When it comes to dog training and animal behavior organizations, it’s easy to get lost in the acronyms. I know about the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) because I am a member — no, I’m not a dog trainer, but I sometimes play one on my blog — and I know that CDPTs are Certified Pet Dog Trainers who may or may not belong to the APDT, but do more often than not.
I’ve also come across a lot of convincing position statements by the AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior), a group of veterinarians and researchers who share an interest in exploring their nominal topic from a variety of perspectives; and am aware that the ACVB (American College of Veterinary Behaviorists) is the exclusive club of vets who have advanced degrees (Diplomates) in animal behavior.
Those are the good guys in my acronym pantheon, the ones who use positive training techniques and who base their practices on science.
Then there are the pain trainers.
I honestly don’t recall the name of the organization I associate with punishment techniques — and I wouldn’t send you to their site if I did — but I thought that there was an “I” in the acronym. I was therefore surprised to learn that Eric Goebelbecker, CPDT, who blogs about positive training at Dog Spelled Forward, was involved with the IAABC.
Turns out I was right about Eric, wrong about the acronym.
If you want to learn about this set of initials, which incorporates lots of the other letters I like, listen to Eric’s interview with the IAABC’s president, below. Then come to AnimalCafe.co Wednesday night at 9PM EST to participate in a live chat about the topic.