All of our trainers either have their CPDT-KA or are working towards it
All have extensive animal experience, many have taken Catch Trainers Academy college
Many have rescue experience (or owning a rescue) and foster experiences with difficult dogs
ALL have been trained by owner Katie Costello, RVT, CPDT-KA
All are dedicated to the betterment of all dogs and have a sincere love of dogs as our driving factor
Our staff is dedicated to you having a positive experience! All of us are knowledgeable about our classes and facility and what we offer — we want to make you feel like a part of The Canine Campus Family.
What do all these letters mean!? And why should you care!?
Katie Costello, RVT, CPDT-KA, is a Certified Fear Free Trainer, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, an IAABC Associate, an ABC and CATCH Authorized Mentor, PPG Member for Force Free Training, a Licensed Be A Tree Presenter/Dog Bite Safety Educator, an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator, a Featured Mentor Trainer for CATCH Canine Academy, a Pet Partner Licensed Therapy Dog Evaluator and Team Training Course Instructor, & a Victoria Stillwell Academy Authorized Mentor Trainer. Katie is also the Secretary of SVBT.
When it comes to dog trainers, it’s not JUST about the credentials, but the credentials MATTER. You want an organization whose curriculum is designed & overseen by a
CPDT-KA=CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER-KNOWLEDGE ASSESSED
This means your trainer has put in no less than 300 hours of training & has had their training knowledge and capabilities tested & proven.
You want a facility that will recognize a potential medical issue that you may have mistaken for behavioral problems which is why it’s great to have on staff a
RVT=Registered Veterinary Technician
When seeking help from a trainer, you want someone who will understand not just how to teach your dog to obey commands but will truly understand dog behavior & body language so you want a facility that has behavior consultants. Such as
CBCC= Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CCPDT=Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers)
ACC=Associate Certified Consultant (IAABC=International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)
or affiliated with
SVBT=Society for Veterinary Behavior Technicians
Quality Dog Trainers go through an internship program with a CPDT-KA, many of them will start out their training process by going to a school for dog training such as
ABC=Animal Behavior College
CATCH=Canine Trainers Academy
VS-LDT=Victoria Stillwell Licensed Dog Trainer (Victoria Stillwell Academy)
Only the best trainers are asked to be Mentors for one of these training schools!
Veterinarians agree, the best way to train a dog is with FEAR FREE positive reinforcement methods! You want a trainer who is certified Fear Free by
PPG=Pet Professional Guild
Other awesome credentials…
CTDI=Certified Trick Dog Instructor
CGC Evaluator=Canine Good Citizen Evaluator Approved by the AKC (American Kennel Club)
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator=Canine Life And Social Skills Evaluator Approved by the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)
CCPN=Certified Clinical Pet Nutritionist