Farm girls learn to drive tractors early on.
Working in the garden.
About Farpoints Farm
We are a small "hobby" farm in Spokane, WA. We have a flock of sheep that keep the grasses down, and thus the fire danger. They provide us with an annual crop of lambs which we sell for meat. Our hens provide us with a variety of colorful eggs and do a great job of pest control.
We practice rotational grazing, having the sheep graze almost all of the vegetation in an area down before we move them on to another. The hens have free range privileges of the property. They are great at following the sheep and picking the ground clean of pests in varying stages of development.
Wildlife abounds, the days follow the rhythms of nature and the seasons, the night skies are full of stars. We are lucky enough! And then there are the dogs and the grandkids!
Christine is a trainer and behavior consultant. What does that mean? From their web site: "The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), established in 2001, is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession."
"The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. What does it mean that a test is psychometrically sound?" All of our teacher friends will recognize this: "A sound examination meets two important criteria: validity and reliability. Validity is the term for ensuring that the examination covers what it should cover. That's the process of item reviews and examination reviews described above. Reliability refers to the consistent performance of the examination over time. A reliable examination is one in which, if you were to have two groups of test takers who are similar in background and experience take the same examination, their scores would be the same. The reliability coefficient on the last examination was 0.95, which demonstrates high reliability."
Christine is a certified trainer - both knowledge and skills assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a certified behavior consultant canine - knowledge assessed (CBCC-KA).
"As of January 2016, there were 2,615 CPDT-KAs worldwide. At that same time there were 145 CPDT-KSAs worldwide. And as of January 2016, there are 126 CBCC-KAs worldwide."
When deciding on a trainer for your canine companions here are some thoughts from the CCPDT web site: "A couple of things should raise a red flag in your assessment. If the trainer focuses on a model of dominance and submission-using language like "dominant" and "alpha" -- or uses primarily punishment based methods, that trainer doesn't meet the standards of science-based training."