The Central Aroostook Kennel Club

Past Events

Intro to Rally


October 2009 Group walk at Nordic Center



Traci Halvorson


Dr.Mark Hanks


In November 2008, the CAKC offered a seminar with Dr. Mark Hanks, who is a DVM and founder of the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, Maine. The topics were: “Helping Your Dog Age Gracefully” and “Using Acupuncture to Help Your Pet”.


As a veterinarian for 20 years, Dr. Hanks has been inundated with products and diets that promise wonders for your pet. In “Helping Your Pet Age Gracefully”,

Dr. Hanks focused on claims about Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants and the science behind the claims. He also discussed the most important indicators of longevity in pets.


In “Using Acupuncture to Help Your Pet”, Dr. Hanks discussed his use of acupuncture for some of his clients for a variety of problems, including pain management and anxiety disorders. For those looking to avoid the side effects of medications or to understand some of the principles behind this ancient method of balancing the body and providing good pain control, this was the lecture to attend.


Don Hanson

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine, where he is also the Director of Behavior Counseling and Training.

He and his staff teach as many as 17 dog training classes per week, helping people and their canine companions become best friends for life. 

As a pet behavior counselor, Don also assists guardians and their dogs and cats with behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression. 

A certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, Don tests dog and guardian teams who wish to bring canine companionship to nursing homes and hospitals.


Karen Thurlow-Kimball– Ttouch

Ttouch is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence - a little like "turning on the electric lights of the body."

The TTouch is done on the entire body, and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therefore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the healing of injuries or ailments, or changing undesirable habits or behavior.

The Tellington TTouch is a specialized approach to the care and training of our animal companions. Developed by internationally recognized animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, this method based on cooperation and respect offers a positive approach to training, can improve performance and health and presents solutions to common behavioral and physical problems. It also helps establish a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.

Using a combination of specific touches, lifts, and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. This allows the animal to be handled without provoking typical fear responses. The animal can then more easily learn new and more appropriate behaviors. By using the TTouch and a variety of other tools, like the Confidence Course, you can assist the animal in experiencing self-confidence in previously frightening situations. Even the most difficult problems are often eliminated. You can also learn how to apply the Tellington TTouch to assist with recovery from illness or injury, or just enhance the quality of your animal's life.


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