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CCPDT in the News


To give a voice to dog training professionals across the U.S. regarding the adoption of dog trainer licensing legislation, APDT and CCPDT created The Alliance for Professionalism in Dog Training to advocate for the advancement of dog training as a profession. In support of this effort, we have launched a new Alliance website, where you can review the Model Legislation on Licensure of Dog Trainers, read the FAQs, and volunteer to be a local advocate. We encourage you to send your feedback and questions to so we can consider your input as we move forward. 

By CCPDT Board of Directors

The pandemic has had striking effects on the $8.1 billion pet industry with dog trainers turning to video sessions to work with pets and their owners. CCPDT Executive Director Bradley Phifer weighs in on the use of virtual training among CCPDT certified professionals.

By John Hanc, The New York Times

In this episode of her Drinking from the Toilet podcast, Hannah speaks with Bradley Phifer, executive director of CCPDT, to discuss the process of certifying professional dog trainers and the advantages of certification. Brad shares where the CCPDT stands on regulation in the training industry, why, and what they are doing about it.

By Hannah Branigan, Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training Podcast

As CCPDT celebrates its 20th anniversary and nears 5,000 certified dog training professionals around the world, Bradley Phifer, executive director of the CCPDT, discusses the future of the industry. Brad talks about the significance of CCPDT’s credentials in an unregulated industry, model legislation for consumer protection, and the extensive experience range among CCPDT’s certified dog professionals.

By The Modern Dog Trainer Podcast

The 8 Best Online Dog Training Certification Programs of 2020

One of the most well-known online certification exams is the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Though not an online class, this certification exam allows you to take assessments to prove your abilities after you’ve completed your online training courses. The test is highly marketable and well-respected in the industry, so it’s a great way to stand out against the competition and help your clients feel confident in your dog training skills.

By Ashley Knierim, The Spruce Pets

Meet the Team of Dogs Rescuing Koalas Injured in Australia’s Fires

Watch Steve Austin, CCPDT board member, and his three special canines, Tommy, Emma and Becky, as they searched scorched land for injured but still living koalas.

By CBS News

The Best Dog Breeds for Apartment and Condo Living

CCPDT board member Beth Mullen shares her recommendations for breeds that thrive in smaller quarters—and the good reasons why.

By Zee Krstic,


Most dogs could benefit from working with a trainer. We have some tips for finding someone who will work with what you and your pet need.

By Kaitlyn Wells, The New York Times


CCPDT Certificants in the News

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The Human-Animal Bond: Easing Anxiety for Our Dogs & Ourselves

We know social connections are critical to our personal well-being, and the same holds true for our dogs. They, like us, are a social and cooperative species and, also like us, require social interactions. According to Matthew D. Lieberman in his book, Social, the mammalian brain “[has] evolved to experience threats to social connections the same way they experience physical pain.”

By Vivian Zottola, The Bark

Experts Advise Pet Owners to Start Planning Now to Prevent Separation Anxiety Post-Quarantine

To avoid putting your pet in distress, and to protect your home from destructive behavior, Janelle Metiva, CPDT-KA, a dog behavior specialist at Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, has created a plan to help pet owners prepare their dogs for the time when humans start to transition back to pre-quarantine life.

By Kelli Bender,

Fostering a Pet During the Coronavirus Pandemic? We Tried Virtual Dog Training for a New Pup

Ian Stone, CPDT-KA, of Simpawtico Dog Training helps a first time dog foster through the basics.

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis,

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