What is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT)?

A trainer who has received the Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) credential has met strict eligibility requirements and has successfully demonstrated his or her knowledge by passing a 250 question certification exam. To meet eligibility requirements, candidate trainers...

The CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Test

The Canine Good Citizen Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community...

Leadership

Dogs are pack animals, and as such, need leadership. In the dog’s world there is no such thing as “even Steven”. Dogs don’t care who’s in charge just as long as someone is. If you don’t provide leadership for your dog, he just might take over as leader himself....

Tips for Successful Training

How dogs learn: A dog’s behavior is influenced by the result it produces. In other words, dogs do what works for dogs. If a dog’s behavior produces a positive result, that behavior will increase. If, on the other hand, the behavior produces a negative result or no...

Welcome to your dog’s adolescence

In dogs, adolescence begins at sexual maturity, around 5 to 6 months of age. At this age your dog begins to have a sense of self and independence. Your adolescent will become less interested in you and more interested in the environment. He develops an opinion and may begin to question your rules and talk back. By the time your dog reaches 7 to 9 months he is very much like a 16 year old, wanting a later curfew and the keys to the car! The adolescent dog, like the adolescent human, has an immature brain in a body that’s nearly the size of an adult. While adolescence in dogs may last up to two years, the most trying period is from 8 to 18 months of age. This is the age most dogs are surrendered to shelters.