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The Academy has enlisted the services of a marketing expert to find out what dog guardians want in pet dog trainers.

If you are a trainer, please share the survey link below with your clients.

If you are a dog owner, we would love if you could spare the time to get involved by completing the online survey. It should only take about 10 minutes. Your responses will be collated centrally and independently – they won’t be attributed to you personally. The link to the survey below – just click and you’re there.

If you’re willing to chat to the researchers about your views in a follow up interview, that would be fantastic too. Just check the box at the end of the survey and include your email address and they’ll get in touch. If not, they won’t contact you further. The responses they get will have tremendous value in setting standards for the future. And rest assured, your information absolutely won’t be used for marketing purposes. As a thank you for your time, you can opt to enter a prize draw for a copy of a Perfect Paws in 5 Days DVD. If you’d like to do so, just enter your email address at the end of the survey. (Again, they’ll only use this information to let you know if you’ve won.)

Please take part if you possibly can. Thanks in advance. The survey is open until October 4. Here’s the link:


Jean Donaldson
Author: Jean Donaldson

Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award. In 2017, Jean was recruited to create Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses. Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh. While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.