How To Become A Member
To become a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers you will need to take part in an assessment. The membership assessment scheme consists of three parts, as highlighted below.
(this will be sent to you on receipt of your application form and must be returned at least 4 weeks before your assessment date)
Six questions - which require an essay type answer of between 500 and 1500 words - covering:
- Reward and Punishment
- Operant and Classical conditioning
- Stress including class situations consisting of dogs with minor behavioural issues
- Exercises you would teach in a puppy/beginner class.
- Details of training classes you have visited
You will also be asked for details of:
- Details of any instructing/assisting undertaken
- Classes (if any) that you currently teach
Your answers need to reach the office at least four weeks prior to assessment.
If, after marking your questions, the Assessors decide that you are not ready for membership you will be refunded £65 of your application fee and your assessment will be cancelled.
You will conduct a one hour class and teach:
- Leave (food/article)
- Walking on a loose lead
The owners and dogs will be people who have volunteered to take part in a free training class for the assessment process. Some of the dogs will have been to previous training classes whilst others will be new to the environment. It is up to the applicant to make sure all the owners feel involved in the class.
All classes will take place indoors. This will be assessed by two assessors.
Immediately following your practical assessment. You will be asked about dog matters and may be asked to clarify some points raised in your written and practical assessments and other dog training matters.
There are no trick questions – the idea of the assessment is to ensure that applicants are suitable for membership of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
All three of these sections will be scored against a criteria which will include:
- Technical Knowledge
- Understanding of dogs and people
- Conforming to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Code of Practice
- Planning and organising
- Communication skills
- Class Dynamics
A report will be prepared by the assessors and they will either recommend you for membership or not. If you are not recommended it will be because the assessors are not confident that you have reached the level required by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers for membership. This maybe because you cannot demonstrate the level of knowledge/experience required, or because you employ methods which are contrary to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Code of Practice. A good instructor needs to understand learning and behaviour theory and have the ability to relate and explain this to a class of owners.
The Assessors decision is final.
However if an applicant feels procedures have not been followed, or an assessment has not been marked against current criteria an enquiry can be made.