Letter from the editor, December 2016


It’s been a busy couple of months over here at the CCPDT! As we shift into the winter months, strategic partnerships are a priority.

Board President Bradley Phifer and I attended the APDT annual conference where we were able to meet and greet both current and future certificants. We were impressed with the knowledge that people had about the CCPDT and with how many people were excited about upcoming testing periods. We also had the opportunity to meet with some of the leaders in the dog training industry, and are excited about what the future holds for the CCPDT.

Just one short week after the APDT conference, I had the chance to travel to the Camp Bow Wow annual owners’ conference to meet with certificant Erin Askeland, CPDT-KA, who is doing big things with this fantastic corporation. Erin has created a training curriculum for all incoming Camp Bow Wow trainers that follows the Humane Hierarchy and promotes education and industry standards for trainers who train within the organization. Together, we are working hard to make a push for all Camp Bow Wow trainers to work towards becoming CCPDT certified within the first year of their employment at Camp Bow Wow!

What else is going on with the CCPDT? As we gear up for the new year, we’re revamping our Certificant Benefit Package, and working towards more community outreach for the dog owning public! Read on for more information about our upgraded Certificant Benefit Package, and check out the awesome benefit that one of our partners, Petplan Pet Insurance, is offering to certificants!

With that said, we at the CCPDT would like to wish you all a safe and prosperous holiday season filled with friends, family, and of course, our favorite dogs! And since we know it can be a trying time for you and your dogs, we invite you to cheack out this article put out by the CCPDT about mitigating holiday stressors!

And Certificants, we want to hear from you! Have you been featured somewhere that we should know about? Are you spreading the word about certification standards in dog training? Do you have a voice, but need a venue? We are always looking for feature stories for Facebook, volunteers for committees, and people to write for our newsletter. Don’t be afraid to reach out and help!

Happy Holidays,

Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA