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Association of Professional Dog Trainer


These shared standards provide a framework of principles, professionalism, skills and values in positive reinforcement-based training. As members/certificants, everyone will undertake the following as a condition of membership/certification:

• To understand and promote Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) training and behavior work

• To continue professional development by reading relevant material; attending conferences, workshops and seminars; and pursuing other educational opportunities

• To review and understand source material and academic texts for information

• To abstain from representing 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 and behavior work

• To always maintain professionalism through:

• Providing services honestly

• Treating animals and clients respectfully

• Valuing and preserving the privacy of clients

• Maintaining professionalism with colleagues and other professionals.

The Standards of Practice is effective immediately for members of the IAABC and APDT and goes into effect January 1st, 2019, for certificants of the CCPDT.As a member of APDT I am held to the following standards:

The Aggression in Dogs Conference 2021

Informed by Science

Guided by Empa​thy

Governed by Ethics

Certified October 24th, 2021

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