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ACAAB

An Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) is a dog professional who has earned an undergraduate degree in animal behavior or a closely related discipline like psychology, and also has either a Master’s degree, or a DVM or VMD degree with a behavioral residency. An ACAAB must also have completed a minimum of two years of professional experience in applied animal behavior, and have demonstrated this to the satisfaction of the Animal Behavior Society. ACAABs can be called upon to do behavior consultations and work directly with dog owners, but they can also work with other animals and in other environments too.

AKC Community Canine

The advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen program, run by the American Kennel Club.  Dogs that are certified as Community Canines must be AKC registered.  They must prove that they can perform basic obedience, walk on a loose leash in crowds and interact appropriately with people and other dogs.  The Community Canine test differs from the Canine Good Citizen test because it is taken in real-life situations like dog shows, training classes and parks.

Board Certified

Indicates that a professional has passed the exams required to use a given title.  For example, a board certified veterinary behaviorist is a vet in the United States, who has passed the examinations set out by the AVCB.

Canine Good Citizen

The CGC is a program run by Kennel Clubs in various countries.  It is administered by the AKC in the United States, and is open to all dogs that are registered with them. The CGC consists of a 10 step test designed to evaluate a dog’s obedience, impulse control and social skills.  Dogs who pass their CGC are eligible to take the advanced Community Canine test.

CCPDT-KA

Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers – Knowledge Assessed.  These letters after a person’s name mean that they have passed the exams required for certification by the CCPDT, but they have not yet had their practical skills assessed.

CCPDT-KPA

Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers – Knowledge and Practice Assessed.  These letters after a person’s name mean that they have passed the exams required for certification by the CCPDT, and they have had successfully had their practical skills assessed.

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist

A professional qualification overseen by the Animal Behavior Society. The candidate for a CAAB certification must have met all of the requirements for an ACAAB, and also has a PhD in a behavioral science or a DVM with a behavioral residency, along with two to five years of professional experience in applied animal behavior.

Certified Trick Dog Instructor

A Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) is a dog trainer who specializes in dog tricks. CDTI qualifications are administered by Kyra Sundance of “Do More With Your Dog!”.  To become a CDTI, the applicant must pass a written and a practical exam, either through self-study of after attending a weekend workshop, and demonstrate that their dog can perform tricks from Intermediate of Advanced Trick Dog title lists.  CDTIs train using positive reinforcement techniques, especially mark and reward.

DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The title given to veterinarians in the United States and Canada.  The only exceptions are vets who have graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, who are awarded the equivalent title VMD.

MRCVS

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Denotes a veterinarian in the UK.