APDT Position Statements

The following are official position statements on a variety of dog-related issues by Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Breed Specific Homeowner's Insurance

Singling out and publicly demonizing certain breeds as dangerous is unfair, discriminatory, and does an immense disservice to those breeds and the people who care about them.

Breed Specific Legislation

The solution to preventing dog bites is education of owners, breeder, and the general public about aggression prevention, not legislation directed at certain breeds.

Crate Training

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers recommends the use of crates for puppies and dogs as a short-term training tool and as safety equipment throughout the dog's life.

Dominance and Dog Training

Dog training and behavior modification strategies that rely primarily on misinterpretations of wolf behavior are irrelevant, ineffective and can lead to serious negative complications.The APDT's position is that physical or psychological intimidation hinders effective training and damages the relationship between humans and dogs.

Fireworks and Other Loud-Noise-Producing Events

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers recommends that dog owners stay informed and be aware of events in their communities that are likely to generate organized or random fireworks displays and take steps to protect their dogs from and or desensitize them to loud noises such as fireworks and thunder.

Law Enforcement Use of Lethal Force against Dogs

The APDT believes that it is unreasonable to expect law enforcement officers to have a thorough understanding of dog behavior and/or ability to read dog body language and make split-second decisions while under stress and duress, that will necessarily result in the best possible outcomes for the dog or dogs in question.

Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Approach

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) supports a Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach to behavior modification and training.

Limit Laws

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) supports the adoption or enforcement of a program for the control of nuisance dogs that is fair, non-discriminatory and addresses dogs that are shown to be a nuisance by their actions.

Model Dog Law

Laws that deem a dog as dangerous or vicious based on appearance, breed or phenotype are unfair and discriminatory. The actual behavior of an individual dog should be the sole determination of its potential danger. The APDT has developed a model dangerous dog law that addresses the concerns of public safety and also respects the rights of dog owners.

Surgical Debarking

APDT encourages the implementation of dog-friendly behavioral solutions to barking problems, and is opposed to the debarking of dogs except as a last resort and unless and until all appropriate behavioral solutions have been explored and exhausted.