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About the APDT

Who We Are

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.

Benefits of Membership

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History of the APDT

The APDT was founded in 1993 by Ian Dunbar, PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS, CPDT.

Core Purpose

To advance excellence in the profession of dog training and behavior consulting.

Code of Professional Conduct

The APDT created the Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibility to set forth aspirations and guidelines for APDT members of all levels to provide outstanding service and pursue continuing education.

The APDT Foundation

The APDT Foundation was created to help fund research of benefit to dog trainers and behavior counselors.

Media Center

Official APDT Press Releases and media contact information.

Board of Trustees

Board members serve for three-year, staggered terms, with three positions opening each year.


APDT Committees and Task Forces help the APDT board and staff with our various programs and services.


Awards, scholarships, and essay contests.

The APDT Chronicle of the Dog

Our award-winning quarterly journal for members.

Bylaws of the APDT

As Adopted on September 9, 2003 amended August 14, 2013.


Official APDT Administrative Policies

Position Statements

Official APDT Position Statements on a variety of dog-related issues.

Become a Partner

As an APDT partner, you’ll experience benefits like cross promoting your organization’s initiatives, conference and event support, PR and media relations support, strengthening your social media fanbase, and more.

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Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1993.
  • Members from all over the world.
  • Mission: To represent and advance the dog training profession through education and advocacy.

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