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APDT eLearning Certificate Courses

APDT Certificate Courses are designed to provide in-depth education on specific topics. Students will attend weekly lectures, participate in online discussions with fellow classmates, and work on homework assignments. Courses are designed to be challenging and thought provoking, and students who successfully complete the course will walk away with real, tangible, applicable materials and resources that can immediately be applied to their businesses.

Upcoming Course: Introduction to Learning Theory

Kristina SpauldingWhen most people think of learning, they think of intentional learning, such as taking a class or teaching a dog to sit. However, it's so much more than that. Everything dogs (and humans) do is affected by learning. This includes unhealthy or maladaptive behavior such as aggression and anxiety as well as simple, everyday behavior such as walking on leash, playing and interacting with people. In addition, learning is affected by everything dogs do and experience. Things like stress and trauma, as well as enjoyable experiences, all impact how dogs learn. This course will cover the basics of classical and instrumental learning and how to apply those principles to working directly with dogs (and people). More info >

Course Start End
Introduction to Learning Theory 04/6/2016 05/11/2016
Aggression and the Law: What Trainers Need to Know 05/12/2016 06/01/2016
Making More Money as a Trainer! Offering Profitable and Ancillary Services 07/13/2016 08/16/2016
Advanced Learning Theory 10/19/2016 11/22/2016

APDT eLearning

APDT eLearning

On-demand APDT webinars available from our archives. Learn various aspects of the dog training profession, including learning, behavior, health and nutrition, laws and regulations, business, and general industry topics by professionals from around the world.

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Dr. Melissa Bain discusses her presentations at the 23rd Annual Conference

Victoria Stilwell discusses her presentation at the 23rd Annual Conference

Grisha Stewart, M.A., CPDT-KA, KPACTP, discusses her presentations at 23rd Annual Conference.

Dr. Jennifer Adolphe Discusses APDT Conference

An Update from the Chair Regarding CCPDT CEUs

June 1, 2016 - As many of you may be aware, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has made some changes to their requirements for granting approvals of CEUs. I wanted to discuss these with our entire membership as many of you have chosen the certifications offered by CCPDT.

APDT Creates Locate a Trainer Brochure

April 6, 2016 - Free introductory packets of this brochure have been sent to select animal shelters, veterinary hospitals and pet stores throughout the U.S. to encourage and assist pet owners in finding APDT trainers where they live. Download Brochure


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Dogwise and APDT have been partners in promoting high quality information on dog care and training since the APDT was founded. Dogwise gives current APDT members discounts on retail purchases on line, at dog shows, and at the annual APDT Conference.

All APDT members receive a 10% discountThis discount applies to regularly priced items. Sales and clearance items are excluded. Enter your membership number in your Customer Account information and discounts will be applied automatically as long as your membership is valid. Discounts are taken at final checkout. Thank you for making Dogwise your partner in dog care and training!


The Dog Trainer's Resource 3 - APDT Chronicle Of The Dog Collection

Now Available from Dogwise!

The Dog Trainer's Resource 3 contains the best APDT Chronicle of the Dog articles from the past few years, placing a special emphasis on developing skills in areas where many dog trainers may lack experience, like specialized training protocols and improving business practices for profitability and longevity.

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