In This Chapter
- Getting ready to train
- Steps to success
- Teaching the basic commands
- Distraction proofing
- Finding a professional trainer
– The International Association of Canine Professionals (): This group includes only professional trainers who have more than five years of experience. When they say professional trainer, they mean someone whose main source of income is through training dogs. IACP also offers certification to members.
– National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (): This group has been around longer than the first two in this list. It requires certification in Novice, Open, and Utility, among other offerings such as Agility and Rally-O in order for a trainer to maintain membership. These certifications pertain more toward showing dogs than obedience training. Someone with the knowledge needed to show a dog, however, can often help others with basic training issues.
by Miriam Fields-Babineau
More from my site): This group certifies trainers through testing and education. All certified trainers take a specific number of educational credits each year so they’re current on training methods and scientific behavioral knowledge.