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How to Choose a Dog Trainer

AVSAB How to Choose a Trainer Handout

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior 

Companion Animal Psychology by By Zazie Todd, PhD 

How to Choose a Dog Trainer by Nicole Wilde

How To Find A Reputable Dog Trainer by Chelsea Murray

Position Statements from The Pet Professional Guild

Find a Dog Professional Near You

When in doubt, please ask if they follow AVSAB's Humane Dog Training Position Statement, which recommends that only reward-based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems.


Check if the trainer has certifications such as APDT, Fear-Free, CTC, IAABC-ADT, KPA, VSA-CDT, PMCT or if they are a member of the PPG.

Professional Dog Certifications

Pet Professional Guild

The Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC)

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)!directory/map

Pat Miller Certified Trainers (PMCT)

Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT)

Fear Free Certified Dog Professional

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

Find a Veterinarian Behaviorist or Behaviorist (CDBC)

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Instinct Dog Behavior & Training

Other Resources

World-Renowned Aggression Expert, Michael Shikashio CDBC


Malena DeMartini

is the world’s leading separation anxiety training expert.

You can have a consult with a CSAT and also offers 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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