I've wanted to ask some advice from other trainers here who have already tested for their CPDT. I've been trying to get some of my hours in that I need to have before I submit my application for the exam. They say approx 225 of those hours have to be as a head trainer. What's the easiest way to get involved in a training program to earn those hours? How do most trainers start you off in teaching lessons? Did you work under a trainer in an apprentice type setting or what? Also... aside from the recommended reading list in the handbook are there any other materials you think are worth looking into to gain some more understanding? I really want to focus more with dogs that have behavior problems eventually. Basically... any advice you can give me as far as learning and gaining experience with training dogs and preparing for this exam would be great. I'm really trying to step it up and get moving with all of this since this is something I want as a career.