The response to my protest of the CCPDT’s 2009 policy on Training and Behavior Practices arrived today while I was busy working with a longtime client and her new Bouvier puppy.

The verdict was as predicted. The CCPDT will not renew my certification.

Their response, not surprisingly, failed to address the concerns I’d put forward. It defended neither the spirit nor the language of the ill-conceived policy, and avoided defining what is meant by its reference to unnamed “scientific standards,” despite my asking relatively nicely.

All in all, a little anticlimactic. But what did I expect from a body unwilling to allow policy discussion on its own list?

–Ruth Crisler, CPDT-KA

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