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Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Position Statement

The following statements reflect the opinion of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) supports the adoption or enforcement of a program for the control of nuisance dogs that is fair, non-discriminatory and addresses dogs that are shown to be a nuisance by their actions.  The APDT also supports the adoption or enforcement of laws for the maintenance of a minimum of care for a dog's existence.

As an organization comprised of dog trainers, dog behaviorists and other animal professionals, the APDT is fully aware that a single dog can be as much of a nuisance as a group of dogs.  Whether a dog is considered a nuisance or not is dependent on the owner's commitment level, living arrangement, and the dog's level of training or lack of training, not by the number of pets an individual owns.

Likewise, a single dog can be housed in sub-standard living conditions as well as a group of dogs.  The quality of a dog's care is dependent on the owner's commitment level, available time and other lifestyle factors, not by the number of pets an individual owns.

Approved 2001

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