How to Choose a Qualified Dog Behavior Professional

There are no current licensing, education or experience requirements to work as a dog behavior professional. That means there is no oversight from any government agency ensuring that a person in this field has appropriate training and education or uses industry standard methods for your dog’s issue. Here is helpful information to help you choose the best person to work with your dog. See why all our professionals meet or exceed the recommendations for experience and education.

Fetching the Perfect Trainer - A free webinar provided by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

How to Choose a Trainer - An article provided by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior to help consumers choose a qualified dog trainer.

How to Choose a Professional Dog Trainer or Behavior Consultant - Steps provided by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the leading independent testing and certification resource for dog training and behavior professionals. They offer the gold standard for the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices.

Why Not Go With the Cheapest Dog Trainer - Recommendation from The Dog Trainer, Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA at

Service Dog Frequently Asked Questions

We get many calls from clients seeking training for a service dog. We can help in some situations but this is a field that is plagued by scams and trainers who misrepresent what service dogs do and the training required. Here are some helpful articles to help you determine if your dog is a good candidate for this work and tips to avoid scams.

Helping Clients Choose The Right Service Dog Candidate - by Veronica Sanches, M.Ed., CABC, CPDT-KA and owner of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education