Monday, April 02, 2007

Congratulations Bridget!

Let's hear it for Bridget Desroches for becoming the sixth Gemini Dogs instructor to earn her Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT) certification! Great job, Bridget! This is a very huge deal since few dog professionals attain this certification.

A staff member since 2001, Bridget started instructing in 2005, is an AKC-certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and is a member of the APDT. She and her Border Collies train in competitive canine disc and are members of the Blue Dog Group, an exhibition group.

Here's one of Bridget's dogs, Gromit, during a canine disc demo:

Bridget joins our other CPDT-certified trainers Carolyn Barney, Paul Emerson, Jean McCord, Sally Garrod, and Jan Fulton.

A CPDT-certified trainer is one who has met eligibility requirements and has successfully demonstrated his or her knowledge by passing the certification exam. To meet eligibility requirements, candidate trainers must have:

  • At least 300 hours experience in dog training within the last five years
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • One reference each from a veterinarian, a client, and a professional colleague.

Knowledge of dog behavior and application of training techniques are assessed in the following content areas:

  • Learning theory
  • Instruction skills
  • Husbandry
  • Ethology
  • Equipment
Certified Pet Dog Trainers maintain their credential through continuing education by attending workshops, conferences, and hands-on seminars for professional dog trainers. This continuing education requirement ensures that Certified Pet Dog Trainers are knowledgeable about the most current thinking, research, and techniques in the field.


  1. Michelle Borelli, Owner2:26 PM

    Great Job, Bridget! We knew you could do it! You make the entire Gemini Dogs team very proud to have you as a member of our staff...


  2. I have had Puppy Play School with Bridget and both myself and my dog D'Artagnan love her. She is terrific with the dogs. I am very happy for her! She is a remarkable trainer! Also Congratulations on your wedding and honeymoon! We missed you while you were away!

  3. Bridget Desroches, CPDT7:18 AM

    Thanks so much for your warm wishes - however I have been married for 7 years now! I was actually out sick - Paul was just being a silly goose with you while I was gone :). He loves to do that to instructors he subs for! We never know where our classes will think we've been :). I will accept your warm wished on behalf of CPDT certification though :>.