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What is the CAPPDT?

The CAPPDT was created to give dog obedience trainers and instructors the opportunity of belonging to a cohesive group of like-minded people; to provide a forum whereby professional pet dog trainers can be educated, exchange and generate ideas and network with other professionals. Since its inception, the CAPPDT has evolved into the organization it is today.

In 1993, a very small group of dog trainers gathered to discuss the feasibility of forming an Association.  By mid-1994, an Executive was in place, a mandate was drawn up, by-laws to facilitate the running of day-to-day business of the Association were hammered out and a code of ethics for members was voted on and passed by the existing membership. By the end of 1997, the Association boasted a membership of almost 300. Ten years later membership has grown by 25%.

Our Mandate
We want to further the concept of dog-friendly and humane training techniques.  We endeavor to provide a single source of access to educational opportunities, peer networking, and event advertising of the highest quality.

How do we accomplish this?
We sponsor learning opportunities, provide on-line resources and increase public awareness of dog-friendly and humane training techniques by reaching out to stakeholder communities such as Veterinarians, Animal Health Technologists, shelters and dog owners.

Members hail from coast to coast and the U.S. Our membership comes in many flavours, from the professional who makes his/her living in the world of dog training to the hobbyist who runs classes once a week to the trainer who trains his/her own dogs for CKC / AKC obedience competition to the trainer who works with companion animals and their families.