We are building a community of dog trainers who are passionate about helping dogs and their guardians.
Join AnimalKind and help raise B.C. dog training to a level where science-based, positive reinforcement training is the only option guardians ever consider! By getting accredited, you’re building a stronger community of dog trainers and ensuring dogs everywhere are treated and respected in the way they deserve. Here’s how:
Watch dog trainers explain why they joined AnimalKind
AnimalKind accredited companies
- are committed to good welfare practices
- make a difference in their community
- are leaders in their industry
- have the BC SPCA stamp of approval
Join us in promoting science-based higher welfare practices
- Be recognized as a leader in B.C. dog training
- Set your company apart with endorsement from the BC SPCA
- Be part of a community that promotes science-based, positive reinforcement training methods
- Get referrals from local BC SPCA branches, our provincial call centre and our referral partners
The accreditation process has 5 steps.
- Apply: Complete the application form and submit the documents needed for the pre-audit.
- Pre-audit: AnimalKind reviews the application to determine if your business should proceed to the full audit. Once completed, we contact you to arrange the audit date, and issue an invoice for the audit deposit payment.
- Audit: Audits have a business administration part and performance audits of several dog training sessions. Audits review documents, websites, social media and other marketing materials, and include observations of facilities, equipment, and dog training methods.
- Decision: An audit report is submitted to you for your response. The AnimalKind Review Panel then evaluates your audit and recommends whether to accredit you.
- Accredited: You review and sign the AnimalKind accreditation agreement and pay your membership fee. Congratulations, you are AnimalKind accredited!
“ All BC trainers should become AnimalKind accredited, and I hope it's a model for other jurisdictions. ”
“ I've been a professional trainer for 20 years. I've seen many changes in the industry and hope that the days of push, pull, jerk, pinch, and shock will be a thing of the past. AnimalKind was the perfect fit! ”
“ Thank you to the BC SPCA for providing valuable leadership in creating the AnimalKind dog trainer accreditation. This program is a huge benefit to dogs and their guardians in the Lower Mainland and other BC communities. ”
“ I'm passionate about dogs. But more than that, I'm passionate about the human-animal relationship and our ability to understand and live with pets as our best friends. Being a part of a group of people who feel the same way, through the AnimalKind accreditation, means a lot to me as an educator and dog care professional. ”