Certifications & Education

Foundations for Ethical & Effective Behavior Change

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed

This certification, through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers,  requires 300 hours of training experience and a written exam. In addition, continuing education credits are required for recertification. This means that Suzanne uses the most current research and training methods in designing your training programs. Read more about CCPDT Values to see what All The Dogs believes.

Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior

This certificate is earned through The University of Washington. The program emphasizes evolutionary theory, learning theory, and biology to improve the care of all animals, but companion animals in particular. Suzanne uses her knowledge from this program to better diagnose and treat behavior issues. Read more about the UW-AAB program.

Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer

CPCFTs are taught to analyze structure, movement, and measurements in order to set specific, individual fitness goals. This program involves completing course work; completing four case studies; and passing a written exam. The courses includes topics such as canine anatomy, canine conditioning and physiology, movement and gait, common canine conditions, and canine conditioning programs. This program is offered through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and Wizard of Paws.

Certified Trick Dog Instructor

Suzanne is also a CTDI with Do More With Your Dog!, the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks. To become a CTDI, Suzanne passed an exam, with written and video components, of her teaching knowledge and skills. All CTDIs must have earned at least an Intermediate Trick Dog title with their own dogs. Suzanne’s dog River has earned her Trick Dog Champion title (TDCH). Not only can Suzanne help you teach your dog fun and creative tricks, she can also witness those tricks to help you earn trick dog titles.

Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach

CCFC stands for Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach, another certification offered by Do More With Your Dog! Through this certification, she learned creative ways to use dog tricks to improve the fitness and physical well-being of your dog. Whether your dog participates in dog sports or likes going for a run with you, she can design a program to help keep your dog fit and ready for activity.

Doctor of Philosophy

Suzanne has also earned a PhD from the Department of Statistics at Penn State. No, she does not want to teach you statistics! However, this degree was the basis for a 20-year college teaching career. She brings her experience and expertise in teaching to her dog training business.

Questions? Ready to schedule? Contact Suzanne today.


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