Head of the Class Dog Training LLC 

Winchester, VA

What Does This Mean for You and Your Dog?

So why am I telling you all of this about the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers? Because I want you to understand my commitment, education and passion for training dogs. I work with families and their pets because it’s what I love to do. Obtaining my certification through CCPDT was me saying, “I’m serious about this, and I want my clients to know I’ve learned from the best!” I love how the council requires me to always stay at my best by completing continuing education in order to maintain my certification. Learning doesn’t stop when you earn that piece of paper.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer:

What Does This Mean for You?


When you set out to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, there are a number of paths you can take. I choose the best! Of course, that is my opinion, but let me tell you a little bit about the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainer’s program, and I think you’ll agree.

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If your dog is in need of training, give me a call. Together, we can put together the plan that best fits your needs and schedule, and get you on the road to a more enjoyable life with your dog!

~ Lisa

Lisa Marino, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, PMCT, has taken her varied teaching experiences and applied them to helping owners understand and train their beloved four-legged family members. She has more than four years’ experience leading group dog training classes at Best Paw Forward in Hartland, WI, and opened Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA in 2012, where she conducts group classes and private lessons, as well as helps owners modify their dogs' problem behaviors. Lisa earned her CPDT-KA in 2012, is a 2015 graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer.

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What Is the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers?

This non-profit organization is “the leading independent testing and certification resource for dog training and behavior professionals.” Ask around, and you’ll discover that they developed the worldwide standard in training programs, with rigorous exams, science-based dog training practices and a humane approach. Their mission is to develop certified dog trainers through hands-on experience, standardized testing, skills practice and continuing education. A great dog trainer should never stop learning!

CCPDT’s examination process provides assurance to owners looking for the best trainers and continues to support trainers throughout their training careers, as well as provide a strict code of ethics for trainers to adhere to. Three years ago, CCPDT was accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, meaning that their training program has met rigorous certification standards. See why I think it’s the best?

CCPDT’s Values

One of the things that matters to me most about this organization and their certification program is their set of values and how they apply them to dog training. Each value speaks to me, and I have adopted them in my work at Head of the Class Dog Training, as well:

  • Integrity – This goes back to following their Code of Ethics, which encourages trainers to always do the right thing.
  • Education – CCPDT provides extensive education through the certification process and encourages trainers to stay up to date on the latest techniques by requiring continuing education to maintain certification.
  • Excellence – CCPDT offers superb training opportunities and provides innovative approved events for continuing education credits. The rigorous coursework and examinations prepare trainers to excel in the field.
  • Scientific principles – This program is always up to date and includes the latest in behavioral science for students. All training is based on scientific evidence and research.
  • Transparency – CCPDT communicates openly about their certification program and exams and makes their policies available to the public at all times.