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Ok here we go...


Ideas and the people who have them sometimes have a life span?
I also didn't realize she's an uncredentialed expert... Is that a word?


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May. 11th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
We, just like dogs, are incredibly shaped by our experiences. She seems (just in the clip they posted below the column) unsure, and overly cautious to me. But... maybe she's been burned enough times that this is the place from which she'll naturally proceed.

As for credentials.
The entire world of dog training is oddly out of step with the times. You have your very HIGHLY educated PHDs in animal behavior. But then you have the APDT whose "test" is horribly expensive and totally lacking in new proven methods and ideologies. I"m sure they can't afford to update the tests and update their methods each time something changes, but once a trainer gets the APDT on their name, they're not even required to update it. Even HAIRDRESSERS are required to continue education. Of course, many trainers DO continue their education (bless them) but it's not required to keep the letters by your name. So (to me) = basically worthless.
Also, fyi, there's no accreditation AT ALL for sport dog trainers. Agility, flyball, obedience. Nothing... so you, as a student, have to be your own best advocate.

As I listed to this woman on the video I could just feel her trepidation with the whole thing. Maybe she's just not good in crowds, but the word "Uncomfortable" just immediately popped into my head.
May. 12th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
You are pretty funny about the hairdressers! I had no idea about either that or that trainers didnt need credentials and no requirement to stay updated.
May. 12th, 2015 03:29 am (UTC)
T says they do need to take cont education, but once you have the letters, no one is really checking up on you.
May. 12th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
you have to renew every three years and submit proof of continuing education for the CPDT from the ccpdt- the requirements are roughly met by attending 10-15 seminar days every three years, the APDT is an organization you just join by paying money and they don't require any testing.
May. 12th, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, that's where I was getting confused!
May. 19th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
The lady who wrote this blog is entitled to her opinion. I've known Sue personally and professionally for 16 years and she is the most compassionate people u have ever met and her opinions/as serrations are based on experience which the writer is NOT with adopting out dogs who present with certain types of behavior. She is NOT talking about working with people's pets, she is talking about shelter dogs who are essentially homeless. So it's okay to let dogs become kennel crazy for 10 years? Ethical and humane to save their lives? I hope this lady is not present at my demise,,, I've seen what happens to these dogs. I've seen dogs who got a pass due to certain issues get returned over and over again. I agree with sue 100% and Sue has credentials. God this stuff pusses me off so much, it makes me glad I'm not training any more.
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