Saralyn Wallace, CPDT-KA
I have been offering training services to the South Georgia area for nearly a decade. Throughout this time, I have come across a variety of breeds, behavioral needs, and owner lifestyles. I am proud to say that I am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and am the only Certified Professional Dog Trainer servicing the South Georgia area. The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers is the leading globally recognized independent certifying organization. They require their certificants to have a minimum of 300 hours behavior work before being tested, pass a written exam to ensure knowledge of science-based learning theory and canine cognition, maintain continuing education to stay abreast of the most current evidence-based learning theory and application, and pledge to follow the LIMA guideline in training practices. LIMA stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive and is in place to help ensure that dog trainers adhere to effective & humane methods in the treatment of their clients.
It is important to me to maintain the highest level of education in the industry and constantly strive to be better for my clients and myself. In an unregulated industry, anyone can call themselves a professional dog trainer and have no knowledge of learning theory or safe, effective implementation of methods. This is why testing and certification is so important.
"Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, and your entertainment. I only have YOU."