Pet Professional Guild Announces Independently Assessed Accreditation Program for Industry Professionals

PPAB’s program marks the beginning of PPG’s advocacy and education activities to bring about significant change in the pet industry to ensure that only scientifically-sound, force-free techniques are implemented.
 
Pet Professional Accreditation Board
Pet Professional Accreditation Board
TAMPA, Fla. - April 30, 2015 - PRLog -- The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has officially rolled out its much anticipated accreditation program for dog trainers and behavior consultants. To ensure the program is independently assessed, it will be operated by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB), Doing Business As (DBA) under the PPG corporation. The pilot program has already commenced, with the full accreditation program to follow shortly afterwards.

PPAB has spent two years creating and perfecting the program, having seen the need for consumer protection, better animal welfare and a higher level of skill proficiency amongst animal training and behavior professionals. Its goal is to provide a meaningful credential that supports pets and their owners and guarantees an unprecedented high level of competency, transparency and accountability amongst force-free pet professionals. To that end, applicants will be rigorously tested, both on paper and in practice, for their skills and knowledge in the fields of learning theory; biology and anatomy; ethology, body language and observational skills; canine health, development and life stages; business and consulting skills and best practices and, finally, scientific and practical method.

“Given that there is, to date, no government oversight in the fields of pet training and behavior, any individual who so chooses can promote him- or herself as a dog trainer or animal behavior consultant, regardless of academic credentials, knowledge , skills and methods used,” said PPG president, Niki Tudge. “As such, anyone is free to open and conduct business, which runs the risk of leaving pet owners unaware of the differences between 'balanced' training, positive reinforcement training, and dog training and behavioral counseling in general. PPAB’s program marks the beginning of PPG’s advocacy and education activities to bring about significant change in the pet industry to ensure that only scientifically-sound, force-free techniques are implemented, as well as to the level of professionalism at which we all operate.”

The PPAB program is independent of any industry school, trade school, college or credentialing body. Applicants who pass the accreditation requirements will earn specific titles – Professional Canine Trainer (Accredited) (PCT-A) and Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (Accredited) (PCBC-A) – which may be used after their names. Applicants do not have to be active PPG members to apply and become accredited through PPAB, but must meet and maintain the eligibility criteria. All accreditation holders must earn continuing education units to maintain the titles earned. They must also adhere to PPAB's Guiding Principles, a collection of professional ethics and non-negotiable business practices and operational practices.


About the Pet Professional Accreditation Board

The Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) operates as a DBA of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). It operates a program for force-free animal training and behavior professionals that is independent of any industry school, trade school, college or credentialing body. Applicants who pass the licensing requirements earn specific titles which may be used after their names and must earn continuing education units to maintain these titles. Accredited PPAB professionals understand force-free to mean: no shock, no pain, no choke, no fear, no physical force, no physical molding, and that no compulsion-based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.

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