The Association of Professional Dog Trainers


Core Purpose

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Core Purpose

To advance excellence in the profession of dog training and behavior consulting.

Our Vision

To be the leader in building and promoting dog training and behavior consulting as a profession.

Core Beliefs

  • We believe in the fundamental value of the special relationship between dogs and humans, which benefits the individual and society as a whole.
  • We believe in the fundamental value to society of the profession of dog training and behavior consulting.
  • We believe in treating our human clients and their dogs with honesty and respect.
  • We believe that dog training and behavior modification should be based on critical thinking, open inquiry, shared knowledge and standards of practice.
  • We believe that reward-based training enhances the human-animal bond.

Core Values

  • Professionalism - acting respectfully and responsibly to dogs, people and colleagues.
  • Excellence - lifelong learning and continued pursuit of knowledge.
  • Integrity -conduct business with professional ethics, honesty and respect.
  • Inclusiveness - treating each other with tolerance and maintaining an environment that respects and builds on the talents of others.
  • Collaboration - working with colleagues and allied animal professions.
  • Service - belief in the value of our members' contribution to our association, and to the clients and communities they serve.

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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2365 Harrodsburg Road A325
Lexington, KY 40504





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