Local Dog Trainer Duo Earns Certification As Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed ®

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CPDT-KA® Certified Trainers now available to local dog owners in Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia, and Delaware.

Local dog trainers, Kelly Cancelmo, CPDT-KA, and Jessica L. DePaul, CPDT-KA , of StayDog Pet Training in Paoli, PA have earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers® (CCPDT®). Kelly and Jessica now join the top ranks of Professional Dog Trainers, with only 2000 Certificants worldwide.

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

This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the first comprehensive exanimation. Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) was hired to ensure the process met professional testing standards. APDT then created a separate, independent council – The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers – to manage the accreditation and pursue future development.

Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed and may use the designation “CPDT-KA” after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to maintain their designations or take the examination again in three years.

Local dog owners can contact StayDog Pet Training, located in Paoli, PA to schedule private in-home behavioral training sessions. Just call (610) 644-1334 or email pettraining(at)staydog(dot)net. StayDog Pet Training specializes in private in-home lessons focusing on; New Puppy Parent Training, Basic Obedience Training, Manners Training, Behavioral Problems, and Aggression.

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