Welcome to the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Canada’s national professional association for those involved in training dogs.
** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** 3/16/2020** Top things to keep in mind regarding dogs and the coronavirus outbreak:
1. If your puppy is 8 - 14 weeks old, do NOT keep them at home to avoid exposure! It is critical that your puppy gets out to see things in the world like trucks and people in a variety of coats, etc. rather than keeping them at home. Please see our coronavirus tab in the menu for recommendations on socializing puppies at this time.
2. Only one dog in Asia has tested weakly positive for coronavirus among all those tested, and it is still not clear whether that was because someone else in the house who had the virus had coughed on their fur or the dog sniffed something belonging to them. So dogs contracting coronavirus or giving it to people is not a significant concern at the moment. H
3. If you do get the virus and are self-isolating at home, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask.
4. Make sure you have at least 3 weeks of your dog's food and medications at home in case you are required to stay home...you might want some extra dog toys too! If you are travelling, take the food and medications AND your regular dog emergency/first aid kit with you (in case you are stuck away from home).
5. if your dog is at home with you, try to ensure that their environment is enriched daily with short training sessions, enrichment toys and walks. Try to keep your routines similar to those before coronavirus if possible (feeding at the same times, etc.). Sometimes, stress can lead people at home to react to each other in ways they might not have before coronavirus hit. If there is tension in the home, please be aware that pets can sense that tension and may be affected by it. If your dog's behaviour has had a concerning change please contact both your veterinarian and a dog behaviour consultant (see our "find a trainer" link in the menu). Finally, to encourage your dog to not have separation anxiety when you return to your regular routines, try to take occasional walks outside the house without your dog or crate them for short periods when you are doing your household chores -- and watch our website when restrictions are eased for more tips and tricks.
Some of us enjoy and are employed teaching others to train their dogs. Some of us are avid trainers of our own pets and others are up-and-coming trainers. CAPDT is proud to be an association that welcomes members from varying backgrounds, working together to further the betterment of dogs and dog training through continued education and shared resources. We pride ourselves on welcoming dog trainers from all approaches with a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to share.
No matter what your occupation, if you love dogs, and want to learn more about training, you’ve come the right place!