The Association of Professional Dog Trainers


Pet Owners

Find a Dog Trainer in Your Area!

Search our worldwide directory to help find the right trainer for you and your companion.

Please also review the following resources for helpful advice on how to become an informed consumer.

Canine Life and Social Skills

Canine Life and Social SkillsDeveloped by the APDT based on input from both dog owners and non-dog owners, shelter workers, and professional dog trainers, C.L.A.S.S. benefits pet owners, dogs, and everyone in the community!

Train Your Dog Month

Train Your Dog MonthAPDT members around the U.S. are planning events on their communities to promote National Train Your Dog Month in January, as well as to promote the benefits of training throughout the rest of the year.

APDT Community

In order to help facilitate trainer education and professional growth, we provide for our members an APDT online community!

  • Join groups and participate in discussions
  • Network and connect with other dog trainers
  • Ask questions in our community forums

Dog Trainers

What I've Learned Talking to Dog Trainers

Listen to a free video of Veronica Boutelle's REX, "What I've Learned Talking to Dog Trainers" presentation from the 2013 APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show. Plus a special discount code for more conference recordings!

APDT Online Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

APDT eLearning Certificate Courses

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Introduction to Learning Theory Kristina Spaulding, PhD.
Aggression and the Law: What Trainers Need to Know Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Top Dog: Lessons from Dog Training for the Entrepreneur Megan Stanley, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA

Member-Sponsored Educational Events

One of our membership benefits is the privilege of posting seminar/event information free of charge on this Web site.

Full list of events

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Feb 09 Suzanne Clothier CARAT 1.2 Austin, TX
Feb 11 Fright or Flight: Understanding and Helping Aggression, Fear and Anxiety Austin, TX
Feb 12 Maddening To Maturity: Understanding and Helping the Adolescent Dog Austin, TX

APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

2017 Event Information

October 18-21, 2017

Richmond Marriott
Richmond, VA

News and Updates

January is the APDT's National Train Your Dog Month

December 16, 2016 - Start 2017 on the right paw with the APDT's National Train Your Dog Month, which celebrates dogs and stresses the importance of canine training among pet professionals as well as modern families with four-legged members.

APDT Office Holiday Schedule

The APDT office will be closed Fri., Dec. 23-Mon., Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays. We will reopen at 8am ET on Tues., Jan. 3.

Washington State Trainer Joins APDT Board of Directors

Dec 12, 2016 - Lisa R. McCluskey, BS, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, has joined the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). An eighth position was recently added to the board and McCluskey was appointed to serve a three-year term that will begin Jan. 1, 2017.

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APDT Chronicle of the Dog

Chronicile of the Dog

The quarterly APDT Chronicle of the Dog keeps APDT members abreast of contemporary pet dog training techniques and provides a lively forum for discussion of dog training and behavior issues.

Annual Conference

Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show


Date: Oct. 18-21, 2017
Location: Richmond, VA.

Richmond Marriott.
Richmond, VA.

APDT Foundation

The corporation is organized for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds for scientific research and of education  of dog trainers.

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