation aspects of it.
The program is a raging success; there has not been a single negative dog
event since its inception, and
he was granted the coveted Volunteer Of The Year award.
Numerous Departments of Animal Control and
Humane Societies across several countries use Dr. Fetko's temperament evaluation
with great success. His evaluation
methods have proven accurate over decades.
Various kennel clubs, law enforcement agencies, canine search and
rescue units, breed clubs, service dog organizations, and
other sophisticated handlers and
trainers add to Dr. Fetko's impressive portfolio and
So many local, regional and
national animal organizations asked Dr. Fetko to present his Field Officer Bite
Safety program that he rendered it to video/print format in 1987.
The program is now used in at least forty-two states and
There is documented evidence that Dr. Fetko's methods of handling and
evaluation have produced marked dog bite decreases.
Dr. Fetko has repeatedly qualified in criminal and
civil courts as an expert on animal behavior, including in capital cases.
The major portion of Dr. Fetko's clients are professional referrals.
Dr. Fetko has directly handled over 100,000 animals in his decades-long
full time training and
on Dr. Dennis Fetko
"On a number of occasions
you have taken the time to outline and explain psychological aspects of dog behavior that have been valuable
to me and my staff in our dealings with
dogs here at the clinic...without exception, your advice and recommendations have been accurate, successful and willingly given. Our discussions
have led me to firmly believe that information on the behavioral and psychological make-up of dogs is lacking and such knowledge would be beneficial to all those who must work with
dogs." A.N., DVM
like to commend you on your work...I'm personally excited about your
field...such a professional approach to behavior modification and dog training has been sorely lacking."
"The guest speakers were all
good, but DR. DOG has it hands down. That man taught me more in an hour and a half about dogs and humans communicating than I've learned in 26 years. He was incredible!
I could have sat there for hours and listened to him. After class
that night I wanted to go out and buy a dog. As a speaker, he is
one of the best I've ever heard. You never knew what to expect from him
"I learned something about
my dog by listening to DR. DOG. I always wondered why the dog seemed intimidated
by me....now I understand that my posture was sending one signal and my tone of voice was sending a totally different message. I no longer
stand over my dog....the dog's behavior is now more relaxed."
"The speaker, DR. DOG, was a
real treat. He was very well spoken and quite an interesting person to
listen to. It was too bad he couldn't have had more time. I really got a wealth
of information from him on communications and I know there must be a lot
are still amazed by all we have learned in the past weeks...Thank you for caring
enough to have developed such a program."
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