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The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) UK is a voluntary organisation established to improve the welfare of dogs and the competence of dog owners. The Association promotes training skills and techniques based on up to date and fully researched dog training methods.
The Association provides pet dog training classes and one-to-one lessons to the dog owning public, promoting the use of Kind, Fair and Effective training.
See the Association's comprehensive list of dog trainers by region here.
How to choose a dog trainer
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers was founded in 1995 by John Fisher to offer pet dog owners a guarantee of quality when looking for a puppy and dog training class in their area.
The APDT UK are proud of the fact that they assess all members according to a strict criteria which ensures they have appropriate skills to teach dog training. They are required to keep their education up to date, and adhere to a Code of Practice. If any member is found to be in contravention of this Code then their membership is withdrawn.
Always go to watch a puppy class without your puppy before you book:
Exercises should be broken into small sessions suitable for puppies to learn.
Puppies and people should look relaxed and happy.
Punitive methods or equipment should not be in use.
Noise should be kept to a minimum - shouting is unnecessary and lots of barking can indicate that the dogs are stressed.
Instructors should be approachable. Do they appear friendly and caring in the best interests of owner and pup?
How many puppies are there in the class? Check the size of the venue and number of assistants. Can the instructor keep an eye on everyone?
Methods should suit the dog and handler in question. Food and toys are excellent motivators. Praise alone is not enough.
Play between puppies should be carefully controlled and combined with gentle, effective training.
A training class is not the place to solve a behavioural problem with a dog. Aggressive or nervous dogs need individual attention away from the class environment.