Trainer in Training

The dog training association I am certified with, CCPDT, requires one to stay up-to-date with current trends and ideas in the positive reinforcement training world by requiring trainers to complete 30 continuing education credits every 2 years.  I spent the first year of my business focusing on developing the business and teaching what I had learned from experience.  It is now the year to continue my education for which I am excited.

Not only am I taking classes which offer CEU’s, but I am also taking some training classes WITH my dogs.  Last week Mesa, Ole and I headed to Great Falls for a private lesson with each dog with another R+ trainer.  We had a ball, and a frisbee, and a tug!  We actually have homework again and that has created more focus in my training with each of my dogs, including Winnie the Lab we live with.  We worked on Ole’s recalls and lay downs.  We worked on desensitizing Mesa.  For those of you who have met Mesa, you will understand. This means I am working on her to be more comfortable with welcome hands, especially mine,  reaching for her head/neck to enjoy being petted.  We also worked on go-to-mat for all 3 dogs, especially for when I am cooking dinner.

I know there are quite a few of you out there that would be interested in the training’s I take, even if you don’t need the CEU’s.  Here is a list of online resources I am using to learn.  If you take any courses, please do let me know and I’d love to hear what you think about them over coffee, my treat!

Let the Learning Continue and the Training Never End.

Classes on CCPDT site.
Raising Canine site.