APDT and CPDT

 

About the Association of Pet Dog Trainers

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.  The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world.  We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog friendly training techniques.

VISION STATEMENT
All dogs are effectively trained through dog-friendly techniques and therefore are lifelong companions in a relationship based on mutual trust
and respect. 

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the APDT is to enhance the human-dog relationship by educating trainers, other animal professionals and the public and advocating dog-friendly training.

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Information about Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT)

This press release does a good job of explaining what that
CPDT after our names means.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(October 2001)

 Contact: Teri Mercatante, 203-847-9114 or merctt@aol.com

Local Dog Trainers Earn First National
Pet Dog Trainer Certification in History

 BOLTON, MA – Local Dog Trainers Valentina Petrone and Luis Avery of BOLTON, MA have earned Level I certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers in history.

 Up until the creation of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for dog trainers.  Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certification for their specific programs.  These certificates, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school.  Other organizations offer take-home tests for “certification”.  The trainers are not monitored to make sure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration, nor is the testing process standardized.

 The Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers is a true certification entity pursuing accreditation from NCOA, the National Organization for Competency Assurance.  The Council administered its first test September 28, 2001 during the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Annual Educational Conference in Ellenville, NY.  The test site was professionally secured and moderated by Professional Testing Corporation of New York.

 This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the APDT, the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar.  Early on, the APDT recognized the need for certification for its profession.  Pet Dog Trainers needed a credible means of measuring their knowledge and skills and the dog-owning public needed a credible barometer for choosing a trainer.  A task force of approximately 20 nationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists, worked for three years to research and develop the comprehensive written examination.  The APDT also hired Professional Testing Corporation to ensure the process met professional testing standards.  It then created a separate, independent council – the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers – to manage the accreditation and pursue future development.

 Candidates who pass the exam will earn the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer and may use the designation, “CPDT”, after their names.  As creators of the examination, the task force members have also earned the use of the CPDT designation.  All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the examination again in three years.  With the inception of this certification, there are now 136 Certified Pet Dog Trainers in the United States and Canada.

 Ms. Petrone and Mr. Avery own and operate It’s a Dog’s Life, Inc. in Bolton, MA where they offer training classes in obedience and agility, private lessons and behavioral consultations, boarding, grooming and daycare.

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Text Box: About the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.  The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world.  We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog friendly training techniques.
VISION STATEMENT 
All dogs are effectively trained through dog-friendly techniques and therefore are lifelong companions in a relationship based on mutual trust 
and respect.  
MISSION STATEMENT 
The mission of the APDT is to enhance the human-dog relationship by educating trainers, other animal professionals and the public and advocating dog-friendly training. 
************************************************************
************************************************************
Information about Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT)
This press release does a good job of explaining what that 
CPDT after our names means.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(October 2001)
 Contact: Teri Mercatante, 203-847-9114 or merctt@aol.com
Local Dog Trainers Earn First National 
Pet Dog Trainer Certification in History
 BOLTON, MA – Local Dog Trainers Valentina Petrone and Luis Avery of BOLTON, MA have earned Level I certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers in history.
 Up until the creation of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for dog trainers.  Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certification for their specific programs.  These certificates, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school.  Other organizations offer take-home tests for “certification”.  The trainers are not monitored to make sure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration, nor is the testing process standardized.
 The Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers is a true certification entity pursuing accreditation from NCOA, the National Organization for Competency Assurance.  The Council administered its first test September 28, 2001 during the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Annual Educational Conference in Ellenville, NY.  The test site was professionally secured and moderated by Professional Testing Corporation of New York.
 This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the APDT, the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar.  Early on, the APDT recognized the need for certification for its profession.  Pet Dog Trainers needed a credible means of measuring their knowledge and skills and the dog-owning public needed a credible barometer for choosing a trainer.  A task force of approximately 20 nationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists, worked for three years to research and develop the comprehensive written examination.  The APDT also hired Professional Testing Corporation to ensure the process met professional testing standards.  It then created a separate, independent council – the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers – to manage the accreditation and pursue future development.
 Candidates who pass the exam will earn the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer and may use the designation, “CPDT”, after their names.  As creators of the examination, the task force members have also earned the use of the CPDT designation.  All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the examination again in three years.  With the inception of this certification, there are now 136 Certified Pet Dog Trainers in the United States and Canada.
 Ms. Petrone and Mr. Avery own and operate It’s a Dog’s Life, Inc. in Bolton, MA where they offer training classes in obedience and agility, private lessons and behavioral consultations, boarding, grooming and daycare.
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