Dog Training 101: What All Beginning Trainers Should Know

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This course is now FULL. Registrations are limited to Auditors only. Full students may not register and no CEU credits will be provided.

Start Date: October 26, 2017
End Date: December 26, 2017
Cost: $300.00 for APDT Members
$399.00 for Non-APDT Members
$100.00 for APDT Members - AUDIT ONLY (what's this?)
$125.00 for Non-APDT Members - AUDIT ONLY (what's this?)
Subject(s): Behavior (Canine, Other Species), Business, Human Learning
Instructor(s): Sarah Filipiak, CDBC
Registration: Purchase Online

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Course Schedule & Details

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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:

  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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • CCPDT: 20 CEUs
  • IAABC: 20 CEUs
  • IACP: 20 CEUs
  • KPA: 20 CEUs

Instructor Biography

Sarah Filipiak, CDBC

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 after failing to find appropriate puppy classes for her second competition dog. 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 raised and trained European-line German Shepherd Dogs for more than 10 years, and has competed in disc, agility, AKC and UKC obedience and rally.  Her current dog crew includes two Whippets, a German Shepherd Dog and a mixed breed Nelsonville Special.

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