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Nikki Ivey of DogSpeak launches supervisor certification program
    NASHVILLE, TN, April 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Pet care is a multimillion dollar industry, which thrived even during America's most recent recession. Dog daycares make up a large part of that industry. Nikki Ivey of DogSpeak has created an in-depth course for dog daycare staff to become certified supervisors.

The purpose of the certification is to not only train daycare staff to understand dog language and communication, but also aims to help business owners generate more business.

"Proper staff training is imperative to not only ensure dog daycares are safe environments, but also to ensure appropriate behaviors are being rewarded, and inappropriate behaviors are being extinguished. This program will challenge daycare staff to be more knowledgeable of how dogs communicate and interact, and will allow staff to help dogs become healthier, more well-mannered dogs," says Ivey, who opened the first dog daycare in Middle Tennessee.

She adds, "All dogs can benefit from dog daycare, regardless of size, temperament and age. However, in order for dogs to get the full benefit of daycare, they need trained staff leading them. Daycare should be more than a babysitting service. It should enhance a dog's life."

The course can be taken online at, or can be done onsite in your facility. Cost varies depending on the needs of the facility and on the number of employees being trained.

Ivey has also published a new book that goes along with the certification program. Though it is required reading for students, Ivey recommends it for anyone who works with dogs or who takes their dog to a daycare facility. The book, Dog Daycare: A Supervisor's Training Guide, is currently available on Amazon. offers a variety of online pet-related classes for pet care professionals, rescues and owners.

Nikki Ivey is a professional trainer and behavioral consultant who has been training dogs and their owners for almost 20 years. Ivey uses positive training methods to clearly communicate expectations to dogs, and teaches them "real life manners" by allowing them to think for themselves. She has published multiple books for owners, businesses and rescue organizations, and offers regular seminars. In addition to teaching, Ivey has been a handler for KlaasKids, Inc. and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and is a case manager for Polly Center.

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