Kent dog trainer earns certification

By Heather Rainone | Managing editor Published:

Kent dog trainer, Kevin P. Duggan, CPDT-KA, has earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the first certification for dog trainers. He joins more than 1,800 Certified Professional Dog Trainers -- Knowledge Assessed worldwide.

Duggan has spent the past two years studying positive reinforcement training techniques under seasoned Certified Professional Dog Trainers in the Northeastern Ohio area. In March 2012, Duggan launched All Dogs go to Kevin, which offers in-home based training to dog owners. In September, Duggan took The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers standardized test in order to receive his CPDT-KA.

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers was created in 2001.. The process of certifying dog trainers was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of about 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to develop the comprehensive examination. Professional Testing Corporation was hired to ensure the process met professional testing standards. The APDT then created a separate, independent council -- The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers -- to manage the accreditation and pursue future development.

Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer -- Knowledge Assessed and may use the designation "CPDT-KA" after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to maintain their designations or take the examination again in three years.

"I've studied hard over these past two years and it's great to be recognized as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer," Duggan said. "I was lucky to study under some great local trainers and also found ways to expand my knowledge through books and training materials based on positive reinforcement methods and behavior modification. In addition to in-home based training solutions, I also teach basic and advanced agility classes at Paws n Claws Academy in Streetsboro, Ohio."

For more information about uggan and All Dogs go to Kevin, visit the web site at: www.dogstokevin.com or contact Duggan at 330-474-9170.

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