|Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 10:48am PST |
| If I am considering hiring ANY professional, especially when it comes to my dog, I would be checking the governing boards that they claim to be a part of. I would go through their certified instructors list, and if I do not see their name on it, I would be emailing the board to see if it was an omission, to be safe. Taking a trainer's course is much different than completing it!
For example: If the person states they went to college for Behavioral Science, promotes themselves as a certified trainer; I would expect to see them on the CPDT, CDBC, IAABC, and/or APDT listings. If not, they aren't properly certified and bring discredit to those associations. At that point, definitely report them and see what comes out in the wash.
We declare ourselves as pet owners who train our dogs. Most of us expect nothing but the very best (and legitimate) when we contract someone to work with our beloved pets. Reading books is grand, but I expect the credentials presented to be REAL.
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