Rover Oaks Pet Resort Announces Accreditation of Two of Their Top Trainers by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Tra
Posted Nov 17 2010 9:53am
Rover Oaks Pet Resort is proud to announce that two members of their acclaimed training team have earned the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Zach McArthur and Andrea Walkoviak earned the accreditation after passing a rigorous exam covering five core areas of competency as determined by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). This certification program is based on humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge related to dog training.
The CCPDT is an international testing and certification program for professional pet dog trainers and the only independent certification of it’s kind. The program is not tied to membership in any organization or to graduation from a specific school. The certification program administered by the CCPDT is the only dog trainer certification program that is psychometrically sound, meeting the standards of other well-known testing measures.
Trainers with the CPDT-KA designation have earned this credential by demonstrating their knowledge and experience in dog training. Each professional dog trainer who earns the designation is required to achieve a minimum of 300 hours teaching classes, providing private dog training, and working with dogs before being permitted to sit for the written examination. The exam covers all aspects of the dog training profession, including canine ethology, the science of learning theory, animal husbandry, classroom management and technique, and more. A CPDT-KA is familiar with the latest, most effective training techniques and equipment and is required to earn continuing education units to re-certify every three years.
Zachary McArthur, CPDT-KA, is a graduate of Triple Crown Dog Academy where he earned a certificate in canine training and behavior. He also has a bachelor’s degree in History. Zach began working at Rover Oaks in 2007, and quickly moved up the ranks to become a full time trainer. Zach’s specialty is early puppy development and he was one of the lead trainers in the development of Rover Oaks’ ground-breaking Puppy Class.
Andrea Walkoviak, CPDT-KA, moved to the U.S. from Sarajevo as a child, and began working with dogs professionally at the age of 13. She has a degree in communications, and formerly taught fourth grade children. Andrea’s specialty is helping people train and rehabilitate dogs with problem behaviors. She also teaches Rover Oaks’ unique open-enrollment Good Dog Manners class.
“We are excited to further enhance the credibility of our trainers and our training program,” said Steve Smith, owner of Rover Oaks Pet Resort . “We strive to provide not only the most comprehensive training services, but the most current techniques and training methods to ensure that each client and their companion enjoy a rich, full life together.”
To learn more about Rover Oaks’ training services or to schedule a consultation, visit www.roveroaks.com or call Rover Oaks Houston at (713) 662-2119 or Rover Oaks Katy at (281) 693-7687 and press option 4 to speak with a Training Coordinator.
About Rover Oaks Pet Resort:
Rover Oaks Pet Resort is the premier destination in Southeast Texas for overnight lodging, doggie daycare, grooming and training. Rover Oaks has two locations with large campuses of 2.5 and 3.5 acres conveniently located two blocks south of Reliant Stadium in Houston and a short walk from Katy Mills Mall in Katy. Rover Oaks Pet Resort first opened its doors in 2001 and was built around a philosophy of fun, socialization, and physical activity. The pet care professionals at Rover Oaks know that pets who enjoy daily playtime and physical activity are more adjusted, less stressed, and healthier. Per their slogan, that’s why Rover Oaks is “where every pet loves to go!”
About the CCPDT:
The CCPDT's certification program is the first national certification for dog trainers. Until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no nationally available certification process for dog trainers. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certification for their specific programs. These certificates, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for "certification." These tests are not monitored, nor are the testing processes standardized, or checked by a psychometrician. The CCPDT administered its first test September 28, 2001, during the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Annual Educational Conference in Ellenville, NY. Since then, the test has been administered two times a year at 700 sites throughout the US. All test sites are professionally secured and moderated by Professional Testing Corporation of New York.