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Certificate Course: 2023 Dog Training 101: What Every Trainer Needs to Know

Note this Course begins Wednesday, September 6, 2023 and ends Tuesday,  October 10,2023. Course content will be available 1:00PN EST September 6th.

Weekly lectures are posted and attendees have one week to listen to lecture on demand and complete weekly assignments.

To view the course syllabus click here

The most common question we receive at the APDT is “I want to be a dog trainer, but where do I begin?” Another very common question is “I’ve been training a little here and there and want to learn more about certifications.” 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:

  1. Evaluate the evolution and behavior of wolves and the domestic dog
  2. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of various dog training techniques and recognize when (and when not) to apply each
  3. Analyze available education, membership, and credentialing resources and identify which is best for you
  4. Identify what it means to be qualified and skilled, as well as your own limitations and abilities
  5. Create a concrete course of action toward working as a dog trainer
Course Evaluation & Completion: will be determined based on but not limited to:
  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.
Level of Knowledge: Attendees are not expected to have any prior knowledge of dog training as this course is for:
  1. Anyone thinking of becoming a dog trainer
  2. Any dog trainer just starting out
  3. Any dog trainer who does not know this information
Recommended Course Materials*:
-How Dogs Learn by Mary Burch & Jon Bailey
-Just Listen by Mark Goulston
-The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
-Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer by Katenna Jones

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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