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The APDT Foundation Auction and Reception will begin at 6:30 p.
While the APDT itself does not certify trainers nor are its members necessarily committed to force-free training, this organization did launch the CCPDT in 2001 (see below), which has certified more than 2,000 training and behavior professionals worldwide.
The APDT site states: "It is sad and incomprehensible that some trainers are still using harmful and damaging equipment, for instance, prong, choke and electric collars, along with training techniques such as alpha rolls, lead jerks, kicks and other punishing methods.
While membership in the APDT is not restricted to positive reinforcement-based trainers, included in its guiding principles is this statement:
The APDT web site has a wealth of helpful information for pet owners at www.
It involves theoretical, practical and oral examinations, but you can rest assured that when candidates pass, they adhere to the APDT Code of Practice and use 'kind, fair and effective methods of training, details of which you can find at www.
APDT members have been aPDT members have been assessed on theory, then a practical assessment teachingpractical assessment teaching a class of dogs and handlers some set lessons.
Note: not all members employ similar training methods, nor does APDT set standards of skill or competence.
In 1998 I saw it live for the first time at a demonstration at an APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) conference.
On the APDT website you will find lots of information that will help you to find the right classes and trainers in your area.
Dennison's book is a good resource, detailing the differences between APDT and AKC rally and providing lengthy instructions about how to train rally behaviors.