For Pet Dog Owners

The Model Mutt professional dog care curriculum is the highest standard for dog professionals in the industry. The professionals who participate in The Model Mutt curriculum have shown competency in the areas listed below, with video and written testing. Yet, The Model Mutt cannot guarantee that a professional holding any of our certifications will or will not behave true to our standard. We encourage dog owners to perform any screening they would ordinarily do when hiring a professional to care for their pet, while keeping in mind that professionals who have earned certification from The Model Mutt have made a significant investment in their own education and skills. Email esra@themodelmutt.com to double check any professional’s certification status.

Dog Walker Pro

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having completed The Model Mutt’s Dog Walker Pro course, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in leash handling with a single dog with no major behavioral issues, including polite loose-leash walking and reinforcing basic obedience. The professional has shown understanding of concepts in introductory concepts in dog psychology, reading body language, learning theory, and defense from outside threats.

Off-Leash Dog Pro

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having completed The Model Mutt’s Off-Leash Dog Pro course, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in handling a single dog with no major behavioral issues, while off-leash in public space. The professional has shown understanding of concepts in public courtesy and safety, and reinforcing off-leash obedience in a higher-distraction environment. Also includes Dog Walker Pro certification.

Group Walker Pro

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having completed The Model Mutt’s Group Walker Pro course, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in on-leash handling with multiple dogs who have no major behavioral issues. The professional has shown understanding of concepts in safely transporting and introducing dogs, loose-leash walking in a group, and building a reliable pack. Also includes Dog Walker Pro certification.

Pack Hiker Pro

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having completed The Model Mutt’s Pack Hiker Pro course, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in handling at least 4 dogs with no major behavioral issues, while off-leash in public space. The professional has shown understanding of concepts in public courtesy and safety, being a solid pack leader, prepping a new dog for the trail, and reinforcing off-leash obedience in a higher-distraction environment. Also includes Dog Walker Pro, Off-Leash Dog Pro, and Group Walker Pro certifications.

E-Collar Distinction

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having completed The Model Mutt’s E-Collar Distinction course, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in introducing and using the e-collar in a positive and motivational manner, with a dog with no major behavioral issues. The professional has shown understanding of concepts in assessing whether the e-collar is an appropriate tool, and teaching it to a new dog. Also includes Dog Walker Pro and Off-Leash Dog Pro certifications.

Tough Dog Distinction

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having acquired The Model Mutt’s Tough Dog Distinction, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in safe and effective handling for dogs with reactivity, fight/bite/kill histories, high drive and arousal, etc. The professional has shown understanding in concepts in choosing appropriate clients, advanced body language and effective communication, and trust- and confidence-building. This course is only available to select individuals who have shown excellent competency in other course(s) in this program.

In-home Boarding and Daycare

This certification distinguishes a dog-care professional as having completed The Model Mutt’s In-home Boarding and Daycare course, and shown competency in the skills and information presented. A professional with this certification has shown competency in selecting appropriate clients and setting up their home enviroment to reduce anxiety and stress, and increase comfort, safety, and fun, for boarding multiple dogs at a time. Also includes Dog Walker Pro certification.