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AnimalKind Dog Training

AnimalKind dog training logoThere are many different certifications and designations for dog training – so how can you choose a good dog trainer?

AnimalKind is the BC SPCA’s new animal welfare accreditation and referral program for animal-related businesses. AnimalKind will help us connect dog owners with trainers who use verified humane methods.

To help develop pilot dog training standards, we surveyed B.C. dog trainers about current practices. View a summary report of the survey (PDF). We also received detailed feedback on the standards from nine external and academic training experts and from 36 dog trainers we consulted with.

Our goal is to help more dogs by creating a community of dog trainers who use science-based practices and share animal welfare values. Help us by providing your feedback on the pilot standards by October 31, 2018. Read the standards (PDF), and let us know what you think by emailing

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