Trainer Education & Experience
Becoming a professional dog trainer has been an ongoing journey of constant personal and professional improvement, during which I’ve had the help of amazing clients, dogs, and other trainers. How great is it to love what you do, and love to learn how to do it better?
Through DVD, online classes and self-study Sarah learned about Kayce Cover‘s “SATS” training technique for conditioned relaxation. She also attended a Wendy Volhard seminar on dog nutrition and homeopathy.
Sarah attended Chad Mackin’s Pack to Basics seminar and later, his Dogmanship seminar. Pack to Basics in particular was very instructive and empowering in learning how to safely and productively facilitate large dog socials.
For approximately 9 months Sarah focused on learning and practicing the tenets of the Koehler Method (KMODT), working remotely with Super Pro Trainer and conservator of the Koehler Method, Tony Ancheta. Mr. Ancheta himself having learned the Method by working with the originator, Bill, and his son Dick Koehler for decades.
Though not technically considered a “Koehler Trainer” yet, Sarah learned a wealth of practical technical and academic information that has had a profound impact on how she assesses and solves problem dog behavior.
Sarah completed a one week remote training collar immersion program at “That’s My Dog E-cademy Trainer’s School,” with instruction provided by e-collar trainer (and trainer of trainers) Robin MacFarlane. E-collar training has been a popular training option at Paws n Motion since then, and promoting their safe and responsible use continues to be a priority.
Sarah completed the Master Trainer course at National K-9 School for Dog Trainers to earn a Certified Professional Trainer credential. Experience and professional endorsements earned at National K-9 include:
- Basic & Advanced Obedience
- Behavior Modification
- Breed Identification
- Puppy Development
- Scent Detection
- Personal Protection
- Assistance Dog
- Police K-9
What is a Certified Professional Trainer?
The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers is granted the authority to issue professional certification by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. Upon completion of a National K-9 course, graduates are authorized by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to use the title “Certified Professional Trainer” or letters “CPT” after their name. National K-9 is one of only two schools in the United States authorized to grant professional certification to dog trainers.