Professional Responsibility

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

We adhere to the standards of the APDT's Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibility.

As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), we will strive to:

  • Develop and apply training programs in line with the APDT's mission of advocating dog-friendly training.
  • Assess our own knowledge, experience and qualifications and work within our professional limits.
  • Continue professional development by reading relevant material; attending conferences, workshops and seminars; and pursuing other educational opportunities.
  • Treat all dogs and clients with respect, taking into account their physical and psychological well-being and respecting clients' wishes regarding the training of their dogs.
  • Refrain from representing dog training and behavioral information as scientific, unless the information is derived from legitimate research.
  • Refrain from giving guarantees regarding the outcome of training, because there is no sure way to guarantee the cooperation and performance of all parties involved and because the knowledge of animal behavior is incomplete. This should not be confused with a desire to guarantee client satisfaction with professional services.
  • Respect the privacy of our clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional services, unless otherwise agreed upon in advance. We will use discretion in revealing information regarding dogs displaying potentially dangerous behavior.
  • Incorporate what it means to be a responsible dog owner into training programs.
  • Be respectful of colleagues and other professionals and not falsely condemn the character of their professional acts.