PRLog - April 27, 2012 - PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Chipley, FL - The DogSmith National Training Center is pleased to announce that the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has recently certified Bethany Jordan, owner of the DogSmith Dog Training and Pet Care of the Florida Panhandle and Southern Alabama, as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
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This accomplishment makes Jordan the only CPDT-KA qualified dog trainer in the Dothan, AL, Chipley, FL and Marianna, FL, area. To become a CPDT-KA a trainer must have at least 300 hours of training experience and provide recommendations from a veterinarian, a client, and a colleague. In addition, they must pass an independent, psychometrically sound and science-based exam to demonstrate knowledge in Instruction Skills, Animal Husbandry, Ethnology, Learning Theory, Equipment, and Business Practices & Ethics.
The CCPDT establishes and maintains humane standards of competence for animal training and behavior professionals through criteria based on experience, standardized testing, skills and continuing education. The CCPDT's certification program was the first national certification for dog trainers. There was no nationally available certification process until the creation of the CCPDT in 2001.
All dog trainers certified by the CCPDT must earn continuing education units to maintain their designations and they must also adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in their practices.
Niki Tudge, founder of The DogSmith, said, “We are very proud of Bethany’s achievement and of our DogSmith force-free training program. It is a great accomplishment and a CCPDT certification confirms a trainer’s expertise and helps the public determine the professional standing of their dog trainer.”
The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about, or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmithFranchise.com or call 1-888-364-7648