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Career Information

We've prepared answers to frequently-asked questions to help you prepare for a career in dog training.

Recommended Book List

A list of resources; books, videos and web sites for anyone who aspires to be a dog training and behavior professional.

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

Canine Life and Social SkillsC.L.A.S.S. is an educational program to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions.

APDT Foundation

APDT FoundationThe purpose of the APDT Foundation is to raise funds for scientific research and of education  of dog trainers.

Education Programs

Whether you train puppy kindergarten, agility, search and rescue, competition, or work with aggression, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers is the premier educational organization for you!

Annual Conference and Trade Show

Meet and learn from world class speakers, network with APDT members and be a part of the premier canine behavior conference in the nation.

APDT Scholarships


Trainer Networking

Whether you're an experienced trainer or a "newbie," having a group of colleagues to bounce business ideas off of, discuss cases with, collaborate on community projects, or simply to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals, belonging to a trainer networking group can be an invaluable experience.

Regional Networking Groups

Social Media Websites




Dog Trainer Search

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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