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SA Pro Trainer™ Separation Anxiety Certification Program

By Rocco Autero / January 21, 2022

This fall I signed up for SA Pro Trainer™ Separation Anxiety Certification course offered by Julie Naismith. The course was an excellent learning experience. Every week throughout the program a new Module was released (there’s 6 modules throughout the program). In addition, we had two Zoom video calls each week led by Julie where we…

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Aggression in Dogs Conference 2021

By Dogs Life Unlimited / November 13, 2021

I attended the 2nd annual Aggression in Dogs Conference in October 2021. The conference was an excellent learning experience led by Michael Shikashio. The event was a live streaming event, but due to the fact that it took place from a studio in Chicago, it felt like high budget professional production. Due to travel restrictions…

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Fear Free Animal Training Certification, FFCP

By Rocco Autero / June 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders in New York, I decided this would be a great time to study and take the Fear Free Animal Trainer certification course. In order to take the course, you need to pass some eligibility requirements. You need to take and pass an intake exam, and have at least…

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Ken Ramirez Advanced Dog Training Topics Seminar

By Dogs Life Unlimited / October 9, 2019

I attended an excellent seminar this past weekend at the La Quinta Inn in Secaucus New Jersey. The seminar, Advanced Dog Training Topics, was hosted by Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training. I had previously seen Ken speak at Clicker Expo 2017 in Stamford Connecticut. The seminar covered…

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CPDT-KA Certification Exam Results

By Rocco Autero / June 4, 2019

In March 2019, I took the Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) exam. This is one of the most widely respected independent dog training certifications. The Certification Council for Dog Trainers (CCPDT) administers the exam and certifies the applicants. In May 2019, I received my results. I passed the exam and am now…

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CATCH Level 2 Workshop Working Dog Behavior Cases

By Dogs Life Unlimited / February 12, 2019

I attended the CATCH Canine Academy Level 2 Workshop, a week of working dog behavior cases in October 2018. The workshop took place on the campus of St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. This was the third straight year I attended a CATCH week long in-person workshop at St Hubert’s. I had…

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CATCH Master Class graduation and CCDT Certification

By Rocco Autero / June 12, 2018

In April 2018, I officially completed my CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Master Class and am now a CATCH Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT). The CATCH Master class program was a great learning experience for me. I received a wealth of knowledge on dog training and behavior over ten parts (phases), in addition to working closely with a…

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