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

Professional Dog Certifications

Please perform a search and then 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.


You can also check if the trainer has other certifications such as PMCT, CTC, KPA, VSA-CDT, CDBC or if they are a member of the PPG.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

CHAAMP's preferred professional dog certifications:

Pet Professional Guild

Pat Miller Certified Trainers (PMCT)


The Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC)

Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)!directory/map

Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT)

Fear Free Pets

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

Find a Veterinarian Behaviorist

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

World-Renowned Aggression Expert, Michael Shikashio CDBC


The Loose Leash Academy

Joann is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), an experienced dog trainer who has studied extensively and been certified by Malena DeMartini

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. 




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