In June and July 2015 Sam completed rigorous assessments to be accept as a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. Sams K9 Academy adhere by the strict code of conduct of these organisations.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) logo

The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), UK is a voluntary organisation established to improve the welfare of dogs and the competence of dog owners through the promotion of training skills and techniques based on up to date, researched, methods that apply the principles of kindness fairness and effectiveness and are in keeping with modern learning theory.

We provide education - via pet dog training classes and one-to-one lessons - to the dog owning public, promoting the use of Kind, Fair and Effective training.

We will keep up to date on positive, effective training techniques that are based on the application of learning principles.

We find it sad and incomprehensible that some trainers are still using harmful and damaging equipment, such as prong, choke and electric collars, along with training techniques such as alpha rolls, lead jerks, kicks and other punishing methods.

The practice of using aversive methods or equipment on fearful and aggressive dogs is detrimental and dangerous.

Ideas, especially those about "dominance", are completely disconnected from the sciences of ethology and animal learning.

Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT)

Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) logo

ALL IMDT Trainers have undergone a rigorous Assessment process to meet the high standards expected of any IMDT member.

Dog Owners have long understood the importance of using not only a highly trained and experienced Dog Trainer, but also a Trainer that adheres to a Strict Code of Ethics to ensure both Owner’s and Dog’s training needs and met and exceeded in a positive and effective way.

IMDT Members are PRACTICALLY Assessed on both their Dog AND People training skills.

That’s what Owners get from an IMDT Qualified Trainer, peace of mind that the IMDT logo is a kite-mark of quality, knowledge and understanding.

ALL IMDT Full and Student Members have undergone a rigorous, PRACTICAL Assessment process to ensure they can deliver quality in four major areas of dog training:

Every IMDT Trainer is Re-Assessed every two years to ensure Continual Professional Development (CPD) is regularly maintained and expanded.

By booking an IMDT Member, you are booking a Trainer that has CHOSEN to be put through an Assessment process second to none within the professional dog training and behaviour arena.