Are you a veterinarian or vet tech?
A dog breeder?
Do you work at a humane society or shelter?
Do you volunteer at a rescue group?
Are you a pet sitter or dog walker?
If so, you’re probably asked on a regular basis whether you can recommend a good dog trainer. In fact, animal-industry professionals are often the primary sources of referrals for dog trainers.
Naturally, who you refer to is important, both for your client and for you. Your client needs competent help to solve a training problem, and your client’s experience with the referred trainer—good or bad—may affect your professional reputation. But because dog training is an unregulated industry without licensing or mandatory education requirements, it can be difficult to tell who has the requisite knowledge of animal behavior and science-based training methods to help your client.
Refer with confidence
Take the guesswork out of referrals by sending your clients to certificants from the CCPDT, the world’s only independent testing and certification organization for dog trainers and dog behavior consultants.
Look for these letters:
CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)
CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Skills Assessed)
CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed)
Why refer to a certified dog trainer?
The CCPDT certifications tell you a number of things about the dog training professionals who hold them:
- Proven skills and knowledge of humane, science-based dog training
- The drive and determination to successfully complete a rigorous exam process
- A commitment to a strict ethical code for personal and business conduct
- A commitment to continuing education and professional development
- A commitment to enhancing the dog training profession