Lisa originally earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed certification by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2011. CCPDT is one of the most respected certification organizations in the dog training community. Two critical goals of the CCPDT are to make sure there are more ethical, educated trainers available to help the public with their dog training needs, and to hold those who are not practicing safe training methods accountable through advocacy and legislation.
Unfortunately, there are too many good intentioned people claiming to be dog trainers who do not use positive, science based methods, and end up causing more harm than good. One of the ways the CCPDT is combatting this problem is through the use of a rigorous certification process. They only certify those who have logged 300 hours as a lead dog trainer prior to taking the exam, have 2 references from a CPDT and a veterinarian, and those who can pass the 180 question exam which covers instruction skills, learning theory, ethology, equipment and animal husbandry. To maintain their certification, CPDT-KA's are required to complete continued education credits every 3 years to show their commitment to learning the latest techniques and practices in the industry. As of December 2021 there were only 4,729 CPDT-KAs and 172 CPDT-KSAs worldwide. For more information on CCPDT, please check out their website here.
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