I am very proud to announce the formation of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT). I, along with four other local positive reinforcement pet trainers founded the organization on May 30.
The organization and it's members are dedicated to force-free training. They have all pledged against using shock collars and choke chains, and eschew aversive punishment methods.
I am committed to the science of behavior – and the science supports a humane training approach, and want to be able to network, brainstorm, and refer to other like-minded trainers. If my schedule or location can't accommodate a client, it's very important that I'm able to refer that client to a trusted trainer.
Almost every trainer in the newly formed organization has attained certification by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. While certification isn't required to be a member of the MAAPT, all trainers are dedicated to continuing education and humane training methods.
Stay tuned, there will be more news about the MAAPPPT group in the near future!