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Am I Ready For Assessment

If you are thinking about applying for assessment for membership of Association of Pet Dog Trainers, please ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I teach 'Sit', 'Down', 'Stand', Walking on a loose lead, 'Leave It' (food or toy), no jumping up and other basic exercises in a variety of kind, fair and effective ways?
  • Can I explain and demonstrate an exercise to a class, in a way that is clear and easily understood by the whole class?
  • Can I sort out individual problems, without excluding the rest of the class?
  • Can I plan a class to allow for individual learning abilities, and varying abilities of the dogs/owners in a class?
  • Can I communicate clearly to a class, and individuals?
  • Can I relate to owners on a class and individual basis?
  • Do I understand learning theory – reward, punishment, how dogs learn etc?
  • Can I recognise signs of stress in dogs and owners?
  • Do I understand what motivates dogs and owners?
  • Do I understand the necessity for ‘pre-course information’ and why it is relevant?
  • Do I understand, and adhere to, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Code of Practice?
  • Do I understand the need for different class layouts dependant on dogs and activities?
  • Do I understand the need for different equipment to be available for use during a class?
  • Do I have plans for all eventualities?
  • Can I make good use of lesson time so that the class is interesting and useful for all concerned?
  • Can I adapt my lesson plan to take into account individual needs of dogs and owners?

If you answer ‘no’ to any of the above, then I am sorry but you are not ready for assessment. Please arrange to go on some good courses or workshops, read some more books, watch some classes, and get some more experience before you apply.

The above questions reflect only the very basic requirements for membership, and other areas will be looked at/discussed during the assessment process. We welcome new members, but they must be able to pass the criteria and it is better to delay your application than apply before you are ready and be disappointed.