Association of Professional Dog Trainers

DWAA Maxwell Award Winner forBest Special Interest Magazine: The APDT Chronicle of the DogCongratulations to Adrienne Hovey, Editor in Chief, and all of our authors for helping the APDT achieve this prestigious award for 2013!Congratulations to Ris VanFleet, PhD,RPT-S, CDBC!Rise won a special award at the DWAA Banquet on Sunday night for her 'The Empathic Dog Trainer: Considering the Dog's Point of View' article in the Fall 2013 COTDRead Full Article >Call for Speakers Now OPEN!The Dog Trainer's Resource 3 - APDT Chronicle Of The Dog CollectionNow Available from Dogwise!The Dog Trainer's Resource 3 contains the best APDT Chronicle of the Dog articles from the past few years, placing a special emphasis on developing skills in areas where many dog trainers may lack experience, like specialized training protocols and improving business practices for profitability and longevity.Trade Paperback, $24.95Ebook, $13.95 The APDT Member CommunityThe Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) new program will help you say, "My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S." Developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) based on input from both dog owners and non-dog owners, shelter workers, and professional dog trainers, C.L.A.S.S. benefits pet owners, dogs, and everyone in the community!Objectives of C.L.A.S.S.The goals and - Read more - objectives of the Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program.Frequently Asked QuestionsCommon questions about the Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program.Student InformationLearn more about the C.L.A.S.S. program anddownload the Student Handbook.StudentsC.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for students to demonstrate the real-life skills of - dog puppy training - their dogs, as well as - - a knowledge assessment of the students' understanding of basic dog handling and care.Join now >C.L.A.S.S., through its evaluation, curriculum, and training resources, advocates the use of reward-based training. Positive, reward-based training minimizes the use of punishment and is fun for you and your dog!EvaluatorsC.L.A.S.S. Evaluators are Full and Professional Level APDT members; they are dog trainers who embody the link between students and the heart of C.L.A.S.S.--helping students and dogs grow together and reach their C.L.A.S.S. potential.Join now >In a series of real-life activities through which - go to this web-site - an student accompanies his dog, C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators will assess a dog/student team's core training skills, with options to test advanced training skills.Locate an EvaluatorShelters and RescueOne of the goals of the C.L.A.S.S. program was to develop an assessment that is particularly beneficial to the needs of shelter dogs. Any shelter or rescue group that is a registered 501(c)(3) may register their shelter for free and all dogs in your care may be tested in the program with fees waived.Register now >Canine stress in the shelter is a serious concern for the health and well-being of the dogs. Teaching basic obedience behaviors in shelter dogs is vital for increasing their chances of retention in the new home.2014 APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade ShowOctober 15-18, 2014Hartford, CTConnecticut Convention CenterConference Home PageSchedule of events.RegistrationRegister online for the conference. Streaming RegistrationList of 2014 speakers.Travel and HotelTravel and hotel information.Association of Professional Dog TrainersEducational OfferingsWhether you train puppy kindergarten, agility, search and rescue, competition, or work with aggression, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers is the premier educational organization for you! Whether you're the owner of a new dog or puppy, or if you're a serious canine enthusiast or competitor, APDT member trainers can help you gain the most from your companion dog. More about the APDTAPDT Body of KnowledgeThe APDT encourages all trainers and aspiring trainers to pursue continuing education throughout their careers. In an effort to set a standard for what it means to be a "well rounded" dog trainer, the APDT has developed a Body of Knowledge.Annual Educational Conference and Trade ShowRegistration, speakers, highlights, travel deals, and more!Handouts & DownloadsAPDT has many great, ready-to-use resources that are perfect for anyone looking to learn more about dog training, for linking to your own website, for downloading to share with your colleagues and clients, and more.The APDT Chronicle of the Dog PublicationThe quarterly The 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.Member-Sponsored Educational EventsOne of our membership benefits is the privilege of posting seminar/event information free of charge on this Web site.Full list of Member-Sponsored Events