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

APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

2016 Event Information

October 12-15, 2016

Rio Hotel
Las Vegas

News and Updates

APDT Message from the Chair

May 27, 2016 - Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA, Chairperson for the Board of Trustees, shares her thoughts on the APDT's most recent board meeting and the state of the association.

APDT Office Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 25, 2016 - The APDT office will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen, Tuesday, May 31 at 8am ET.

APDT Creates Locate a Trainer Brochure

April 6, 2016 - Free introductory packets of this brochure have been sent to select animal shelters, veterinary hospitals and pet stores throughout the U.S. to encourage and assist pet owners in finding APDT trainers where they live. 

APDT Message from the Chair

March 28, 2016 - Greetings APDT members! At the beginning of March, your board of trustees held our monthly phone meeting. Full letter

More stories

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 12-15, 2016
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Rio Hotel
Las Vegas

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.

Visit Foundation website

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2365 Harrodsburg Road A325
Lexington, KY 40504





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