“Helping dogs become calm, cool, and collected members of the family.”
Welcome to The Collected Canine!
Lindsey Vincent, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) is one of only seven certified professional trainers in the entire state of Arkansas, and she is proud to serve the River Valley area with positive, dog-friendly trainings. Lindsey is dedicated to continuing her education as a professional in order to ensure that The Collected Canine provides the most advanced and scientifically sound training techniques.
The Collected Canine Difference
Lindsey Vincent, CPDT-KA is one of the River Valley’s only in-home, private dog trainers. In-home dog training provides the following advantages:
- Training in the dog’s home means a better learning environment due to less distraction.
- Many behavioral issues can only be solved at home.
- Lessons are one-on-one and are customized to fit both your and your dog’s needs.
- Flexible appointment times ensure you can schedule an appointment at your convenience.
- You don’t have to worry about leaving the comfort of your own home.
The Collected Canine is always available for in-home lessons. Group classes and workshops are offered from time to time. In order to keep up with our group class and workshop schedule, be sure to follow us on Facebook or check in on our Facebook feed from time to time.
Certified Professional Dog Trainers
The dog training industry has been, and still is to an extent, largely unregulated for decades. Anyone could claim they are a professional. Without a proper education and experience, this often times causes more harm than good to the dog while leaving the owners feeling as though they wasted their time and their money.
In 2001, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers was formed in order to help bring regulation to the field. In order for a trainer to receive the CPDT-KA credential, they must have at least 300 hours worth of head trainer experience within the last 5 years in addition to passing a 250 question exam administered by the Professional Testing Corporation.
The test covers a trainer’s knowledge in the following areas: Learning & Behavior; Ethology; Instruction Skills; Equipment; Animal Husbandry; and Business Practices & Ethics. Most of your trainers who are “up-to-date” with their training practices have enrolled in some sort of school which provides them with both the proper education and experience required to become a professional trainer. After their education, they may wish to take the CPDT-KA exam, which is not related to any one school’s program. It is a third party exam.
Once a trainer earns the CPDT-KA designation, they must earn CEU’s (continuing education credits) by attending various approved seminars and courses or they must retake the exam every three years in order to maintain the CPDT-KA status. For more information about CPDT-KA’s, be sure to visit the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers’ website at www.ccpdt.org.