Why seek becoming a Certified Dog Trainer with IACP?
This title verifies competence as a dog trainer with advanced skills. The IACP, acknowledges the struggles, dog trainers face when seeking assistance to help them further develop their dog training skills, due to lack of reliable referral. The intention for developing certifications is to create a valid evaluation to assess an individual dog trainer’s capability and proficiency. The CDT portfolio assessment is designed to assess well-rounded Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) by recognizing a dog’s temperament, how to shape its behavior, and the ability to educate the dog’s owners. The portfolio assessment itself is a combination of written narrative reports and written client feedback that are reviewed by a panel of professional peers. Examples of topics and skills addressed in the portfolio are listed below with the most common elements listed in bold.
- How dogs learn
- Social behavior and communication
- Dog sensory abilities
- Physical Conditioning
- Applied dog behavior
- Dog testing and selection
- Housetraining and crate training
- Canine training tools and equipment
- Puppy development
- Behavioral problems
- Training through play and recreational activities
- Canine health, basic veterinary issues
- Canine environmental habitat such as schedules for cleaning, grooming, feeding, exercises on a day-to-day basis.
- Knowledge of dog breeds
- Basic understanding of different types of dog sports and working purposes such as hunting training, assistance dogs, agility training, search and rescue training, etc.
- Dog training business practices such as legal issues, customer services, and communication skills.
Applicants passing the CDT Portfolio Assessment may add the initials IACP-CDT to their name.