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How to Choose a Dog Trainer

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AVSAB How to Choose a Trainer Handout

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior 

Companion Animal Psychology by Zazie Todd, PhD

How To Find A Reputable Dog Trainer by Chelsea Murray

How to Choose a Dog Trainer by Nicole Wilde

Position Statements from The Pet Professional Guild

Rewards-Based Training

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Humane Dog Training Position Statement recommends that only reward-based training methods should be used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems.

Join the Facebook Group: Alaskan Malamute Training 

Free resources and training guides for Malamute families. We highly recommend it.

What Does That Dog Training Certification Mean?

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CTC, IAABC, KPA CTP, VSA-CDT, PCT, Fear-FreePMCT

Memberships: APDT, PPG, IAABC

Find a Dog Professional

Pet Professional Guild

The Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC)

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT)

Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)!directory/map

Professional Canine Trainer (Accredited) PCT-A

Pat Miller Certified Trainers (PMCT)

Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT)

Fear Free Certified Professionals

Veterinary Practice, Groomer, and Trainers specialized in managing and handling dogs alongside a veterinary team.

Find a Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist (DACVB)

DACVB can assess and treat your dog for behavioral issues, diagnose medical conditions, provide behavior modification plans, and prescribe pharmaceutical treatments. The purpose of medication is to improve your pet's physical and mental health, so that they are able to experience life without losing control of their emotions or being frozen from fear. Animals need to be emotionally stable, healthy, and free of pain to be able to learn new behavior(s) and create healthy habits. A Veterinary Behaviorist will help us learn how to help our furry family members.  

PODCAST:  Behavior Buzzzzzz with 2 Amys Dr. Amy L. Pike & Dr. Amy Learn

The 2 Amys are Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorists. "We provide clinical insight into underlying causes of behavior problems, make cynical sense of nonsense, disprove myths, and promote positive, trusting human/animal relationships."

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB)

Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAABs)

This certification requires a PhD in biological or behavioral science with an emphasis on animal behavior and 5 years' experience in applied animal behavior. They cannot prescribe pharmaceutical treatments; however, they may work with your dog's veterinarian. They are actual "behaviorist".  

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)

Warning, anyone can call themselves a "behaviorist" because the dog training industry is unregulated. A CDBC is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). They are trained to assess dog behavior issues, identify the root cause, and create a training or treatment plan to modify unwanted behavior(s). They work with your veterinarian to see if your dog's health is impacting their behavior. They cannot prescribe medication. 

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA®)

These advanced trainers provide behavior consultations and e certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. 

Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (Accredited) PCBC-A

This certification is offered through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.

Other Certifications

Family Dog Mediation® certification

Kim Brophey CDBC, CPDT-KA, is an applied ethologist created Dog L.E.G.S.® (Learning, Environment, Genetics, & Self) model. "LEARNING—your dog’s experiences and education; ENVIRONMENT—the many aspects of your dog’s external world; GENETICS—the DNA that designed your dog inside and out; SELF—the unique interior world of your dog: health, development, age, sex, and individuality" 

Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT)

Malena DeMartini is the world’s leading separation anxiety training expert.

Consult with a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) or take an online course. 

The Loose Leash Academy

Talk to a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) certified by Malena DeMartini.

Separation Anxiety Dog

Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT offering remote support in English or **Spanish**.

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