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Standards of Practice

Adopted September 27, 2016

The Standards of Practice for the members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers provide a framework of principles to convey a collective vision of professionalism, skills and values. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), each individual member will undertake the following:

  • To understand and promote Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA)
  • To work on achieving the goals found in the APDT's Body of Knowledge (BOK) required for those practicing as dog trainers and behavior counselors.
  • To continue professional development by reading relevant material; attending conferences, workshops and seminars; and pursuing other educational opportunities.
  • To refrain from representing dog training and behavioral information as scientific, unless the information is derived from peer-reviewed and published research.
  • To refrain from offering guarantees regarding the outcome of training.
  • To maintain professionalism at all times by:
    • Providing honest services
    • Treating all dogs and clients with respect
    • Respecting the privacy of member clients
    • Maintaining professionalism related to colleagues and other professionals and not condemning the character of their professional acts.

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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