Linda training Tula.

I have been living and working with dogs since I was a teenager, building relationships with them in training, play, and competition.

I was the kid who begged for a dog and finally wore my parents down.  My dog drew me into obedience training and trials, and eventually, I moved on to conformation showing, and then to training and trialing in agility.  My personal achievements include multiple breed championships, obedience titles, and agility titles. I have also competed in rally obedience and have trained my dogs in K9 nose work.

Through these experiences, I found that I loved teaching my dogs, and then that I loved teaching others how to work with their dogs.  Working with other people’s dogs set in motion a deeper interest to learn and understand more about canine behavior and the science behind it. In 2002, I applied for and was accepted into the Canine Training and Counseling program through Jean Donaldson’s The Academy for Dog Trainers (at that time at the SPCA in San Francisco, CA).  It is a comprehensive, intensive, and highly respected program that addresses animal learning and motivation, ethology, behavior problems, aggression, clicker training, and pet dog training.

To this day I keep up with research on dogs, training, and animal behavior, and I continue to study in workshops, conferences, and seminars with dog specialists whose work is respected worldwide.

am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) having taken and passed this certification in 2002.

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.  Continuing education is mandatory to maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction.

One of the organization’s goals is to increase awareness of dog-friendly training techniques. Ultimately, this system will help the public to understand competencies when choosing a trainer.

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The Academy for Dog Trainers Graduate
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Victoria Stilwell Academy Mentor
Animal Behavior College Authorized Mentor Trainer