Congratulations to WHS Behavior Training Coordinator, Jessi Keller who has achieved the designation of Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed! Jessi has the experience and professionalism to bring you the excellence you deserve in a dog training instructor. She has proven her knowledge of learning theory, instructional skills, canine ethology, canine wellness and care, the ethics of dog training, and proper uses of dog training equipment. The CPDT-KA exam is a psychometrically sound, third-party examination that top dog trainers are voluntarily taking to demonstrate that their knowledge is the best in the industry. When certified, trainers ascribe to a rigorous Code of Ethics and make a commitment to attend continuing education. In the Salem area, there are only 4 CPDT-KA trainers. At Willamette Humane Society. Catherine Comden, Behavior Program Manager and Jessi Keller, Behavior Training Coordinator, are both certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.
Jessi attended the Chemeketa Community College Professional Dog Trainer Certification Preparation class taught at WHS in the spring and fall semesters. In order to sit for the CPDT-KA exam, potential certificants must have at least 300 hours of instructional experience helping people with their dogs and have professional references. Jessi easily qualified to take the exam because she has worked at Willamette Humane Society for the past 10 years, helping people in the areas of intake and adoptions. She has handled and trained thousands of dogs in basic manners and playgroups.
Jessi has developed new classes for WHS including “The Little Things in Life” – a class especially for small dogs and “Holiday Manners Tune-up” – a class designed to get your dog ready for guests and the challenges that the holidays bring. There are several sessions of each of these classes – see future sessions by clicking here.
In addition to these specialty classes, Jessi teaches the Family Manners program, Check In and Chill Out as well as DogSmart – a class for humans only. You can register for any of these classes by clicking here.
It may be that a group class is not for you – that’s okay because Jessi teaches private lessons also for obedience and family dog manners. Appointments are just 30 minutes and only $25 each. A real bargain for working with a CPDT-KA professional! For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Jessi.
We’re proud of our trainers at Willamette Humane Society and thrilled to be leading the industry in certification. Anyone can hang out a shingle and declare themselves a dog trainer – but with a CPDT-KA dog trainer, you can be assured that s/he has the necessary knowledge to serve you best and that his or her ethics and humane training practices are aligned with the best in the industry.
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