This is a multi-week course- This course starts October 13 and ends November 16, 2021. You may purchase it now, but content will not start until October 13, 2021.
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Description: The most common question we receive at the APDT is "I want to be a dog trainer, but where do I begin?" Well, as most trainers know, anyone can hand out business cards and start charging money to train dogs. There are no credentials or education required. Unfortunately, the general public often doesn't realize this. Additionally, more trainers means more competition – so knowing your stuff can really help a trainer stand out from the crowd. In response to these issues and requests, the APDT has created this certificate course for anyone who is looking to become a dog trainer, as well as for those trainers who don't yet know this vital information. Rather than teach you how to train a solid recall, run a group class, or address dog aggression, this course will feature all of the information a good dog trainer should know before doing any of that stuff – before starting to offer services. We'll go in-depth into the history of dog training, current training methods, dog behavior and body language, credentialing and how to approach our human clients' behavior.
Learning Outcomes: Attendees of this course can expect to:
- Evaluate the evolution and behavior of wolves and the domestic dog
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of various dog training techniques and recognize when (and when not) to apply each
- Analyze available education, membership, and credentialing resources and identify which is best for you
- Identify what it means to be qualified and skilled, as well as your own limitations and abilities
- Create a concrete course of action toward working as a dog trainer
- On-time completion of all required homework assignments.
- Participation, attitude, enthusiasm, and productivity.
- Grammar, punctuation, clarity, and efficacy of written discussions and assignments.
- Meeting assignment guidelines or criteria provided by instructor.
- Anyone thinking of becoming a dog trainer
- Any dog trainer just starting out
- Any dog trainer who does not know this information
1.On-time completion of all required homework assignments.
2.Participation, attitude, enthusiasm, and productivity.
3.Grammar, punctuation, clarity, and efficacy of written discussions and assignments.
4.Meeting assignment guidelines or criteria provided by instructor.
Instructor: Sarah Filipiak CDBC has been training dogs since age 8. A longtime volunteer with humane societies and dog rescue groups, Sarah began training professionally in 2001. APDT eLearning Certificate Course Syllabus Best Pets Dog Training LLC is the result of Sarah’s obsession with dogs combined with her passion for teaching others how to relate to animals. Sarah served a five-year term on the board of and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001. She has raised and trained European-line German Shepherd Dogs for more than 15 years, and has competed in disc, agility, AKC and UKC obedience, conformation and Rally. Her current dog crew includes two Whippets, a German Shepherd Dog and a mixed breed Nelsonville Special.
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