CBARRC advocates the use of dog-friendly and humane training techniques. Below are a few resources to assist you in finding a trainer/behaviorist. We recommend that you refer to the Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s web site and click on “How to Choose a Trainer”.
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
The APDT is dedicated to building better trainers through education, promoting dog-friendly methods and encouraging their use. Membership is composed of trainers from across the spectrum of training philosophies who have an interest in furthering their knowledge of positive training. Membership in the APDT does not necessarily ensure all members employ similar training methods, nor does the Association set standards of skill or competence. Please refer to the APDT’s “How to Choose a Trainer” guidelines before selecting a dog trainer.
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Up until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for dog trainers. The CCPDT serves to establish and maintain a series of standards for professional competence in pet dog training by certifying dog training professionals. Standards are based on humane practices and the latest scientific knowledge. Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer and may use the designation, CPDT after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the examination again in three years.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior. Join us and discover how insight into animal behavior can strengthen your bond with your pets and enhance the welfare of your patients.