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Kris' Certifications & Other Qualifications


I'm a dog mom: I have fostered many dogs over the years, and I currently have three dogs—all rescues.  I have experience with puppies, teens, large dogs, fearful dogs, and hyper / over-stimulated dogs.

I'm a rescue volunteer: I have worked with both fosters and adopters in helping manage and overcome problem behaviors; I help dogs and their people—especially folks that haven't had a dog before—to learn basic skills.  I have conducted classes for rescue puppy adopters that were well-attended and had great successes.

I'm a public school teacher: I have more than 20 years of high school teaching experience; currently I teach AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) Psychology.  I have a deep understanding of behaviorism and positive reinforcement, in both theory and application.

I'm a certified dog trainer: I have earned my CPDT-KA credential from CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers), which is the premiere authority for certifying dog trainers worldwide.

I'm a member of the APDT: I'm a proud member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), where to love a dog is to love the dog's trainer. (© APDT)

I'm a member of The Pet Professional Guild: I'm also a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild—No Pain, No Force, No Fear! (© The Pet Professional Guild)

CCPDT           PPG logo           APDT


What is dog training certification?

Dog training is an unregulated industry, meaning there are no licensing requirements or regulatory oversight. Literally anyone can call themselves a dog trainer. So how, do you, as a make the right choice when picking a dog trainer for you and your dog? One way is to look for independent certification.

I am certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the only independent testing and certification organization for the dog training profession.

Being certified by the CCPDT means that I have:

  • Logged hundreds of hours of hands-on dog training experience
  • Passed a rigorous exam testing my dog-training knowledge
  • Signed a pledge to follow a strict Code of Ethics for my personal and business conduct
  • Demonstrated a commitment to continuing education and professional development
  • Exemplified a commitment to professional excellence


What is the CCPDT?

The CCPDT is an independent, nonprofit credentialing organization. Its purpose is to assess, test, and evaluate dog training and behavior professionals through a set of standardized tests.

Thousands of dog trainers worldwide maintain the CCPDT's certifications to demonstrate their mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Learn more about the CCPDT.