An internet search for a dog trainer can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you choose between the clicker trainer and the pack leader? Or the lady with 30 years experience and the guy with vague details about his six week "boot camp." With copious amounts of clashing dog training philosophies, some with their own "certifications" it's hard to know right from...not exactly right! Luckily, there IS a leader in science-based dog training. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) was assembled almost two decades ago to "provide a certification program meaningful to trainers and to the public."
So what is science-based dog training? Science-based dog training relies on up-to-date behavioral science. In other words, when you hire a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) you're getting current, as well as humane training techniques that are dependent on the science behind learning and behavior. The CCPDT is committed to certifying trainers who understand how to apply these techniques to a wide variety of behavior problems from fear to impulse control to aggression. To ensure you're hiring a certified trainer look for "CPDT-KA" behind his or her name and visit www.ccpdt.org/ to check their credentials.
"The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) established in 2001, is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Thousands of dog training professionals worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction."