You want to start your career in pet dog training to become a dog trainer. It’s your dream job! You love dogs and they love you and you want nothing more than a career that will help dogs and their families to live richer fuller lives.
The big question is “How does one become a certified professional dog trainer?” You want to know what it takes and how you get started so let’s take a look at how you can get started as a dog training professional.
In Canada, there are no rules or regulations that govern the education requirements in order to be considered certified and become a dog trainer. Dog owners, however, are becoming more aware that dog trainers need to have professional education and certification and they are starting to do research and seek out qualified dog training professionals only. They look for credentials showing that the trainer they choose can effectively help them reach their goals using training that is based on science and knowledge.
Here are some important questions for you to consider when researching potential schools that offer dog training programs that lead to becoming a certified professional dog trainer.
Below are some dog training certification resources, links and information about associations that will help to guide you in your research, take some time to research each.
The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) offers independent exams across North America to certify that dog trainers have achieved a minimum standard of knowledge (or knowledge and skills). CCPDT is not a school, but rather a council that evaluates the knowledge a dog trainer has achieved by offering a standard exam to prepare you for a career with dogs.
To earn CCDPT certifications, individuals must meet strict requirements, including passing a written exam and providing a log of 300 hours physically training dogs. Applicants are required to use humane training practices, follow a Code of Ethics and continue taking courses to maintain their certification working with dogs.
The CCPDT is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA provides impartial, third-party validation that a program has met recognized national and international standards for the development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.
The Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers (CAPDT) is an education-focused association of members. Members are individuals with an interest in the goals of the organization, including a Code of Ethics. Annual membership dues are required to participate. Members continue to be part of the organization as long as they continue to pay their annual dues.
Becoming a member of CAPDT does not make you a qualified or "certified" dog trainer. It gives you access to a number of benefits like discounts on dog products, access to a discount on business insurance, a quarterly newsletter, a private member's Facebook page, lists of how to train behaviours for dogs, free webinars and more.
If you would like to learn more about Good Dog Academy's Professional Pet Dog Trainer program then click here and let us help you get started on the professional education you require to succeed in your dream career with dogs.
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