Calls for dog trainer licensure

The Alliance for Professionalism in Dog Training, a joint organization of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, has proposed model legislation that would require state licensure and continuing education for dog trainers. The CCPDT is currently working with legislators in New Jersey, California, and Illinois. The organization's model legislation takes into account literature and research promoting science-based training standards and prioritizes positive reinforcement rather than punishment as a training approach.

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