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    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.

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April 22, 2012


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Thanks for sharing this list! Really appreciate it.


Thanks for listing out the credentials, great job.


Thanks, Starr. It's helpful to have all the certification acronyms together in one place for reference.

Another good online option is the Canine Club Academy ( The training is mostly via web, but they also have an in-person component. It seems like more of a one-on-one mentoring situation than a class. They also have a couple of scholarships that I think are still open.

John Andersen


Thanks for taking the time to list out all of the credentials. I must confess that I had seen a number of them, but I was not sure just exactly what they meant.

Thanks to you, now I do!

-- John Andersen

Mike Hatch

Thanks for the post, Starr. I’m a dog walker living in North Kingstown, RI and I've done quite a bit of research into dog training schools in the past. I can tell you: it's very overwhelming and can be very difficult knowing which is best.

I noticed a very important omission: Jean Donaldson's new Academy For Dog Trainers ( This is a continuation of her famed Academy at the SFSPCA which has now closed. Her old school was my #1 choice. Seems like some of the best dog trainers were trained there. I'm not so sure how this new online school will be. Jean Donaldson does put out high quality stuff no matter what she does, though. Maybe a combination of her new school and the Pat Miller one since the latter you are required to be there in person. Oh, let's not forget Donaldson's colleague Janice Bradley from the original famous Academy For Dog Trainers. She has her very own training certification program, too ( Choices, choices…

The Karen Pryor one looks really good if you are into clicker training. But will it provide adequate training for more advanced behaviors like aggression? John Rogerson ( has a bootcamp in India he does each year for aggression. He does it in India so he doesn't get sued. Now that sounds like some real hands-on training. I'd like to do the Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller and John Rogerson schools. I'd also like to get the CPDT certification but they make that a bit tough with the 300 hours of teaching requirement. What if we don't want to teach classes?

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