Professional Associations Links

Professional bodies and associations

  • AABP - Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (US): Association of animal behavior technologists committed to non-coercive methods
  • APBC – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (UK): Certification-based membership. Tough criteria for experience and education.
  • APDT – Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Branches in the UK and US. World’s largest dog trainer association. Very broad values but common thread is the absolute ban on the use of force.
  • ASAB – Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour: Certification institute granting the title of Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Very demanding in terms of academic abilities, research skills and clinical experience.
  • APBC - Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors: Research-oriented certification institute for experienced pet behaviour professionals.
  • APLB – Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement: Specialized help after pet bereavement.
  • AVSA – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (US): Worldwide influencer on dog training- and behaviour management- policies
  • DWAA – Dog Writers Association of America (US)
  • ISAE – International Society for Applied Ethology (Worldwide): Association of applied ethologists specializing in the behaviour of companion animals and other captive animals.
  • KNPV – Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging (Dutch Association for Police Dog training)
  • PPG – Pet Professional Guild – Worldwide directory of force-free and highly trained pet professionals. One click to the greatest trainers the world over (Worldwide).
  • PSI – Pet Sitters International: Education and certification institute for pet sitters
Last updated December 2014