Helpful dog training and animal-related resources:
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
The website of the professional association of U.S. animal hospitals is full of good information, including a list of positions on controversial issues in the dog world, from raw food to ear cropping. They also have a separate website with info for pet owners, Healthy Pet.
American Humane Association (AHA)
The AHA, founded in 1877, is one of the oldest animal and child advocacy organizations in the country. They are involved in a wide range of educational, legislative, and research initiatives aimed at protecting children, pets, and farm animals from abuse and neglect.
American Kennel Club (AKC)
Look to the AKC for information on dog breeds, puppies, dog shows, the Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, the AKC Animal Therapy program, and a variety of training resources.
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
The APDT is a professional organization of dog trainers with 6,000+ members worldwide. They are a first-class source of information and education for dog trainers and anyone interested in dog training.
If you are interested in becoming a dog trainer, please visit their Career Info page.
Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Australia (APDT Australia)
Association of Pet Dog Trainers, New Zealand (APDT NZ)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
The ASPCA, created in 1866, is the oldest humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Although based in NYC, the Society plays a leading role in many national legislative and educational issues. Its website is a rich repository of information for pet owners on everything from skin conditions to behavior questions.
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
This organization of veterinarians, behaviorists, and research professionals publishes widely respected, scientifically sound positions on various dog training-related issues. On their website, you’ll find position statements about puppy socialization, the theory of dominance in dog training, and how to choose a dog trainer.
Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB)
CAAB is an organization of professionals with advanced graduate degrees in the science of animal behavior who have been certified through the Animal Behavior Society.
Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
The CAPPDT is a professional organization of dog trainers with close to 400 members in Canada. Its site is a great resource for anyone wanting to find a qualified dog trainer—or interested in becoming one.
Interested in working with dogs for a living? dogbiz provides business and marketing support to dog trainers and other dog business owners. On the company’s site, you’ll find advice, articles, products, and services for dog professionals.
Pet Partners (Pet Partners, previously Delta Society)
One of the country’s best-known therapy dog organizations, Pet Partners is a nonprofit that trains and places therapy, service, and companion animals. Anyone can be involved, either through donation or volunteering. Visit Pet Partner’s site for a wealth of information about animal-assisted therapy and service animal work.
National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)
The NADOI is a professional organization of obedience instructors that requires applicants to demonstrate a certain level of skill and knowledge of dog training and obedience instruction in order to obtain membership. The association further offers a number of educational certificates in obedience instruction.
Raising Canine ( Raising Canine )
Raising Canine is dedicated to providing quality, science-based education and business services to animal professionals, so they are able to dedicate their time to enhancing the owner-animal relationship.
Grisha Stewart’s Animal Building Blocks Academy( Grisha Stewart’s Animal Building Blocks Academy )
Grisha Stewart’s Animal Building Blocks Academy is an online
school with courses, live interviews, recorded videos, and live office hours
for ongoing support.
E-Training for Dogs ( E-Training for Dogs )
E-Training for Dogs offers cutting edge online educational webinars designed to develop canine enthusiasts and novices into skilled professionals equipped to better serve their canine clients.