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Training, Recommended Reading, and Helpful Links

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Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

The APDT is dedicated to building better trainers through education, promoting dog-friendly methods and encouraging their use. Membership is composed of trainers from across the spectrum of training philosophies who have an interest in furthering their knowledge of positive training. Membership in the APDT does not necessarily ensure all members employ similar training methods, nor does the Association set standards of skill or competence. Please refer to the APDT’s “How to Choose a Trainer” guidelines before selecting a dog trainer.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Up until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for dog trainers. The CCPDT serves to establish and maintain a series of standards for professional competence in pet dog training by certifying dog training professionals. Standards are based on humane practices and the latest scientific knowledge. Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer and may use the designation, CPDT after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the examination again in three years.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior. Join us and discover how insight into animal behavior can strengthen your bond with your pets and enhance the welfare of your patients.

CBARRC advocates the use of dog-friendly and humane training techniques. Below are a few resources to assist you in finding a trainer/behaviorist. We recommend that you refer to the Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s web site and click on “How to Choose a Trainer”.



Maryland: Wheaton/ Silver Spring area
While not meeting on a regular/formal basis, there are 3-4 ridgeback owners in this area, and we see each other in the Wheaton Regional Dog Park in Silver Spring, evenings around 5:00 p.m., and in the Spring/Summer a little later, around 6 p.m.

Virginia: Arlington
While nothing organized we have quite a few ridgebacks that come through our local Shirlington Dog Park, just off of I-395 in Arlington VA. The most likely time to run into other ridgebacks seems to be between 1000-1200 on the weekends. The nice thing about Shirlington is that besides the dog park there is Dog Wash place right next to it and across the street is a shopping and eating area. In that shopping area you have another nice dog store and several places to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee before or after your dog park visit. When the weather is nicer most of the restaurants also have significant amounts of outdoor seating and are fairly dog friendly.

Facebook Group for RR Folk in Northern Virginia:


RRCUS – Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the U.S.
The AKC sanctioned breed club of the United States

American Kennel Club (AKC)
The United States registry for purebreed dogs.

American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA)
Lure Coursing Organization

Social Media

CBARRC Google Group (for CBARRC members only)
Keep abreast of local events, club news and Ridgeback happenings!

RRCUS Facebook page

RRCUS Members Only Facebook Page

A Ridgeback internet discussion group with hundreds members worldwide

Ridgeback Pedigree Search Tool

A database of Ridgebacks pedigrees bred primarily in the United States

Recommended Reading

All these books, as well as the booklets by Dunbar and McConnell, are available from

“The Culture Clash” by Jean Donaldson
“Before and After Getting Your Your Puppy” by Ian Dunbar
“Puppy Primer” by Brenda Scidmore & Patricia McConnell
“The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia McConnell
“The Power of Positive Dog Training” by Pat Miller
” Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage & Enjoy a Multi-Dog Household” by Karen London & Patricia McConnell
For specific behavioral issues, both Ian Dunbar and Patricia McConnell have published several booklets on each particular behavioral concern
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