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

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 16 CARAT 1.2 Decatur, GA
Feb 18 You Had Me at Sniff: Understanding Dog-Dog Interactions Decatur, GA
Feb 18 See The Dog: The Elemental Questions Decatur, GA

APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

2017 Event Information

October 18-21, 2017

Richmond Marriott
Richmond, VA

News and Updates

APDT Office Holiday Schedule

The APDT office will be closed Thurs., Nov. 24 and Fri., Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen at 8am ET on Mon., Nov. 28.

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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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Lexington, KY 40504





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