Why Certifications Matter

At Summit Dog Training, we place a high value on achieving and maintaining industry-recognized certifications for our trainers.  The dog training industry is unregulated, and thus anyone who has trained a dog (and even those who haven’t) can call themselves a “dog trainer.”  Because of this, we consider it very important that our trainers have industry credentials to assure our clients that the training services they receive are based on current industry standards and scientifically-sound training principles. In addition, these certifications require periodic continuing education in order to remain certified, thus ensuring that our trainers are always learning new things about dogs in order to better serve our clients.  


Certifications of Summit Dog Trainers

Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)

Trainers with this designation are graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy, a leading proponent of science and behavior-based training methods.  These trainers must complete continuing education and renew a code of ethics every year in order to remain a Certified Training Partner with the organization.  


Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) // Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)

Trainers with this designation have passed an independent certification process with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) testing their knowledge and experience with dogs and training.  These trainers must complete continuing education and renew a code of ethics every three years to remain a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the organization.  The KA designation requires passing a vigorous written exam, and the KSA designation requires passing a video evaluation of the instructor's hands-on training skills.


Continuing Education

These are just a few of the continuing education seminars, conferences and workshops that we have attended in recent years. This list doesn't include the hundreds of hours we spend each year reading books & blogs, listening to podcasts, and brainstorming with other trainers to continuously expand our knowledge about science-based training techniques. 

ClickerExpo 2013 - Amber
BATting 2000 Seminar 2014 - Amber
Choice in Training Veterinary Care - 4Paws University - 2016 - Charissa
ClickerExpo Portland 2017 - Amber & Charissa
WorkedUp Workshop with Sarah Stremming 2017 - Amber
Muzzle Up Project with Marueen Backman 2017 - Charissa
IAABC Aggression in Dogs & Defensive Handling with Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan Loehr 2017 - Charissa
Association for Behavior Analysis International 43rd Annual Conference 2017 - Charissa
ClickerExpo St. Louis 2018 - Amber & Charissa
Set It & Forget It with Hannah Branigan 2018 - Amber
Empowered Socialization BAT 2.0 with Grisha Stewart 2018 - Charissa
International Dog Parkour Workshop 2018 - Charissa
Wilderness Canine Care Training 2018 - Amber & Charissa

Already Scheduled for 2019:
ClickerExpo - Amber & Charissa
Living & Learning with Animals Course with Dr. Susan Friedman - Amber