Dogs Rock! Vermont is proud to announce that Laurie has become certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Laurie is incredibly proud of this achievement and has been working towards this accreditation process for the past two years. Certificants must follow a strict code of ethics, which Laurie feels strongly reflects her morals and values as a dog trainer. Laurie’s goal is to always give her clients the most up-to-date, knowledgable, effective and humane dog training techniques available.
Until the creation of the CCPDT in 2001, there was no true certification process for canine professionals. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certifications for their specific programs. These certificates, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for “certification.” These canine professionals are not monitored to ensure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration nor is the testing process standardized.
This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the first comprehensive examination. Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) was hired to ensure the process met professional testing standards. APDT then create a separate, independent council – The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers – to manage the accreditation and pursue further development.
Graduates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed and may use the designation “CPDT-KA” after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to maintain their designations or take the examination again every three years.
Laurie is looking forward to continuing her education in dog training as well as canine learning theory. She is currently enrolled in canine courses through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and will be attending the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo in March 2017. Check out Laurie’s Dog Professional Profile!!!