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Regional Networking Groups

group of dogsIn order to help facilitate trainer education and professional growth, we are providing a listing of "trainer networking groups." 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. If there's no group in your area, we have provided some helpful guidelines on how to form a group.

If you are a part of a trainer networking group and would like to have your group added to this listing, please send an email to information@apdt.com for more information.

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California

Southern California's Dog Trainers Forum

Region: Southern California
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Contact:
Jill Marie-Obrien email icon Phone: 818-235-4727

Colorado

Colorado Dog Trainers Network

Region: Colorado
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Meetings are quarterly - visit website for dates. Location is Denver metro area, specific locations vary.
Discussion Topics: Training and business education (case studies, presentations, discussion topics, etc.), networking
Contact:
Sue Brown email icon

Delaware

Alliance For Progressive Pet Trainers

Region: Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Delaware County, ontgomery County, Chester County, Bucks County, and some parts of New Jersey)
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Last Thursday of every month at 11:00AM. Location: Bertucci's at Plymouth Meeting Mall.
Discussion Topics: Training problems and issues, case studies, marketing, and demos.
Contact:
Jane Brydon email icon Phone: 484-437-8183
Suzette Nicolini email icon Phone: 610-529-7409

Florida

South Florida Trainers

Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFLDogTrainers
Region: South Florida area
Number of members: 25+
APDT Membership Req? Yes
Open To: Any APDT dog trainer
Location:
Meets last Friday of every month from 11:30 -1:00 p.m. at the the Dunkin Donuts in Davie (right off the turnpike!). 2895 SW 64th Ave, Davie, FL 33314. 

Meeting is in the large air conditioned conference room.

Discussion Topics:

Everything related to becoming better professionals! We discuss cases together, share information, watch DVDs for continuing education, discuss dog training books and articles, as well as business development and how we can make a positive impact on our local communities in SFL.

Contact:
Dee Hoult email icon Phone: 786-529-7833

Georgia

Dog Trainers of the Carolinas

Region: Greenville, SC, Upstate South Carolina, SW North Carolina, NE Georgia
Number of members: 15
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Panera Bread, Greenridge Center, I85 and Woodruff Rd, Greenville SC
Discussion Topics: format for meetings, code of conduct, difficult clients
Contact:
Sue Conklin email icon Phone: (864) 243-9450

Indiana

The Hound Table

Region: Central Indiana
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Our monthly discussion group is open to anyone interested in dog training as a hobby or profession.
Profile: The Hound Table is comprised of a local dog trainers interested in continued education, professional development and networking with other trainers.
Location: Meets first Friday of every month at 7:00PM. Location varies.
Discussion Topics: Topics include training, behavior, professional development, staff management, professional burn out, counseling clients and gaining "buy in",seminar over views, book reviews and more!
Contact:
Brad Phifer email icon Phone: (317) 408-8018

Kansas

HEARTland Positive Dog Training Alliance (HEART)

Web site: http://www.trainerswithheart.com
Region: Greater Kansas City Missouri and Kansas
Number of members: 40+
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: We have 2 levels of membership: Professional member - Be currently working as 1) a positive reinforcement 2) be apprenticing with a +R dog trainer with the intent of becoming a +R dog trainer or 3) have previously worked as a +R dog trainer. *Commit to continually learning and practicing to improve your knowledge and skills. *Attend one meeting, submit an application along with $25 membership dues and be voted into the alliance. Supporting member - Open to anyone who has an interest in +R dog training. *Attend one meeting, submit an application along with $15 membership dues and be voted into the alliance. *Membership dues $15 annually (veterinarians are exempt from annual dues).
Location: We meet at different places so those in outlying areas aren’t always driving too far.  We meet the 3rd Monday of every other month with educational presentations at each meeting.
Contact:
Patty Homer email icon

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Canine Professionals Club (MCPC)

Region:
Number of members: 47
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Profile: Dog trainers come together to discuss what works in terms of both dog and business problems, solutions and directions.
Location:

April 29 at 6:30pm at the NewtonMarriott

Contact:
Peter Gobel email icon Phone: 781-249-5236
Lisa Rae McCluskey email icon

Maryland

Baltimore Force Free (BFF)

Web site: http://www.baltimoreforcefree.com/
Region: Baltimore MD & surrounding areas
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Open to businesses and individuals in the animal care industry (trainers, groomers, rescues, vets, day care, etc)
Profile:

BFF is Baltimore Force Free - Baltimore-area dog businesses devoted to treating dogs and their humans with humane, force-free methods.  Members pledge to use the scientific principles of learning theory to teach, encourage, support and reward behavior. Using force-free training, handling, and management techniques helps to reduce stress and build confidence thereby increasing the dog’s willingness and ability to learn. In doing so a trusting bond is also developed. Therefore, we choose to teach, not correct; reward, not punish; show, not force.

Want to learn more? Please contact us. We welcome your questions, big and small!

Discussion Topics:

Training, manners, tricks, grooming, medical care, socialization, etc

Contact:
Amie Glasgow email icon Phone: 410-235-8826 x 151

Missouri

HEARTland Positive Dog Training Alliance (HEART)

Web site: http://www.trainerswithheart.com
Region: Greater Kansas City Missouri and Kansas
Number of members: 40+
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: We have 2 levels of membership: Professional member - Be currently working as 1) a positive reinforcement 2) be apprenticing with a +R dog trainer with the intent of becoming a +R dog trainer or 3) have previously worked as a +R dog trainer. *Commit to continually learning and practicing to improve your knowledge and skills. *Attend one meeting, submit an application along with $25 membership dues and be voted into the alliance. Supporting member - Open to anyone who has an interest in +R dog training. *Attend one meeting, submit an application along with $15 membership dues and be voted into the alliance. *Membership dues $15 annually (veterinarians are exempt from annual dues).
Location: We meet at different places so those in outlying areas aren’t always driving too far.  We meet the 3rd Monday of every other month with educational presentations at each meeting.
Contact:
Patty Homer email icon

North Carolina

Carolina's Trainer Forum

Region: All of North and South Carolina
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? Yes
Open To: Anyone
Contact:
Teoti Anderson email icon Phone: 803-334-0174

Charleston Trainers Roundtable

Region: Charleston, SC and surrounding counties
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Charleston County - restaurant location changes every meeting
Discussion Topics: Companion pet training focused with other pet care topics included
Contact:
C.C. Casale email icon Phone: 843-819-6633

Dog Trainers of the Carolinas

Region: Greenville, SC, Upstate South Carolina, SW North Carolina, NE Georgia
Number of members: 15
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Panera Bread, Greenridge Center, I85 and Woodruff Rd, Greenville SC
Discussion Topics: format for meetings, code of conduct, difficult clients
Contact:
Sue Conklin email icon Phone: (864) 243-9450

New Jersey

Central Jersey Dog Professionals

Web site: http://www.meetup.com/Central-Jersey-Dog-Professionals/
Region: Central New Jersey (Mercer & Middlesex Counties, including some parts of Pennsylvania)
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Be a pet professional (dog trainer, groomer, pet sitter, veterinarian, etc.) or work in a pet industry (including rescues, retail, nonprofits) and want to network with other pet professionals as well as learn more on a variety of topics.
Location: 2nd Thursday of every month @ 510 Nassau Park Blvd, West Windsor, NJ
Contact:
Jenny Stamm email icon

Alliance For Progressive Pet Trainers

Region: Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Delaware County, ontgomery County, Chester County, Bucks County, and some parts of New Jersey)
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Last Thursday of every month at 11:00AM. Location: Bertucci's at Plymouth Meeting Mall.
Discussion Topics: Training problems and issues, case studies, marketing, and demos.
Contact:
Jane Brydon email icon Phone: 484-437-8183
Suzette Nicolini email icon Phone: 610-529-7409

New York

American Pet Professionals

Web site: http://americanpetprofessionals.com
Region: Long Island
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Be in the pet industry, whether you are a dog trainer, animal rescue or non profit, veterinarian, etc. Anything in the pet industry!
Profile:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/American-Pet-Professionals-1492539121028955/

Twitter: @AmericanPetPros Periscope: @AmericanPetPros

Location: Monthly - visit web site for dates. Various locations across Long Island.
Contact:
Nancy Hassel email icon

New York City Dog Trainers

Web site: www.dapperdogtraining.com
Region: Group Location: Manhattan Area Covered: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and LI City, Staten Island
Number of members: Unlimited
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: For all those who have an interest in dogs, training dogs, talking dog, dog sitting, dog boarding, sharing ideas and anecdotes, and coffee.
Location: 77 Worth St, Tribeca, NYC
Next Meeting Date/Time: Saturday November 6th, 3 PM.
Contact:
Jessica Jacobson email icon Phone: 917-538-4296

Oregon

Northwest Professional Dog Trainers Association

Web site: http://www.facebook.com/groups/192088077592116/
Region: Greater Portland Metro Area, Oregon, Southern Washington
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Trainers and those in related fields
Profile:
NPDTA is an organization dedicated to the betterment of area trainers through networking, support, education and community service. All dog trainers and related professionals are welcome to join. Positive methods are encouraged but not required. 
Location: Monthly meetings; location varies
Discussion Topics: Training cases, client challenges, business development, networking opportunities and education
Contact:
Mary Majchrowski email icon Phone: 503-686-5890

PDX Positive Trainers

Web site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PDX-Pos-Trainers/
Region: Greater Portland Metro Area
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Quarterly - visit web site for dates.
Discussion Topics: Training topics, client issues, competition, and business-related topics.
Contact:
Carol Hibner email icon

Willamette Valley Hound Table

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Number of members: 5
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Must participate in a canine related industry
Profile: We are a group of training and behavior volunteers and professionals, dog day care workers, shelter workers and groomers who meet monthly to discuss topics, provide support through sharing resources and friendship and networking.
Location: Willamette Humane Society, Education Hall - Salem, Oregon
Discussion Topics: Varies
Contact:
Catherine Steinke email icon Phone: 503- 585-5900 ext 326

Pennsylvania

Alliance For Progressive Pet Trainers

Region: Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Delaware County, ontgomery County, Chester County, Bucks County, and some parts of New Jersey)
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Last Thursday of every month at 11:00AM. Location: Bertucci's at Plymouth Meeting Mall.
Discussion Topics: Training problems and issues, case studies, marketing, and demos.
Contact:
Jane Brydon email icon Phone: 484-437-8183
Suzette Nicolini email icon Phone: 610-529-7409

South Carolina

Carolina's Trainer Forum

Region: All of North and South Carolina
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? Yes
Open To: Anyone
Contact:
Teoti Anderson email icon Phone: 803-334-0174

Dog Trainers of the Carolinas

Region: Greenville, SC, Upstate South Carolina, SW North Carolina, NE Georgia
Number of members: 15
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Location: Panera Bread, Greenridge Center, I85 and Woodruff Rd, Greenville SC
Discussion Topics: format for meetings, code of conduct, difficult clients
Contact:
Sue Conklin email icon Phone: (864) 243-9450

Tennessee

Mid-TN Positive Dog Trainer Group

Web site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mid-tnpdtgroup
Region: Middle Tennessee - Area Covered: Middle Tennessee; cities and states beyond the Middle TN area.
Number of members: 5
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: R+ training ONLY allowed and discussed for trainers, breeders, vets, vet techs, rescue groups and anyone wanting to network with positive reinforcement trainers.
Location: TBD
Contact:
Patricia Calderone email icon Phone: 615-739-4913

Southern Appalachia Professional Trainers

Web site: http://saprofessionaltrainers.blogspot.com
Region: Southern Appalachia
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Contact:
Katherine Rollins email icon Phone: (423) 552-1416

Texas

Canine Behavior Alliance

Web site: http://www.cbatx.weebly.com
Region: Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, and Surrounding Areas of Texas
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Associate Membership open to all trainers and behavior consultants by approval. Professional Membership requires CPDT-KA/CBCC-KA certification or Veterinary Behaviorist Board Certification. Fellowship open to academics and licensed, practicing DVM's. All trainers and behavior consultants must abide by CCPDT Code of Ethics whether they are credentialed or not.? There are no fees or dues.?
Profile: The CBA is a collection of professional dog trainers, behavior consultants, academics, and veterinarians who have come together to promote a stronger human-canine connection.
Location: Varies
Discussion Topics: Continuing Education, Networking, Seminars, Business Advice, Community Service Opportunities, New Techniques, New Research
Contact:
CJ Murray email icon

DFW Force-Free Trainers Network

Web site: http://dfwforcefree.weebly.com
Region:
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: New members must be recommended by a current member and are vetted by admins.
Location: Varies
Discussion Topics: Discussed: sharing ideas, solutions, seminar information
Contact:
Barb Gadola email icon Phone: (817) 600-9325

Houston Clickers

Region: Houston Area
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Anyone
Contact:
Abby Harrison email icon Phone: 713-291-2813

Washington

Northwest Professional Dog Trainers Association

Web site: http://www.facebook.com/groups/192088077592116/
Region: Greater Portland Metro Area, Oregon, Southern Washington
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Trainers and those in related fields
Profile:
NPDTA is an organization dedicated to the betterment of area trainers through networking, support, education and community service. All dog trainers and related professionals are welcome to join. Positive methods are encouraged but not required. 
Location: Monthly meetings; location varies
Discussion Topics: Training cases, client challenges, business development, networking opportunities and education
Contact:
Mary Majchrowski email icon Phone: 503-686-5890

Professional Dog Trainers of Western Washington

Region: Western Washington State
Number of members: 6
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Members must fill out an application and sign a code of conduct ensuring business professionalism and using least invasive, minimally aversive training methods
Profile: We are a group of positive reinforcement based trainers and behavior consultants in Western Washington coming together for the purpose of networking, support, business development and continuing education.  
Location: We meet in Edmonds WA 7:00 pm on the first Monday of every  month

Main Contact Patty Homer - pattythepuppypro@gmail.com

Discussion Topics: Discussions include continuing education presentations and opportunities, business development and case studies as well as business and personal growth and encouragement.
Contact:
Patty Homer email icon Phone: 206-370-2728

Puget Sound Positive Trainers

Web site: http://www.seattledogtraining.com/
Region: Western Washington, particularly around Seattle
Number of members: No Limit
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Membership by referral only
Discussion Topics: Referrals, training ideas, local dog events, etc.
Contact:
Emily Keegans email icon Phone: 425-373-5385

Wisconsin

Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin (FFTW)

Web site: http://www.forcefreewisconsin.com
Region: Entire state of Wisconsin
Number of members: 30
APDT Membership Req? No
Open To: Approved applicants who agree and adhere to the FFTW guiding principles and professional ethics
Profile: The FFTW is a membership group advocating for the physical, emotional and environmental well being of companion animals. We are dedicated to training methods and techniques that focus on teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and exclude the use of physical or psychological intimidation.

www.facebook.com/ForceFreeTrainersofWisconsin
Location: We meet quarterly at various locations throughout SE Wisconsin
Discussion Topics: Training and behavior cases, marketing, recent and future continuing education seminars
Contact:
Laura Holder email icon Phone: (262) 844-9857

Legal Notice: This listing is provided as a service to APDT members who wish to form networking groups with other members and local pet service providers. APDT does not endorse these members and networking groups, and makes no representations, warranties or guarantees as to, and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these groups. APDT expressly disclaims all liability for damages of any kind arising out of the use or performance of the services provided by these groups.

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