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Sammy’s Hope Staffers Earn Certification as Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Certification (CPDT-KA)

Animal Shelter Staffers Earn Prestigious Certification.

Sayreville, NJ, October 30, 2015 --( Darren Young, Executive Director of Sammy’s Hope, and Christine Young, Sammy’s Hope’s Director of Canine Behavior, have earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers® (CCPDT®). They join other certified trainers nationwide who have earned this unique certification demonstrating their skill with canines. The Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center in Sayreville, NJ is a fulltime, private shelter that gives homeless dogs and cats love and care, medical attention, and specialized training to help prepare them for foster and forever homes.

This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the first comprehensive examination. Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed and may use the designation "CPDT-KA" after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to maintain their designations or take the examination again in three years.

According to Dave Gaier of Sammy’s Hope, “Darren and Christine are remarkably knowledgeable and skilled in working with and training dogs, and this certification demonstrates a level of skill and experience that few shelters can offer. The board and volunteers of Sammy’s Hope are proud of our colleagues, but more importantly, our wonderful dog guests will benefit greatly from the training that Darren and Christine will provide.”

About Sammy’s Hope
Sammy’s Hope is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to care for homeless animals, socialize them, provide for their medical needs, and find them forever homes. The New Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center opened in January, 2015 and provides specialized, individual care for long-term homeless animals. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook.
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