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Start with a certified dog trainer*
Look for trainers who have passed a written and/or hands-on examination of their knowledge of dog behavior, training theory and teaching skills. Check out the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers at ccpdt.org or The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants at iaabc.org.
What qualities should you look for in a trainer?
- Holds the proper certification, as listed above.
- Emphasizes rewards-based training methods. These methods focus on teaching the dog what to do and managing the dog’s environment to prevent mistakes rather than punishing them.
- Does not guarantee results. Trainers should recognize and acknowledge the complexity of both human and dog behavior
*If your dog is experiencing serious aggression, fear or anxiety, skip right to a veterinary behaviorist.
If you still need more help after seeing a certified trainer, visit a veterinary behaviorist.
Veterinary behaviorists are veterinarians who have completed a residency with a specialty in animal behavior and have passed a qualifying examination. A list of veterinary behaviorists can be found at dacvb.org. Click the “For the Public” tab, then “Find a Board-Certified Behaviorist.”
Note: Many trainers are providing virtual services in addition to or instead of in-person services. Check with providers directly.
The ASPCA provides the above certified professional dog trainer resource list for the convenience of its clients, and inclusion on this list does not suggest any formal affiliation with any of the service providers named herein. The ASPCA makes no representation or warranty whatsoever about, and shall not be held liable for, the services that may be subsequently provided by any such service provider. Further, this resource list does not constitute an endorsement by the ASPCA of any service provider, company, product, or person.
Still have questions?
Contact our Behavior Specialists at [email protected] or (212) 876-7700 x4191