This is the official page of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (U.S.), www.apdt.com
We were founded in 1993 by Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D. as a forum for trainers to associate with one another and to discuss topics of mutual interest. We have since become a member-driven organization producing educational conferences in locations throughout the United States. Our annual conference has grown from 250 participants a few years ago to 1500 participants.
Our membership has grown at a similar rate to over 6,000 members worldwide. Our organization is a voice for pet dog trainers. We offer a unique opportunity for professional networking and sharing of ideas through our conferences, membership directory, newsletter and seminars.
We refer, but do not endorse, members listed in our membership directory to clients who call or visit our webpage on a daily basis looking for a trainer in their area.
Our members include world renowned speakers and authors, veterinarians, dog trainers, dog club members, humane society personnel and service dog trainers.
The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world. We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog friendly training techniques.
The APDT and its activities are governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees which is made up of five elected members from around the world. Its membership dues, educational conferences and sponsorships from industry-related businesses finance the organization.
1993 by Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D.
APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, online education, Canine Life and Social Skills Program, Professional Association Membership