Your Average Dog Trainer
A dog trainer is someone who has studied dog behavior and training methods and learned how to apply that knowledge to train dogs or to coach others in training dogs. Dog trainers methodologies vary widely as well as their training level and background. It is always a good idea to talk to a potential dog trainer about their backgrounds and what methods they are trained in and use. We do not recommend working with a trainer who is not certified, as just about anyone can call themselves a dog trainer without knowing the first thing about dog behavior and learning processes. If you choose to go this route it is best to ask for multiple references.
Certified Dog Trainer – Sarah’s Pet Sitting
A certified dog trainer has had an outside organization examine their knowledge and training as well as the amount of time they have spent learning about dog behavior and training methods. Most certificate programs require that the applicant has spent 500 or more hours working hands on with dogs as the lead trainer as well as more hours working with someone who is already certified. They then test the applicant on their knowledge of dog behavior and learning processes. It is also required that certificants get continuing education in their selected specialties. At Sarah’s Pet Sitting, our resident dog trainer is certified with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as CPDT-KA.
To find a certified dog trainer in your area you can visit CCPDT at: http://www.ccpdt.org
A behaviorist has had at minimum a Master’s Degree in Animal Science, Animal Behavior Science or a related field, as well as two years of training with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorist or a school that they oversee. Most behaviorists are also Veterinarians. Behaviorists generally work with animals and owners when animals have gone outside the normal behavior patterns due to underlying causes. For instance in cases of canine compulsive disorder, severe separation anxiety, or rage syndrome, a behaviorist is often required to make any progress. There are two behaviorists that live and work in CT. They are
Alice Moon Farelli, PhD, CAAB
Brooklyn, CT 06234
Ellen M. Lindell, V.M.D.
North Haven, CT