Canyon Lake dog trainer achieves certification from CCPDT

Elle Williams is pictured with her rescue dogs Bear, Gracie, Olive, and Bandit. Photo provided by Elle Williams.

Canyon Lake resident and home dog trainer Elle Williams achieved certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). 

In order to achieve certification recognition, Williams was required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of dog training, pass a 200-question CCPDT-KA exam, and provide a signed attestation statement from a CCPDT certificant or a veterinarian.

Established in 2001, CCPDT is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Thousands of dog training professionals worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction.

Williams is the proud pet parent to four rescue dogs: Gracie, a female American pit bull terrier; Olive, a female American Staffordshire terrier; Bandit, a female rat terrier mix; and Bear, a male hound mix.

Training dogs since 2019, Williams launched Give a Sit Dog Training in early 2021. Certified in dog psychology, nutrition, and grooming, Williams specializes in basic obedience, puppy preparation for basic obedience, advanced obedience, and behavior adjustment training. Her courses include corrections for unwanted behaviors and other topics such as toys, tricks, and getting energy out.

“Through educating and training, I hope to better the lives of both dogs and their human companions,” Williams said. “I train using force-free methods that are up to date with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement. By making training a positive experience, students and their beloved dogs create a bond greater than what they could have ever imagined.”

Williams said her love of dogs started when she adopted a special needs dog named Donut, who inspired her to explore the field of animal care and education. 

In 2017, Williams founded Donuts Dandy Donation. Since then, she has raised more than $5000 by donating a portion of over 80 original pet portrait commissions to local animal shelters such as Animal Friends of the Valleys.

For more information about Elle Williams or her dog training courses, call 949-482-7267.


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