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Become a Professional Dog Trainer

First Class Education at an Affordable Price!

Are you tired of working a nine-to-five job? Are you missing the passion and excitement of doing what you love? Are you wondering how your life has slipped away and you haven’t accomplished anything? Well, Raising Canine’s Become a Professional Dog Trainer course can help you find the passion and excitement you’re missing!

If you want to become a dog trainer, Raising Canine’s Become a Professional Dog Trainer course is an in-depth course that has all the right ingredients for you to become a certified dog trainer and cutting-edge professional dog trainer in the fast-growing industry of animal training. The Become a Professional Dog Trainer Course is self-paced and remote, so you can work on it when it’s convenient for you. And, the best news is that it’s very reasonably priced!

Students who have taken the Become a Professional Dog Trainer course and sat for the CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) exam, passed with an average score of 92.2%. Even more impressive, they passed the learning theory section of the course with an average score of 92.8%! Learning theory is the area dog trainers struggle with the most – and 32% of the CPDT exam is on learning theory.

The course includes the following:

* A Comprehensive Understanding of How Animals Learn
o Knowing how animals learn will help you, as a professional dog trainer, recognize causes of problems, and when and why a particular technique is not working.
* A Thorough Knowledge of Dog Behavior
o Really understanding dog behavior will get you quicker results.
* Practice in the Application of Dog Training
o Dog training is a skill, and getting hands-on experience is essential to being a great professional, certified dog trainer.
* An Understanding of How to Run Group Class
o In your career as a certified dog trainer, you will find that group classes can be quite difficult because of the different learning styles and skill levels of your clients – we help you get the best results for everyone.
* Skill in Working With the Humans that Own the Dogs
o The dogs are the easy part – it’s changing the human behavior that’s hard! We give you the information and help you need to work effectively with your clients.
* Weekly Phone Calls With Your Instructor
o The phone call brings it all together. During the call you’ll learn how to take all the things you’re learning and actually use them in real-life situations. We help you in the beginning stages of your dog training career – we talk about your current clients and help you become a professional dog trainer that people can’t wait to hire!
* Private Interaction & Support With Your Instructor*
o If you need to discuss personal issues, or other issues not appropriate for the group, you can always schedule an appointment to talk privately with your instructor.

We don’t rely on gimmicks or mythology – we teach each Beginning Professional Dog Trainer the science behind animal learning to give you a solid foundation as a Professional Dog Trainer. With that fundamental knowledge under your belt you have the ability to analyze and resolve the most difficult behavior problems and excel in the field of dog training.

This course is divided into several modules. Each module has textbooks and homework assignments. Many of the assignments are practical – for instance, you will develop a curriculum which you will be able to use when you begin teaching classes as a Professional Dog Trainer and you’ll develop handouts that you will be able to use in your dog training practice. The information you learn from this course will qualify you to become a certified dog trainer.

Our Become a Professional Dog Trainer course is based on the mastery model – in other words, you don’t do an assignment and get a grade; rather, you do an assignment, your instructor reviews it, and usually returns it with comments and revisions. This process continues until the instructor is satisfied that you have a thorough understanding of the concepts being taught.

As you become skilled in your ability to analyze and assess behavior problems, and once you’ve demonstrated a good understanding of the concepts, you will begin analyzing and reviewing other people’s work. By looking at what others are doing, you will develop your critical thinking skills to an even higher level.

Start whenever you want! Because this course is self-paced, you can start right now – no waiting until a new class begins. Part of the benefit of this school for dog trainers is learning from others who are more advanced than you.

For more information on the course, go to www.becomeaprofessionaldogtrainer.com.

Dog Harness Review

Little baby Blaze is growing up, literally. That means he’s getting bigger, taller and you guessed it, STRONGER! When he wants to pull me, he can put his little feet firm on the ground and pull as hard as he can. We have tried several things to stop pulling on a leash, so we are going to give you our dog harness review thoughts.

Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness
Love it, love it, love it! We give the easy walk harness 5 stars. It comes in so many sizes, even in between sizes. The idea is this harness hooks on the front of the dog, instead of the back. When the dog pulls it turns them back towards you. If you are training your dog NOT to pull on leash, this is the best dog harness.

Traditional Nylon Harness
These are nice, but actually encourage the dog to pull. If you have a dog under 20 pounds, these are great and for those we give it 3 stars. You can adjust them well, they are easy to put on. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Sensible Harness / Sensation Harness
The sensible harness is nice, we give it 4 stars. It works under the same premise as the easy walk harness, except it doesn’t have a nice martingale front, so it can gap a bit when the dog walks if it doesn’t fit right. I also dont know if they sell in between sizes. Its a bit harder to find and can cost a bit more than the other harnesses, around $25.

To recap our dog harness review, we use and recommend the easy walk harness. They cost around $20 and you can buy them online or in stores. To save money, ebay is a good place to shop.

Dog Training in Seattle Washington

For a professional high quality trainer in Seattle Washington, we have turned to Lisa at Premier K9 Club. She offers Obedience, Rally, and Agility dog training.

When you first visit Lisas website at http://www.premierk9club.com/ you will see a nice youtube video showing a short clip of her business. Dog Trainers, take note, this is a great idea for your website! She also has newsletters which will help keep her customers engaged. Her credentials speak for themselves, an AKC agility judge, as well as competitor along with her many associations show that she is dedicated to dog training.

Premier K9 Club has a well rounded offering including everything from classes, to exercise programs. Once you become a student you can get access to her members only portion of her website where she will share agility courses with you as well as dog training ideas. Her student testimonials are fabulous, proving that she is a quality dog trainer in the Seattle area.

We’ve sent some questions to Lisa, so we are hoping she will give some information on her business!

Dog Training Software

Its that time of year, TAX TIME!  You start to go through your business taxes and realize that you aren’t the best bookkeeper in the world.  When you do that you could miss out on important tax savings and wind up paying more than you should!  Well, save yourself some heartache.  Dog Training Software is an important part of a business.  If you are a professional dog trainer, we have some resources that can help you get organized.

Here are some popular dog training software packages. Some of these are free, and some cost a monthly fee.

Outright.com – This website allows you to track income, expenses and taxes.

Freshbooks.com  – You can track time and send invoices – this can be used with your iphone and you can send invoices after you train dogs.

Mint.com – this is more for your personal records, but you can track lots of great things on it and even get alerts on your phone!

EDogTrainer.com – manage your classes, dogs, private appointments, etc

DogBizManager.com – another online version for managing your business.

If you dont want to use something online, you can easily use excel or another package to manage your expenses, mileage and taxes.  Just keep it up to date and organized.  I personally handle my books just once a month.  I have a backup drive I use as well, just in case, but we like idrive.com – its free too!

Happy Dog Training!

Cesar Milan – a bully?

I’m not a fan. Lets just put that out in front. I think Cesar is a bully with dogs. He man handles them, forces them physically and doesn’t seem to do much of operant dog training. In fact he even says he isn’t a dog trainer but he is a dog psychologist – whatever that is. But I think this last article I read just took the cake for me.

As far as I know, in the US we have freedom of speech. Apparently he is threatening to sue organizations that speak out against him. I think this says a lot of things about the character of this group. Instead of working with these groups to create some sort of bridge, he is going at them with such force, much like with the dogs he works with.

I am completely appalled at this and it simply backs my original belief and dislike for this person and his dog training. Hopefully I wont get threatened with a law suit for posting my opinion.