April 5, 2017

Melissa’s Continuing Education

The dog training industry is one that has seen a dramatic increase in the availability of good peer reviewed science about how dogs think, learn and feel. This means that dog training professionals have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skill base so that they can provide the most up to date information about humane ways to best help dogs and their guardians achieve their training goals.

Continuing education is important to me personally as I enjoy learning but it is also important aspect to maintaining my certification as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. This requirement ensures that professional dog trainers who wish to maintain their standing as a certified professional dog trainer must be committed to continued education.


Seminars Attended

2008 – Successful Canine Behavioural Therapy & Training – Dr. Andrew Luescher, Dr. Susan Friedman, Dr. Patrick Pageat, Dr. Sarah Heath, Pia Silvani, Gary Priest

2010 – Dog-Dog Interactions PABA – Dr. Suzanne Hetts, Marc Bekoff, Daniel Estep

2012 – BAT for Reactivity, Fear and Aggression in Dogs – Grisha Stewart

2013 – Three Timely Topics – Fear, Separation Anxiety and Dog/Dog Play – Nicole Wilde

2013 – Behaviour Adjustment Training ( BAT) Instructors Course – Grisha Stewart

2013 – Managing Noise Phobias in Dogs/ Preventing & Controlling Aggression on Walk – Dr. Sagi Denenberg.

2014 – Dogs Playing for Life – Aimee Sadler

2014 – How to Reach Excellence in Dog Training PABA – Ken Ramirez, Andrew Luescher, Kathy Sdao

2016 – Introduction to Human Tracking & Scent – Captain William Bolton

2016 – Play, Stress & Frustration, Canine Communication, How do Modern Training Methods affect our dogs welfare & Scent Detection – Tobias Gustavsson & Jens Frank


Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Melissa is certified with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), established in 2001, is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Thousands of dog training professionals worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction