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10 Reasons Why Membership Pays

Join the APDTOur members have made the APDT successful by working together to learn from each other and promote training to the dog owning public. Here are 10 reasons why APDT membership pays:

Thousands of the world's most successful dog trainers belong!


Trainer Search on the APDT Web Site

Increase your business with your listing on the APDT web site Trainer Search. New improvements and features to come in 2012 include social media options and a mobile version.


The APDT Chronicle of the Dog

Further your knowledge of dog training and behavior through your subscription to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, our award-winning quarterly full-color publication, now available in print and digital editions.


Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)®

The APDT Canine Life and Social Skills program (C.L.A.S.S.)® is designed to promote positive training and building relationships with dogs to the average pet owner. We are very excited about the C.L.A.S.S. program which will only be available for APDT members.


APDT Community Online

Find members to network with and discuss training and business topics through your access to our members only private social network, our online membership directory and listings of regional trainer networking groups. Volunteer opportunities are also available through the network.


Annual Educational Conference

Members receive a discount on attendance at our renowned Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show – five days of training and behavior seminars and networking with trainers from all over the U.S. and the world. Members also receive free access to videos of select seminars from APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade show, as well as to free podcasts, the workbook available for download, and the PowerPoint presentations from most of the seminars.



Partake in online educational opportunities on dog training and behavior to earn CEUs. Webinars occur weekly and archived recordings are available for purchase. Select webinars are available for free throughout the year.


Train Your Dog Month Promotion

Promote your local business through dozens of downloadable handouts and marketing materials from Participate in our dog owner and member contests to win prizes and recognition on our web sites and press releases!


Public Relations and Outreach

Benefit from increased visibility for the APDT through social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, and more), our national press releases to the media, and our enhanced presence at trade shows for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and shelter staff. Enhance your educational offerings for clients and your community through access to topical handouts for pet owners and PowerPoint presentations.


APDT logo

Display your commitment to education and professional growth to your current and future clients through the use of the APDT logos on your marketing materials and web site.


Member Discounts

Enjoy valuable discounts on pet-related vendors such as Dogwise Books, NewTrix, Tawzer Dog Videos, Staples, VPI, and more. Access low-cost opportunities to establish a web presence.

Levels of Membership

More About Membership Levels and Comparison of Benefits

Professional Premium Members – This membership category corresponds to the current Professional level membership category. It is meant for the same types of individuals in the Professional membership category, but provides additional benefits, services and discounts for members who want to increase their service level from the association. These benefits include ability to become a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator by taking the tests online without paying an additional fee; the ability to register one week earlier than other members for the annual conference; a higher rate of discounts for a variety of APDT programs, and additional features on the trainer search, as well as a highlighted trainer listing. $160/year

Professional Members – This membership category corresponds to the current Full Membership category. This category is designed for members who are full and part-time trainers and behavior consultants who work for income or as volunteers. These members teach group classes, do private consults, and may work in a shelter, veterinary or other training setting such as service dog, animal assisted intervention, working dog, and sports dog training, to name a few. $110/year

Supporting Members – This membership category corresponds to the current Associate Membership category. This membership category is for those who are interested in learning about training and behavior, but who are not trainers. Supporting members would include vendors, allied professionals, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, students and apprentices, groomers, daycare/boarding play group monitors, pet sitters, and shelter workers. $89/year

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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