DR. DENNIS FETKO
Recognition of the Animal Behavior
Skills of Dennis Fetko, Ph.D
NEW ZEALAND :
"Thank you sincerely for your outstanding
contribution to the success of the conference....dynamic academic knowledge, streetwise
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 for organizing your trip and stressed the benefits from your vast knowledge....You're
THE BEST presenter ever to address a conference in our field in this country. I still
receive compliments about the quality and content of the one and only Dr. Fetko's
Seminars." "We gained valuable information from the dynamic Dr.
Fetko....outstanding....informative, motivating, and thoroughly enjoyable."
"Tushka has been an angel since we adopted the Fetko approach. Thank you so
"Your advice proved first class and my problem is
no longer. 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."
"I was overawed by the quality of your
presentations....you have my greatest respect. We need you again."
"You have exceeded all expectations."
THE NETHERLANDS :
"...I read about your Bite Prevention Video for animal control officers. I would be
very grateful if you would send me a copy."
SAUDI ARABIA :
"We hold you in great esteem."
"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
"Thank you for your outstanding contribution to the National Welfare Congress...Your
professional, attitude and conduct make you most welcome here."
*** NATIONAL ***
NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION :
"Once again and as usual, you were the highest rated instructor at the 1993
National Animal Control Association's training academy."
ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE OF AMERICA :
"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."
HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES :
"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
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY :
"Thank you for your Stress Management expertise....a valuable, helpful
experience.....I received many favorable comments afterwards."
ANIMAL CARE EXPO '96 :
"I listened to one of your workshops. It was outstanding. It should be set up to
televise! Great interaction!"
DOG FANCY Magazine :
"...top-notch, scientifically sound information presented in an entertaining
sometimes hilarious manner...entertains and educates...excellent information."
*** STATE ***
CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR POSTSECONDARY AND
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION :
"La 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 accredited institutions."
KENTUCKY HUMANE SOCIETY :
"Your presentations were extremely informative and entertaining. Your work with
staff has proved invaluable. You made countless gestures of gratitude possible
are sincerely grateful." "He captivates his audience....If every city had Dr.
Dog animal behavior problems would not exist....educating and entertaining."
CALIFORNIA ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTORS'
"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."
OREGON ANIMAL CONTROL COUNCIL :
"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!"
ALASKA ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION :
"My 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."
KENTUCKY ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION :
"....your session was the highlight of the meeting. All feedback very positive....the
old veteran to the new trainee all wanted more."
GEORGIA ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION :
"immensely informative, entertaining and knowledgeable. Most
professional....captured your attention, making it easy to absorb the great
CALIFORNIA RESCUE DOG ASSOC. :
"You have a keen insight into the finer points of canine behavior. It's not often
that training methods are analyzed from the dog's viewpoint. Your special knowledge is
greatly appreciated. It will be invaluable in training and developing that special bond
so important to the success of a Search And Rescue dog team."
COWLITZ COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY :
"It was a privilege to have you....my board members have all expressed
appreciation...and were very impressed by your message."
EVERETT, WASHINGTON ANIMAL CONTROL :
"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
HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER BURLINGTON :
"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."
SHASTA COUNTY SHERIFF :
"All of us learned a great deal and feel fortunate to attend."
BELLFLOWER, CA :
"You've 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."
SAN DIEGO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL
"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
ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO :
"....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...."
SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT :
"Your presentation was interesting, informative and entertaining. We will all
benefit from what we learned....I sincerely thank you...."
RAMONA GUIDE DOG PROJECT :
"Thanks for your expertise!"
LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS :
"Thanks to your help we rescued stolen pets targeted for sales to laboratories."
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, CANADA :
MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA :
"....you answered many questions about the direction of animal behavior and the
people involved. I have approached many groups regarding a lecture tour of
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA :
"Thank you for a really fine (behavior and training) program. I hope you'll come
and teach again for us."
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY :
"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,
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY :
"Thank 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."
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY :
"Keep up the good work on bite prevention."
TUFTS UNIVERSITY :
"I found your approach to be a good one. I will continue to refer cases to you
look forward to interactions with you to come."
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY :
"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 return."
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY :
"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."
*** MEDIA ***
KVSD-AM 1000 :
"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."
KSDO-AM 1130 :
"Your conduct was very professional. But more than your conduct was your outstanding
presentation. You amuse and entertain while informing
..Your sense of humor
warmth came across no matter how technical your message. Your enthusiasm also impressed
.pleased with the results they achieved when you voiced their commercial
spots. I am pleased to have worked with you."
WJNO-AM 1230 :
"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."
KNWZ-AM 1270 :
"'Dr. 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."
"....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. "
Also 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.
Dr. Fetko has also been featured or quoted in the
following publications: 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 and others.
"Speakers 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." * "DR. DOG was a real treat....too bad he couldn't have more
time." * "I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your lecture, not to mention how
much I learned." * "DR. DOG was a very dynamic speaker." * "Have Dr.
Fetko back." * "Fetko really fired us up and got everybody saying 'feed us
more.'" * "Your methods are the first I've heard that don't make my stomach
'ache' and actually make sense to me and my pet! Thank you for making my present
future pets and my family happier, safer and healthier because of your message."
* "Thanks for your superb radio show. I've been an avid listener for over a year. You
perform an important service educating us in behaviors of our companion animals."
** SINCE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF COMPLIMENTS ARE
VERBAL, THIS IS ONLY A SMALL SAMPLE. VERIFYING MATERIALS ON FILE **
RECOGNITION OF THE
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR SKILLS
OF DENNIS FETKO, Ph.D.
* Colorado State University Veterinary School has
credentialed behaviorists on faculty. Despite substantial costs, they asked Dr. Fetko to
conduct the first Applied Animal Behavior presentations to their freshman and graduating
senior classes. He was paid, highly acclaimed and invited back.
* 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. He was paid and 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 Arabia for
* The California Veterinary Medical Association asked Dr. Fetko to 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 directly to Dr. Fetko Mr. McCarthy was convicted.
* After hearing virtually all known 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,
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
* 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 behavioral
aspects 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 this and other
countries use Dr. Fetko's temperament evaluation and report outstanding success. His
evaluation methods have proven accurate in dozens of years used.
* 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 accolades.
* So many local, regional and national animal organizations asked to repeatedly receive
Dr. Fetko's Field Officer Bite Safety program that he rendered it to video/print format in
1987. The program is now used in thirty-eight states and six countries.
* 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.
* A 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 behavioral career.
OVERWHELMING INPUT PROVES THAT NATIONAL ANIMAL
ORGANIZATIONS; VETERINARY SCHOOLS, GROUPS AND PRACTITIONERS; MAJOR HUMANE SOCIETIES; CREDENTIALLED BEHAVIORISTS; GOVERNMENT COMMITTEES; JUDGES;
AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED,
SOPHISTICATED ANIMAL EXPERTS AND PROFESSIONALS HOLD DR. FETKO'S KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS,
EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS IN VERY HIGH REGARD.
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