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    Getting CPDT Certified....

    Who all in here is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and how did you get the certification? I was looking at this school, and was wondering if anyone in here knows anything about it, or is there other options for training at home. The thing I liked best is it's at your own pace, you have a mentor that helps you through the school, and requires you do do some volunteer work at a local shelter of your choosing. Any thoughts?

    http://animalbehaviorcollege.com/index.asp?
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    Re: Getting CPDT Certified....

    TooneyDogs is a CPDT, so may be better qualified to answer your question, but I've heard good and bad things of ABC. Good in that it provides a contact for internship, but bad in that the education is basic. Another thing to consider is that I do not believe ABC courses earn you CEU's towards a CPDT. Other schools do. Here's an example of one school that does: http://www.casinstitute.com/index.html

    There are many other schools worth considering but if you have the time and the desire to be a dog trainer, Jean Donaldson's school (http://www.sfspca.org/academy/index.shtml) has kicked many a dog trainer's arse.

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    Re: Getting CPDT Certified....

    Cool....

    Also, I wasn't even thinking about the search function, and did a couple searches after I posted this thread, and gathered some info there as well. But all comments are welcome.. Thanks again CP.....


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    Re: Getting CPDT Certified....

    I worked as an apprentice at the local dog training club (all volunteer) in each of the classes (puppy, beginners, intermediate and advanced (competition). After apprenticing for about 6 months in each, I took over as an instructor (starting with puppy) for about 2 years each...actually, I liked the puppy classes so much I did those for about 3 years.
    After 5 years as an instructor I was eligible to take the CPDT test.
    In the meantime, I read all the recommended test materials and books from the APDT and tried to catch every local seminar on dog behavior/dog training. The seminars are not cheap. If I remember correctly, Jean Donaldson was about $175 a day and I could only afford 1 days worth at the time.
    I am also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

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    Re: Getting CPDT Certified....

    Cool, thanks......


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    Re: Getting CPDT Certified....

    Check out www.ccpdt.com
    You can read all about it and even find CEU seminars and workshops. From what I understand, you don't need CEU's to become a CPDT but you do need them to recertify every 3yrs.

    http://www.ptcny.com/clients/CCPDT/i...cationRequest1
    Eligibility
    1. At least 300 hours experience in dog training within the last five years. Two hundred twenty-five (225) hours or 75% of experience must be actual teaching hours (group class, private lessons) as a ‘Head Trainer’ or Instructor. Seventy-five (75) hours or 25% of experience can be in other related areas such as working with shelter animals, assisting in classes, working as a veterinarian technician or grooming (bather position not applicable). Occasionally, it has been necessary to verify the experience of a candidate, even after passing the examination. It is advised that a document listing your experience with names and contact information be kept in a safe place for future verification.
    2. A high school diploma or equivalent).
    3. One reference from each of the following:
    o Veterinarian
    o Client
    o Colleague
    4. Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Examination for Pet Dog Trainers.
    5. Signing and filing the CCPDT Code of Ethics.
    6. Payment of required fee.
    Not sure how close you are to Sequim, WA but Terry Ryan offers/hosts a variety of courses and workshops for instructors.
    http://www467.pair.com/legcan/pages/workshops.php
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