my credentials

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA seeks and maintains the highest levels of education and independent certification available for dog trainers and behavior consultants.

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC).  Individuals with the CDBC designation have met or exceeded the standards set by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for Dog Behavior Consultants (IAABC).  This certification includes challenging essay questions testing the consultants knowledge of applied behavior analysis, as well as questions requiring the consultant to define precise terms related to behavior science in general, and dog behavior specifically.  Further, the consultant must prepare and submit for review 4 case studies from his or her own practice related to assessing and resolving canine behavior problems.  Consultants with this certification have a minimum of 500 hours of behavior consulting experience at the time of certification.  The consultant is also required to submit personal recommendations from peers, veterinarians and clients to the certification council.  Read more about this certification.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).  Trainers with the CPDT-KA certification have passed a 250 question psychometrically standardized test prepared by the independent Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers.  The exam tests the trainer in six areas of core competency:  1) instructional skill  2) animal husbandry  3) ethology 4) learning theory 5) equipment 6) business practices and ethics.  Trainers with this certification have a minimum of 300 hours of dog training experience at the time of certification.  They also submit recommendations from colleagues, clients, and veterinarians prior to certification.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA).  Trainers with the CPDT-KSA certification meet all the standards of the above-described CPDT-KA.  However, these trainers have also demonstrated their skills to the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers in person or on video.  Read more about the CPDT-KA and CPDT-KSA certifications.

Michael began training professionally in 1999.  From the very beginning he set rigorous standards for himself in both the academic and practical application of behavior science.  Michael has a degree in Communications with a secondary concentration in Psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans.  He also studied Community Counseling at The Graduate School of John Carroll University.  Michael graduated with Honors from The San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers.
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Michael teaches other dog trainers about how to more effectively teach human clients. He offers a mentorship on the subject through the IAABC. Michael also gave a presentation on helping clients achieve their training goals at the IAABC Conference in 2018.

Michael maintains his professional certifications with a minimum of 36 hours continuing education annually.  In addition to attending educational seminars and workshop, Michael has hosted several notable speakers for trainers and training enthusiasts.

Significant Events and Classes Michael has Attended:

    • San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers
    • Susan Friedman PhD’s Living and Learning with Animals
    • Karen Pryor Academy
    • Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo
    • IAABC Annual Educational Conference
    • Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camp

Speakers Michael has Hosted:

    • Jean Donaldson
    • Sue Sternberg
    • Pat Miller
    • Dr. Sophia Yin
    • Susan Friedman PhD
    • Ken Ramirez

Michael speaks publicly and writes about all elements of dog training, behavior, and human coaching.  He’s also a regular contributor to TVdogBlog, and


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