Are All Certifications The Same?

Due to certification testing (CCPDT), Arfordable Dog Training will not be accepting new clients in August and September. The limited schedule will be reserved for existing clients and emergency cases. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In the meantime, did you know that there is not a regulated licensing requirement for a person to say they are a dog trainer? At Arfordable Dog Training, we are working hard to learn as much as possible from multiple resources to offer the most up-to-date training methods that focuses on positive reinforcement and reward based training.

“The beautiful think about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” B. B. King

Although it is not mandatory, having a certification is highly recommended. It can be confusing to distinguish what each acronym mean. CPDT-KSA, IACP-CDTA, MA, KPA CTP to name a few. Check out The Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ website for the possible designations for dog trainers in the industry:
https://apdt.com/resource-center/trainer-certifications/

Being that there are so many certifications available, it is always best to do your due diligence and research the trainer and their certification. What requirements do they have? Is experience required? Check out multiple outlets such as referrals, review based websites, etc. Doing your research will help ensure the person working with you is not only knowledgeable but has you and your dog’s best interest in mind.

That being said, check out the certification the trainer is testing for and why it is so important to know who is training your fur-baby:

How to Choose a Professional Dog Trainer or Behavior Consultant