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Knowing we are trained, tested, and endorsed allows you to choose Canine Behavior Consulting with confidence.
 
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With no licensing or mandatory educational requirements for dog trainers, it can be difficult to determine which trainer has the most experience and knowledge to help you with training and behavior concerns. Canine Behavior Consulting founder and trainer, Kevin Ray, is CPDT-KA certified.
 
The professional testing program was originally created by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world. Early on, the APDT recognized the need for certification for its profession and the CCPDT was born.
 
The Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) exam is updated annually to reflect changes in the industry and to assure the training methods being used are current and reflect current scientific data. The CPDT-KA exam also requires proven knowledge in:
 
Instruction Skills Animal Husbandry Ethology
Learning Theory Equipment
 
 
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International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants is a professional association for the field of animal behavior consulting. It is involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of animal-owner relationships, and helps to ensure that trained practitioners meet the public's needs. It works tirelessly to nourish the animal-human bond. The association's members meet standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession. As professionals, IAABC members work to minimize the use of aversive stimuli and maximize the effective use of reinforcers to modify animal behavior. Animal Behavior Consultants are required to demonstrate competency in five core areas including assessment and intervention strategies, counseling skills, behavioral science, knowledge of animal behavior, and species-specific knowledge in order to obtain certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

The IAABC continues to work both independently and in tandem with the CCPDT towards accomplishing the mutual goals of legitimate standardization and credentialing in the industry. Michael Shikashio, current president of the IAABC, feels that the IAABC and the CCPDT "are in a good sisterhood of organizations working towards a shared goal with mutual respect for each other."
 
 
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What is Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training? 
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training is a global network of professional, like-minded trainers whose collective goal is to help shape the future of dog training by promoting positive reinforcement methodologies. With a commitment to providing the highest quality, humane, reward-based professional dog training practices, Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training helps the public to better understand how the domestic dog's mind works; to communicate more effectively with their canine companions using positive reinforcement; to foster healthier relationships between dog and owner; and to encourage responsible dog ownership.
 
All VSPDT Trainers: 
Are hand-selected by Victoria.
Train dogs using only positive reinforcement.
 Avoid force & outdated dominance-based methods.
Work personally with Victoria and her team.
Share Victoria's ability to talk and think dog - Positively.
Practice the highest level of courtesy and professionalism.
Respect you and your dog at all times.
Share the VSPDT mission of creating healthier, more balanced relationships between dogs and owners.
 
About Victoria Stilwell. 
World-renowned dog trainer, best-selling author and TV personality Victoria Stilwell is best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet's hit TV series It's Me or the Dog, through which she is able to share her insight and passion for positive reinforcement dog training. Stilwell has been recognized with numerous awards, including 2009 Dog Trainer of the year and a People's Choice Award nomination.
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