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Why Join APDT?

APDT membership solves problems. A lot of problems.

Membership is an investment in learning and qualifications, in networking and industry recognition, and in growing your business. But more than that, APDT membership is an investment in the most unique relationship on earth – between humans and their canine companions.

Finding career opportunities in a highly specialized industry.

APDT members have exclusive access to our job bank, so finding that opportunity you’ve always wanted or hiring the help you need is just a few clicks away.

Keeping up to date with the latest trends, techniques, advice, and industry news.

The APDT Chronicle of the Dog is the dog training world’s premier publication. It’s free to members and even non-members can subscribe to our industry-leading monthly magazine.

Creating and maintaining superior industry standards.

In an effort to set industry standards, the APDT and its members have developed the Body of Knowledge (BOK), six specific subject areas that make up a well-rounded dog training or behavior professional.

Continuing Professional Education

Staying up to date with qualifications that fit around your work and life.

APDT membership allows you to learn and improve résumé at any time, in any place, and at any pace. Continuing professional education helps APDT members to stay on top of their game.

 50+ Member Discounts

APDT Members stretch budgets and grow bottom lines by taking advantage of member discounts. Thanks to the support and dedication of many of our vendor partners, APDT helps its members to lower business costs by offering a wide range of member-only discounts.

Trainer Search

APDT’s Trainer Search is one of the most widely-used dog trainer search functions, helping thousands of dog owners use it to find the right local trainer for their unique situation.

Peer-to-Peer Networking

Think you’re alone? With APDT membership, no matter where you are, there’s a colleague close by. To be a dog trainer often means working alone, but with APDT membership you’ll have thousands of colleagues to lean on.

Creating credibility in a crowded marketplace.

APDT members can use our logo in their communications and use our range of business paperwork templates. In this crowded industry, standing out from the crowd is what makes a hobby a profitable and desirable career.

Annual Conference and Trade Show

At the annual APDT Conference and Trade Show, APDT members can learn, meet, and try out thousands of exciting new canine products, all under one roof. No wonder it’s the highlight of the year for our members.

Additional Member Resources

Whether you’re looking for the right reading material or are looking to start a career in dog training, APDT membership has you covered. Whether you are a novice setting out on your first career steps or a veteran with years of experience, you’re in the right place.

Whatever you need, APDT membership has it.

Membership benefits don’t stop there: free access to Speak, our weekly industry newsletter; CLASS, our members-only training course; participation in Train Your Dog Month; and the opportunity to volunteer in industry task forces.

Unleash Your Imagination.

The annual APDT Conference and Trade Show is where APDT members can learn, network, and discover exciting new canine products, all under one roof. It’s a member favorite.

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